In order to do a home pedicure, you need to find the right pedicure tools. Quality clippers, exfoliators and cuticle pushers are three of them, all well worth the investment. Not only can you use them at home, but you can bring them to the salon if you elect for professional pedicure treatment -- this will help prevent bacterial infections that can develop when your pedicurist use poorly sanitized tools. Here's everything that you will need.
- An electric bubbling foot bath (optional).
- A toenail brush to clean both the tops and undersides of the nails, as well as the feet.
- An abrasive pedicure file (wand exfoliator) or pumice stone to get rid of dry, flaky skin.
- A metal cuticle pusher or wooden "orange" stick, a round stick about four inches long with a slanted tip for cleaning under the nails and around the cuticles.
- A massaging foot roller (optional).
- Toenail clippers made to cut thick, hard nails without tearing them.
- Fine-grained nail files or emery boards for shaping and smoothing nails.
- Foam toe dividers (or cotton balls) to separate toes when applying base, polish and top coats to prevent smudging.
- A nail buffer to shine the tops of nails before you polish them or to give bare ones a natural, healthy look.
Once you have the right pedicure tools, set aside about an hour to get your feet and toes worthy of being in the limelight.