Is there anything more pampering and fun than getting the girls together for a spa day and manicures? They make your hands feel soft and of course they look pretty with the addition of the latest colour and style of nail polish. They also help your hands by massaging them which makes the circulation and blood flow improve and, well, they’re just a great thing to do for yourself once in a while.
The word manicure comes from the French who in turn took it from the Latin. ‘Manus’ means hands and ‘cura’ means care so really, it’s caring for your hands and what’s better than that after a long hard day, week, month, year of constantly working with them?
Manicures date back to 5000 years ago when it was customary for men and women to take care of their hands and paint their nails, usually to denote something like social class or to get ready for battle. It’s something humans do to feel pretty and pampered, and it’s something that has been a constant throughout history.
Manicures combine caring for the nails by shaping and trimming them and also caring for the cuticles and hangnails by clipping and pushing them down. They also contain an element of massage and can be performed on either natural or artificial nails. If you are getting a set of acrylics, gel fillers or tips this is also all under the same treatment umbrella. There are also variations on the theme by using hot oil to clean and soften the cuticles and to help with the massaging of the hands. Mineral oil, olive oil and aromatherapy oils are all used.
While there are hot trends in nails all the time, the French Manicure is something that has stood the test of time and is still considered fashionable today. It was created by Jeff Pink back in 1976 when he wanted a more natural nail look. It is constructed by keeping the base of the nail either natural colour or with a hint of pink to make them look healthy and then white is applied to the tip. The whole thing is then enrobed in clear polish to give it that glossy look. There are several versions of this with the tips being other colours other than white, but classic still wins out with most.