Gray Matter


Getting a Manicure and Pedicure Is Another Filipino Pastime

RT Cunningham | January 3, 2021 (UTC) | Health

manicureMost women in the Philippines will get a manicure and a pedicure at the same time. Usually, the person doing the job is a woman from the same neighborhood. She’s both the manicurist and the pedicurist. Why? Because it’s a lot less expensive than going to a nail salon.

My wife, Josie, gets her manicures and pedicures this way. Every time she suggests I get my nails done that way, I adamantly refuse. I’ve seen it being done enough times to know I should groom my nails the way I’ve done it for as long as I can remember.

Manicure and Pedicure - The Tools of the Trade

When the manicurist and pedicurist uses one tool and one tool only, it’s a good idea to stay away. I’m talking about a cuticle nipper. Perhaps they use nail clippers as well, but I’ve yet to see them being used during any manicure or pedicure session I watched.

Perhaps it’s because the cuticle nipper is serving double-duty, the way it’s intended to be used as well as a nail clipper. I really don’t know. The one thing I do know is that they shape the toenails just like fingernails and that’s a big no-no. I can tell Josie and all the other women it’s being done wrong, but they’ll simply ignore me.

Grooming My Nails

I use fingernail clippers for my fingernails and toenail clippers for my toenails. That’s the way it should be. I’ll use the file attached to the fingernail clippers to dig any crud from under either set of nails. I’ll also use it to clean up the cuticles on my toes. My fingers never have problems.

There are plenty of instructions on fingernail and toenail grooming available on the net. Fingernails should be rounded, along the natural nail patterns. Toenails should be cut straight across.

One woman or another is always complaining about a pedicure she just had, including Josie on occasion. The woman will dig into the flesh (not intentionally, I’m sure) while shaping the toenails. I see women using candle wax to ease the pain.

No, thank you. I’ll do mine like I’ve always done them. I never have issues with my nails, other than not wanting to cut my toenails. As I get older, it takes longer and longer to cut them correctly.

Photo Attribution: StockSnap from Pixabay
Edited and updated. Originally published at one of my other websites in April 2017.

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