Pedicures are great, but they can also be extremely expensive and time-consuming. If you have the time and the money, go ahead and get your nails done at the salon, but if you’re like most people, you don’t have that kind of time or money to spend on your feet. Fortunately, pedicures can be done just as effectively and cheaply at home! Here are 10 easy steps for doing pedicure at home that will make your feet feel pampered without draining your wallet.
9 Easy steps to do a pedicure at home
1. Prepare your tools and products
The first step to doing a pedicure at home is having all of your tools and products ready. You can create your own pedicure kit or purchase a kit that already has everything you need. All you’ll need are: nail clippers, nail file, a small nail brush, cuticle stick/remover tool, an orange wood stick (for removing calluses), an emery board (for shaping nails), cuticle cream, lotion, foot file (optional), cotton balls/pads and nail polish remover. You may want to put all of these items into plastic bags or containers so they’re easy to grab when you’re setting up for your pedicure session.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to use every product listed above—it’s just what most people typically use during a pedicure. There are plenty of other options available depending on what type of look you’re going for. For example, if you’d like painted toes instead of natural-looking ones, then using nail polish is important. Or if your feet have a tendency to get dry and cracked easily, then using foot cream or lotion after your pedicure would be helpful as well.
2. Remove old polish
One of the most important steps of your pedicure is taking off old nail polish. If you don’t take the time to do this, you’ll have a hard time fully cleaning and moisturizing your nails. Removing old polish is easy!
Here’s what you need to do:
Protect your work surface and make cleanup easier by laying down a towel or newspaper.
Find a nail polish remover with acetone. The acetone will help remove the polish faster.
Pour the nail polish remover into a bowl or small container.
Soak a cotton ball in the nail polish remover.
Wipe the cotton ball on your nails. The cotton ball should pick up the polish left on your nails.
Continue wiping your nails with the cotton ball until all of the polish is gone.
Wash your hands with soap and water. Rinse the nail polish remover off your hands.
3. Shape and trim nails with a nail file
After removing the old polish, trim your nails and shape them with a nail file. Start at one end of your nail and gently run the file across it in one direction. Repeat on each side to smooth out rough spots, then use a gentle back-and-forth motion to shape. Some people swear by emery boards (the kind you see in salons), while others prefer glass files or metal ones; if you have one that works for you, don’t be afraid to stick with it! If not, try them all until you find what works best for you.
4. Soak your feet
Once the nails are well trimmed and cleaned, soak your feet in warm water for about ten minutes. If you want to add some herbs or flowers, you can but that’s not necessary. Make sure that your feet are thoroughly soaked and keep them there for around ten minutes. This will help soften up your skin and make it easier to remove dead skin and ingrown nails.
5. Exfoliate your feet with a pumice stone or foot file
The most important step of any good pedicure is to exfoliate your feet with a pumice stone or foot file. Exfoliating your feet will remove all the dry and dead skin and make your feet feel more comfortable.
If you don’t have a pumice stone or foot file, use a loofah and scrub vigorously to remove as much dead skin as possible. Removing extra skin will give you more room for polish and ensure that your polish stays on longer! You can easily find something like a pumice stone at any drugstore and it can be used over and over again.
6. work on cuticle
The next step is to take your feet out of the water and wash them with clean water. Then wipe your feet with a towel and start working on the cuticle.
If you are going to have your feet properly pedicured, you must decide whether or not to have the cuticles removed. Some people like them (some people hate them), but they should be removed if they are cut or torn. If they are just a little ragged, some people prefer to have them trimmed instead of completely removed. You can use a cuticle removal tool to remove cuticles.
7. Apply moisturizer
Now the important thing you need to do is massage your feet with a moisturizer. The arch of your foot should be massaged with small, circular motions using clean fingers. This will help to get rid of dead skin and it will relax tense muscles as well as increase blood flow, which is always good for nails. Use scented lotion if you have it on hand, but plain old coconut oil or a good-quality body lotion works just as well. Do both feet and use long strokes from heel to toe rather than short back-and-forth strokes.
8. Apply base coat to your nails
Nail polish without a base coat isn’t particularly durable. Without a layer of base coat, nail polish will chip and peel within a few days. With a good base coat, however, you can get a week or more out of your polish. A base coat also helps your polish adhere to your nail, making it a little easier to apply.
9. Apply nail polish
Once the base coat is complete, apply nail polish. Applying nail polish is a necessary task for every girl. Keeping your nails looking fresh and shiny is a way to express your unique style. It is also a great way to keep your nails in good condition.
Once the nail polish is completely dry, apply a top coat to keep the polish from chipping, cracking, or peeling. Apply a thin layer of topcoat and let it dry for a few minutes. Apply another thin layer of top coat and let it dry for a few more minutes. And with that, a pedicure at home is complete.