RI Beauty Insider: Pedi Nation – Get the Best Pedicure Ever
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Find a place that’s uber clean
You’ll get the lay of the land as soon as you open the salon door but make sure pedi tubs are drained and refilled with clean water and a sanitizing solution after every client. If you’re not sure, don’t be afraid to ask. Toe fungi are pas de chic. And dangerous.
Foot files should be scrubbed and soaked in hospital-grade sanitizing solution too. Don’t be afraid to ask – a good salon expects it.
Ditto all implements. Always cleaned. Always sanitized. All the time.
Bonus points if the salon provides one-time use nail files and nail buffers. Double bonus points if they place them in a cute little plastic bag with your name on it for the next time.
Anything with a blade is illegal in Rhode Island nail salons and good pedicurists won’t use it even if you ask. Foot files and scrubs work just as well. Blood isn’t chic either.
Consider a pedicure as a time to unwind. Don’t be shy – pedicurists have seen and handled all kinds of feet. And don’t worry about hairy legs either – in fact they prefer it. According to Nail Crew’s veteran pedicurists, Kate Barrows-Wilkinson, newly shaved legs can sting with the hard working scrubs and wraps that are used. Ease back into your vibrating chair, get out of her way, and let your trained pedicurist do her job!
Set it up
Most nail salons welcome walk-ins but if you come in off the street, you may have to wait for your throne. An appointment gets you behind the velvet rope faster. According to Barrow-Wilkinson, your best bet for getting your favorite pedicurist is to book an appointment and keep it!
So what’s the new black in nail color right this minute? Nail Crew’s crew says tropical corals and hot pinks. Think Brazilian sunshine on a scorching beach. But, that being said, anything goes. If you’re still hung up on sea blue and green, go for it. Toes are the perfect way to express your playful side. Kate Barrow-Wilkinson says a good pedicure will last about one month. Just in time to want to change your color.
Sum it up
Make sure your pedi place is pristine but also an oasis of pampering in your crowded life.
Nail Crew is a full service, upscale nail salon in North Kingstown. 401-583-7881
Donna Macdonald is a freelance writer who enjoys covering topics of interest to women, especially fragrance, style, beauty. She has also written marketing material for a women's book that hit the New York Times Bestseller list and netted her an up close and personal discussion on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Donna currently writes her own personal blog, alovelyinconsequence.blogspot.com where she also writes about issues close to a woman's heart. Donna believes that when a woman finds beauty in the world, she will find beauty in herself.
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51 Bassett Street, Providence, RI. (401) 273-3500.
Bristol Yoga Studio
If you are a yoga beginner or are experiencing the body changes that come with pregnancy, Bristol Yoga Studio is the place to go. Beginners will benefit from Kripalu Yoga, a mixed-level class that emphasizes wholeness, meditation, and balance. Pre-natal yoga will teach breathing techniques, body awareness, and more that will help both in labor and after you have had your child.
13 State Street, Bristol, RI. (401) 569-0147.
Boiler House Bikram Yoga
Boiler House Bikram Yoga in Providence is the place to be for all things Bikram Yoga. Bikram Yoga is a yoga practice that incorporates 26 traditional Hatha Yoga poses and 2 breathing exercises in a hot room. The benefits of Bikram Yoga include detoxification, increased libido, reduced stress, and so much more. Try it out for yourself; we did!
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Yoga Loft RI
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16 Cutler Street, Warren, RI. (401) 245-0881.
Santosha Yoga Studio
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14 Bartlett Avenue, Cranston, RI. (401) 780-9809.
Eyes of the World
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Breathing Time Yoga
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The Heron Studio
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21 Broad Street, Pawtucket, RI. (401) 441-8600.
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21 College Hill Road, Warwick, RI. (401) 615-3433.
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