A manicure is a beauty treatment which uses special tools, creams, and massage techniques to leave your nails and hands healthy and looking good.


A manicure benefits your hand by improving the texture and health of both the fingernails and the skin of your hands, as well as leaving your nails looking polished and perfect.  A side effect that most clients experience from a soothing manicure is a feeling of being more relaxed.

A good manicure can:

  • clean, shape, strengthen, paint and decorate your nails

  • attend to any skin problems you might have around the nail, such as broken or sore skin

  • use hand-massage techniques to stimulate the blood and lymph flow to improve the health of your skin

  • use oils and creams to exfoliate, cleanse and improve the texture of your nails and the skin of your hands.

What to Expect from a Manicure

A manicure is usually very soothing. It can be nice to have someone touch your hands and nails, especially if the manicurist uses reflexology or other hand-massage techniques to relax you. You will probably be one-on-one with the manicurist, who should tell you what she is going to do and check to see if you have any queries or concerns. A manicurist will usually dress your nails with your choice of nail colour, and you may also be able to have more decorative nail art applied. Check beforehand if you want this, as you may need another person to do the honours.

A manicure can last from 15 minutes to more than an hour, depending on what you’re having done. Generally speaking, the longer the time allocated to the manicure, the more elements you can expect.

Leave yourself enough time to get the full benefit of the treatment, and make sure you don’t have to rush off. If for any reason the manicure takes longer, it’s hard to drive with sticky polish still drying on your fingers! Whilst shop-bought nail polish often takes five minutes to dry, salon colour can take up to 12 hours to dry completely. (This isn’t the case with gel manicures as those polishes contain polymers which harden under UV light; your nails are smudge- and chip-resistant the minute the treatment is over.)

Don’t wear gloves, or anticipate needing your hands for any kind of dextrous work immediately after a manicure. It may not be the best thing to go straight back to banging away on a computer keyboard, doing someone’s hair, or bathing your children if you have just had delicate solutions applied to your nails.

Different Kinds of Manicure

Forget Me Not Therapies offer the following manicures:

  • Express Manicure (nail shape, cuticle tidy and polish)

  • Classic Manicure (nail shape, cuticle tidy, foot soak, relaxing foot & leg massage, nail polish)

  • Deluxe Manicure (nail shape, cuticle tidy, foot soak, relaxing foot & leg massage, exfoliation and polish)

Manicure Tips

  • If you have weak nails and always wear nail polish, give your nails a rest and allow them time to breathe for a couple of days without polish – if you don’t they’ll just stay weak and probably turn a nasty shade of yellow.

  • If you file your nails between manicures, avoid filing the corners of your nails too much as this can weaken them.

  • Keep your nail polish in the fridge for when you need to touch up your colour (this will keep it at its best).

  • Re-apply a top coat after a week or so of having your nail manicure to prolong the polish.

  • Regularly moisturise your hands and cuticles to prevent them become dry and flaky.

  • If you have an injury to your hand — a wound, or joint or muscle strain, or a rash or broken skin — you are well advised to wait until you recover before you have a manicure, or else make your manicurist very aware of your limitations.

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