Spa services are often seen as a luxury — a very femme one at that — but when it comes to pedicures, it turns out that they have health-driven advantages as much as aesthetics. Hammer & Nails is a masculine grooming salon in Hollywood, Calif., that focuses on wellness. Women are welcome into their industrial space, but you won’t find any polish services on their menu.
“Our mission is to provide the highest level of sanitation while focusing on the health and wellness of hand and foot grooming.” says Natasha Ray, general manager and lead manicurist at salon. “Our feet support tremendous daily pressure and weight, making them susceptible to injury, fatigue and infection. While the foot is one of the most widely utilized parts of the body, most of us neglect proper foot care.”
Natasha shared six health benefits with us that come directly from getting monthly pedicures — footsie-friendly feet are just a bonus.
1. Early Detection of Problems
Receiving a regular pedicure can help the pedicurist detect early signs of corns, bunions and fungal infections. These conditions are easier to treat when they are identified in their earlier stages.
2. Decreases Chances of Infections
Clipping, cutting and cleaning of the toenails prevent them from growing inward and causing infection. The elimination of dirt and bacteria from your feet will also help prevent nail diseases disorders (fungi) and foot odors. It is also important to keep toenails healthy because they protect toes from trauma.
3. Preserves Skin’s Moisture
A pedicure includes soaks in warm water and massages with oils and lotions that help preserve the moisture and integrity of your feet. Moisturized feet are less likely to get blisters, crakes or other foot problems. It is also important to keep your cuticles moisturized to prevent nails from growing out with ridges or split ends which can cause the nails to lift out of the nail beds.
4. Exfoliates the Feet
Exfoliation prevents skin cells from accumulating and causing bunions or corns, which can be uncomfortable and painful. The removal of the dead skin on your feet, especially on the heel, promotes new cell growth, which creates smoother and more attractive feet.
5. Promotes Circulation
The most enjoyable part of the salon pedicure is the massage. Massaging helps promotes circulation and helps relieve tension in the calves and feet. Increase in blood circulation can reduce pain and help distribute heat throughout your body.
6. Relaxes the Entire Body
A good pedicure can be very relaxing. It helps you relieve stress and can be therapeutic.
For those who don’t have the benefits of visiting a Hammer and Nails, and aren’t comfortable visiting a female-centric salon, Natasha suggests the following steps for your at-home foot grooming:
And, to get you started, be sure to check out our recommended pedi products!
Left, clockwise: Johnson’s Foot Soap available at drugstores for $2.99; Elemis Treat Your Feet foot cream available at Mankind for $30; Personal Pedi available at Target for $14.99; U-Comfy Accu-Pressure Foot Massager available at Bed Bath & Beyond for $199; Essie Man-e-Cure available at Dermstore.com for $15; The Art of Shaving 7-Piece Manicure Set available at Sephora for $160
Photo by Nathan Wooden
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