Written by Jennie
I live a fairly average middle-class life, meaning that my opportunities for pampering are few and far between. One of the indulgences I allow myself frequently, however, is pedicures. I gave up on manicures a few years ago; it’s too annoying to spend $10 only to have my polish chip after a few hours. I can push back my own cuticles and shape my own nails just fine, and sometimes I’ll even slap a coat or two of clear polish (or very occasionally, color) on them. But I love pedicures. I usually go every four weeks or so – just long enough for my toenails to need cutting, my heels to get a bit calloused, and my polish to start to look a little funky. For about $15 I can get my feet whipped into tip-top shape, and have a relaxing time while doing it!
I love the indulgence of a pedicure – sitting back in the spa chair, turning on the chair’s massage feature, sticking my feet in a warm bubbly footbath and flipping through a trashy magazine as I wait my turn. I love that the technicians trim the cuticles on my toes, a nicety I probably wouldn’t bother with on my own. I love the way they scrub the dry skin off the soles of my feet vigorously with a scrubby sponge. (I swear they used to use Pedi-egg-type graters and even a couple of times a shaver thingy that would peel the dry dead skin off in little strips – it was weirdly fascinating to watch! I think maybe they’ve stopped because of reports of infections that resulted from equipment that wasn’t properly cleaned. I seem to remember some “hard-hitting” local news investigations from several years ago about how your local nail salon might! just! kill! you! Dun-dun -dun!) I love the foot/calf massage they give you before they apply the polish (my sister, the lovely Anya, usually skips the massage. She’s crazy – it’s the best part! But I think she’s ticklish).
Most of all I love getting a fresh coat of color on my toenails, something I can display in sandals all summer long (not that I don’t get color in the winter; people just get less of a chance to see it!). I like to mix it up – my go-to shade is usually a vampy dark red, but sometimes I’ll choose a hot pink or a bright orange. A couple of pedis ago I even went with a nice peacock blue, and got a lot of compliments on it. I don’t tend to be hugely adventurous in my style in general; toenail color is one place I feel like I can be a little wilder.
I don’t always love my hair; I don’t always have the time/money/energy to dress as nicely as I’d like to. But for under $20 a month, I can make my feet the best looking feet they can possibly be. I love pedicures!