To learn the technique of giving a pedicure

A pedicure may be considered a luxury treatment. It makes the feet feel more comfortable and helps to eliminate rough scales. lt also beautifies the feet and toenails and thus is part of the patron's grooming.


  • Warm water
  • Disinfectant Solution
  • Orangewood sticks
  • Toenail clippers
  • Cuticle nippers
  • Emery board
  • Towel
  • Cuticle Softener
  • Cuticle cream
  • Polish remover
  • Cotton
  • Nail polish
  • Moisterlzer
  • Foot cream
  • Two terry towels

How to do a Pedicure

  1. Soak the patron's left foot in the disinfectant solution for 3 or 4 minutes. The right foot remains on a towel placed on the floor.
  2. Dry the left foot, holding it in your lap while drying.
  3. Place the right foot in the disinfectant solution.
  4. Remove nail polish from the left foot.
  5. Shape the nails by filing them straight across. If the nails are long, shorten them with toenail clippers and then file to smooth the edges.
  6. Use cuticle softener around the nails of the left foot. Work gently to remove excess cuticle, using a cotton-tipped orangewood stick. Do not use a steel cuticle lifter, because the toe could easily be injured.
  7. Apply cuticle cream and massage it into the cuticle around the nail.
  8. Clean under the free edge of the nail with the cotton-tipped orangewood stick.
  9. Apply hand lotion or foot cream and massage the foot, paying special attention to rough areas such as the heels.
  10. Dry the right foot.
  11. Repeat steps 2 through 9 on the right foot. Place the left foot on the floor.
  12. Hold the left foot at the edge of the pan, using the nail brush to remove the cuticle cream.
  13. Trim the cuticle with cuticle nippers if necessary.
  14. Space the toes by placing folded cotton between them.
  15. Use alcohol to clean the surface of the toe nails.
  16. Apply a base coat.
  17. Repeat steps 12 through 16 on the right foot.
  18. Apply nail polish to the toes of both feet.
  19. Allow polish to dry thoroughly. Wait for 15 or 20 minutes before allowing the patron to put on their shoes.
  20. Clean up: Wash tools with soap and water and then disinfect them. Discard all materials that cannot be disinfected.

Foot Massage

 Procedure for foot massage:

  1. Apply lotion or cream to the foot.
  2. Start by placing both thumbs on the instep bracing the front with the fingers on the bottom of the foot. Using a firm rotating movement, working down to the centre of the toes.
  3. Slide back to the instep and repeat the same movement.
  4. Continue to massage until you have covered the top of the foot completely.
  5. Holding the heel of the patron's foot in your left hand, .rotate each toe three times.
  6. With the foot in an upward position, massage the sole of the foot from the heel to the toes by rotating them in small cir«les with your thumbs.
  7. Slide your right hand to the ankle and rotate the foot.
  8. Repeat steps 1 through 7 on the other foot.

Hand Massage

Hand massage is an important part of every manicure. It not only relaxes the patron, but also stimulates blood circulation and help keep the hand flexible and the skin smooth.

Procedure for Hand Massage

  1. Apply a hand lotion. Holding th~atron's hand in the palm of your hand, apply the lotion to the back of the patron's hand. Gently distribute the lotion to the wrist and the fingers.
  2. Place the patron's elbow on the manicuring pillow. Hold the hand in an upright position, supporting it with your left hand. With your right hand, slowly bend the patron's hand back and forth. This helps to limber the wrist and relax the hand. All manipulations are repeated three times.
  3. While the hand is in this position, place the cushions of your thumbs in the palm of the patron's hand and massage in a circular movement from wrist to fingers.
  4. Rest the patron's arm on the manicuring table and put her hand in yours. Grasp each finger between your thumb and index finger and rotate it in a circular motioin.
  5. Hold the patron's hand in yours with both thumbs on the back of her hand at the wrist. Massage in a circular sliding movement down the back of the hand, followJngthe line between the bones from the knuckles to the wrist. Slide back to wrist and give it a wringing motion.
  6. Rotate each finger-in a circular motion, beginning at the base and working up to the fingertip. Slide back and, with your thumb and fingers, pull down toward the fingertip inatapering motion.
  7. Repeat steps 1 through 6 on the patron's other hand.


  1. Ensure proper hygiene.Use clean and fresh tools for each client.
  2. Seat the client comfortably.
  3. Be very careful when trimming nails and cuticle. Apply an antiseptic ointment in case you have injured the area.
  4. Wipe and dry hands and feet after every step.

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