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How to do a salon quality pedicure at home (step by step)

Pedicures at the spa are lovely but did you know you can get a salon-quality pedicure at home?

Wait, stay with me here, girl! You can do your pedicure at home on yourself with the right tools and instructions! The best part? Your feet and wallet with thank you! Here’s how to do your own at home pedicure step by step:

Step by step at home pedicure for beginners

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1. Remove old nail polish

The first thing you want to do is remove any old nail polish. Allow your toenails to breathe.

Nox-toxic nail polishes are great at removing nail polish without severely drying out nails which traditional nail polish removers tend to do. Here’s a list of my top non-toxic nail polish removers.

2. Soak Feet

Once you have removed all of your nail polish, it’s time to soak your feet (which is my favorite part!).

You can soak your feet in a flat bucket and even the tub! However, if you truly want a spa-level pedicure, I recommend this right here. I purchased mine a few years and I use it often especially because I wear heels and attend spin classes often. It warms the water, has bubbles, and a light to make me feel extra luxurious.

When soaking your feet, you want the water to be warm and hit right at your ankles.

I recommend soaking your feet for at least 10 minutes as this will soften your feet and cuticles. Additionally, it will make it easier to cut your nails and cuticles.

You can just soak your feet in regular water or do it big by adding things Epsom salt, essential oils, or even things like vinegar to help soften the feet.

Essential oils you can use for your pedicure:

Peppermint

It has a fresh scent and can help you stay alert and awake. It’s also good for someone who’s suffering from a slight headache or a clogged nose.

Lavender

It has anti-bacterial properties and promotes a calming and relaxing effect. It also has healing properties and is especially effective in treating minor scrapes, cuts, or burns. It can be used to treat athlete’s foot, can help with stress relief and relaxation, this oil is recommended to be added into the foot soak.

Tea tree oil

Has medicinal and healing properties, and those suffering from athlete’s foot.

Lemon Oil

Has antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Also, can clean toxins from the body and can help those suffering from athlete’s foot.

 

3. Clip toenails and shape

Once you have soaked your feet, lightly pat with a towel.

Now it’s time to clip your toes. Generally, you want to clip right after soaking your feet since your toenails will be softer after the foot soak.

I recommend cutting your nails straight across and avoiding cutting or digging deep into the corners of the nails as this may give you in-grown toenails.

Once clipped, you can then follow-up by shaping your toenails.

 

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4. Push back your cuticles and cut, if need be

You know that white crust around your toenails that like to show-up and show-out around your toes?! It’s time to get them together.

Push back your cuticles and cut cuticles that need to be removed using a cuticle pusher. If your cuticles are super stubborn, I recommend looking into a cuticle remover cream or oil. While this doesn’t technically remove your cuticles if will make it easier to push them back or remove.

Once you have pushed back cuticles, run a cleaner along the base of the nail to remove excess cuticle and dead skin.

 

5. Soften your feet

Once your toenails have been shaped, it’s time to soften your feet. This is important as it gets rid of dead skin cells, improves circulation, and helps give you baby soft feet that’s glowing.

You can do this a few ways:

Foot File/Scraper

A foot file does exactly what it says; files your feet! A foot scraper is usually made of metal with a bundle of tiny holes to help remove the dead skin. While scraping, its best to go in rounds by removing the thick skin gradually over a few sessions. This will ensure you aren’t too aggressive with your feet.

Pumice stone

You can use a pumice stone to scrub away dead skin. You want to make sure your skin is still a little damp as you never want to use a pumice on dry skin. You will want to apply the pumice to hard areas on your feet such as the balls of your feet, corns, and calluses.

Exfoliating scrub

You can make your own exfoliating scrub or purchase one such as this. Simply cover your feet in the exfoliating scrub cream, gently scrub and then rinse.

 

6. Hydrate & massage your feet

Your spa-level at-home pedicure is almost done!

Foot massages help to increase blood circulation so when you apply a foot lotion, I recommend combining with a foot massage.

I like to make my own foot cream which includes coconut oil, lavender oil, mint oil and shea butter but you can also purchase one for a very low price such as this.

7. Paint toenails

Now it’s time to paint the nails.

If you don’t have a sturdy hand when painting your nails or your nails tend to mess up from rubbing on your toes, I highly recommend investing in toe separators to keep your nail polish from smearing.

Hopefully, you already have some nail polish colors in mind. I recommend having these 3 types of nail polishes for your pedicure.

1. A base nail color

Applied first. This creates a barrier between your nail and varnish that helps protect your toenails from the damaging effects of nail polish. A base prevents staining and peeling, and it will give your polished nails a more even texture.

2. Colored Nail polish

Apply a bead of polish from the brush to your toenail (center of the toenail). Gently guide the polish to each part of your nail  (middle, left then right) in three strokes. You want to make sure to apply thin coats.

Allow that thin layer to dry before applying a second layer for more color and coverage

3. A top coat (shiny, matte, long-lasting)

A top coat makes your nail polish shine (which really gives you that salon quality pedicure at home!). Additionally, top coat of nail polish can make your nail polish last longer by preventing chipping and fading.

Between each layer of nail polish, you want to ensure you are removing excess nail polish. You can do so easily with a q tip.

8. Enjoy your pedicure!

And there you go! Your salon-quality pedicure at home!

 

Tools you will need for a DIY pedicure at home

Here is a list of what to use for your pedicure at home:

Additionally, you can look into purchasing a foot kit that includes all the tools.

How to sanitize pedicure tools at home

You can clean your pedicure tools at home by wiping off any debris and then following up by washing with soap and water, To disinfect pedicure tools, rub with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol. Additionally, you can soak your tools in hydrogen peroxide for a few minutes.

To remove dirt and oil residue in your foot soak, use a magic eraser to remove the oily residue build-up that can leave a ring around your foot bath.

So this step-by-step how to have a spa-level pedicure at home! Do you give yourself pedicures or do tend to go to the salon? I would love to know below!

On my next blog post, I’m sharing how to get salon-quality nails at home!

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