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Get ready to nail it. How good is your hand care routine? Many of us regularly neglect our hands, nails and cuticles – leaving them feeling dry and rough. If the words ‘hand soak’ conjure up a vision of the washing up bowl, we reckon it could be time to treat yourself to a manicure...
There are many nail treatments available to suit a variety of different needs. An express manicure will leave you with perfectly polished nails in under 20 minutes, whereas a luxurious, deep-conditioning hand treatment may last as long as an hour.
During your manicure, the therapist will use an emery board to shape your nails and file them to the correct length. They will then carefully push back and trim your cuticles, to give a neat appearance. Before applying nail polish, the manicurist may also give you a hand massage or apply a nourishing mask – just the kind of TLC that tired hands need.
Ready for the fun part? You will be asked to choose your preferred colour of nail polish, from a sophisticated French manicure to classic red (or even some bold nail art, if you’re feeling adventurous). Your manicurist will prime your nails with a base coat, before applying the colour and sealing with a hard-wearing top coat – great for protecting against everyday wear and tear.
Not only will a good manicure nourish your nail beds, but it will also leave you feeling nice and relaxed – always a bonus. Opt for a deluxe hand and nail treatment for the ultimate pampering experience, or book yourself in for an express file and polish if time is of the essence.
A good manicure can last for as long as a week – just make sure you’re careful when doing things with your hands to avoid chipping.