Women have been enjoying manicures and pedicures since the days of Cleopatra. Today, it's almost a tradition for brides-to-be to treat themselves to this queen-like luxury. Having your nails done before your wedding day isn't just a great way to relieve some stress and relax - you can show off that gorgeous engagement ring and feel confident that your fingernails are just as beautiful!
Choosing Your Nail Salon
Manicures and pedicures have become such a normal part of modern life, there's usually a nail salon in every shopping center. The trick is to find one that offers what you want at a price that fits into your budget. You also want a manicurist that does a good job and adheres to high standards for health and safety - no one wants an unknown fungus to appear right before time to say I do!
If you're new to the pampering world of manicures and pedicures, turn to your friends and relatives for recommendations or read online reviews of your local choices. In most areas, nail salons are subject to health and sanitation inspections similar to those restaurants receive. Make sure you choose a location with an acceptable grade that only hires licensed nail technicians.
Selecting Your Services
Do you want long, sleek nails with unique designs and bold colors or do you prefer something subtle with a natural look? Maybe your nails need some serious help after all the biting they've endured during your planning headaches or maybe you're a regular to manicures and just need a bit of maintenance to keep things looking good. Most nail salons offer a variety of services and many have packages to choose from depending on your needs.
A basic manicure typically includes a nail and cuticle treatment, followed by your choice of polish. A base coat, at least one colored coat, and a protective clear top coat is generally included but some salons may charge separately for these services.
Spa manicures usually feature vitamin-enriched exfoliating massages, hydration applications, and moisturizers.
Acrylic or gel enhancements give you perfect nails without the trouble of growing them. These are available in various lengths and can be shaped the way you like. Remember that nail enhancements need regular maintenance, usually twice a month, or must be professionally removed in most cases.
Natural overlays improve the appearance of your natural nails and will also strengthen them to encourage growth.
Airbrushed nail art is a favorite with bridal parties and can be custom created to match your dress and wedding colors. Airbrushed nails dry quickly and are more resistant to chips and breaks.
While many nail salons accept walk-in appointments, I highly recommend scheduling your manicure and pedicure at least 2 days in advance. Book your appointment as close to your wedding day as possible so your nails look their absolute best on your special day!