Remove all traces of nail polish with a cotton wool pad soaked in remover. Pay special attention to the corners, where streaks of nail color may remain.
Soak hands in a bowl of warm, soapy water with a pinch of salt.
Massage cream into the cuticle, all around the nail and down to the first joint of the finger. Push back the cuticle with a cuticle stick.
Clean your nails with a soft brush.
Give your hands a light scrubbing with a pumice stone, to gently cleanse the skin.
Cut your nails to the desired length.
File your nails to prevent splitting and flaking. Use the coarse side of the nail file to reduce the size of the nail, and the fine side to shape and seal edges.
Snip cuticles with a cuticle cutter. You can also apply a liquid cuticle remover (an alkaline based liquid with a moisturizing agent) to the nails to further soften dead skin cells which collect around the nails groove.
Remove dirt lodged underneath nails.
Change the water in the bowl and add a few drops of antiseptic solution. Apply hand cream and give yourself a thorough massage to remove dry or loose skin cells. This improves the circulation and allows hands to become supple and soft to the touch. At Villa Appearances, a vibratory massager is used to induce softness.
Steam hands with a soft towel and relax. You are done with a the manicure. But if you would like to take things a step further, the Deluxe Rose Manicure at Villa Appearances has a few extra steps, for those who like to be spoiled.
Apply a thick layer of cream to your hands.
The thermoherb pack reduces wrinkles and fine lines, and tightens skin.
This pack is removed after ten minutes and a rose mask pack is applied with a manicure brush, to refresh and rejuvenate hands.
Nails are polished with a buffer. This improves blood circulation and gives nails a shine.
Two coats of nail polish and a topcoat later. Perfect.