For a treatment that has the word ‘man’ in it, manicures are decidedly feminine. If your other half has suggested treating you to a manicure, you’d be forgiven for conjuring up images of spiky fake nails coated in red lacquer before running a mile in the opposite direction.
But times are changing, and manicures and pedicures are no longer for women only. Of course, if you want to experiment with colour and nail art you are more than welcome to, but generally speaking the male manicure is very different to the female manicure.
Manicures for men focus more on tidying up your fingernails – pushing back ragged cuticles, evening out bitten fingernails and buffing the ridges out of your nails.
If you’re working in a job where your hands are being seen a lot (e.g. in retail or as a driver), a quick manicure every once in a while can keep your hands looking neat and clean without looking girly.
Likewise, a pedicure is just an opportunity to slough away all that yellowing dead skin from your feet and prepare your toes for sandal season. You’ll be amazed at the difference this can make – trust me, unkempt toenails are a lot more noticeable than freshly pedicured feet.