In this blog post we look at the average price of a manicure and pedicure in London plus everything else you need to know.
A manicure and pedicure are essential to maintaining the well-groomed look for both men and women. Recent surveys have estimated that we are spending as much as £450 a year on our nails!
“I believe in manicures… I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls,” said Audrey Hepburn. Perfectly polished fingernails and toenails instantly make us feel more pulled together and confident.
The nail industry in London is booming and there are many nails bars to choose from.
What is a manicure?
The word “manicure” comes from the Latin manus, meaning “hand”, and cura meaning “care”.
The manicure is said to have originated several thousand years ago in India, where henna was used to dye the nails. However, manicures really took off in the early 20th century with the invention of the car or, more specifically, the special paint used on the cars which inspired make-up artist Michelle Menard to create the very first nail lacquer.
A basic manicure should include cleaning and soaking the hands in lotion-infused water to soften the skin and nails. Technicians then cut and shape the nail, push back the cuticles and buff the nail to even out its surface.
What is a pedicure?
The word pedicure comes from the Latin word pes, meaning “foot”, and cura meaning “care”. It is a cosmetic beauty treatment for the feet and toenails. It can also help to prevent nail diseases such as Athlete’s Foot, fungus and ingrown toenails.
A standard pedicure includes cleaning and soaking the feet in warm water to soften the skin and nail beds. Technicians then clip and shape the nail and typically use a pumice stone to remove dry skin or calluses. They buff the nail to even out the surface before adding polish.
How long does a manicure and pedicure take?
Standard manicures typically take between 15 and 30 minutes and standard pedicures, 30 to 45 minutes. Some salons and spas offer deluxe pampering that lasts 45 minutes for manicures and 60 minutes for pedicures
How much do you pay for a manicure and pedicure in London?
The cost of a manicure and pedicure in London can vary greatly in price depending on where you get them done, how long they last and even the nail technician that is giving you the manicure and pedicure.
However, the good news is that you can get a basic manicure and pedicure without forking out too much of your hard-earned cash! There is a wide choice of beauty salons and nail bars to go to in London. You can also get a mobile nail technician to do a manicure and pedicure for you in the comfort of your own home.
In the UK, the average cost of a basic manicure is around £5-£10. In London, the prices are higher so you should expect to pay anything from £15 for a basic manicure.
The average cost of a pedicure in the UK is around £15 – £35 and in London prices start around £20 for a basic pedicure.
Health benefits of a manicure and pedicure
As well as making your fingernails and toenails look more attractive, having a manicure and pedicure has health benefits.
Having a manicure has the following health benefits:
- Helps you relax and unwind: getting away from everyday life for a bit can help you destress.
Prevents hangnails from popping up: this is that annoying bit of skin that sticks out on the sides of your nails caused by dryness, nail-biting, injury to the nail and overcutting your cuticles. If you have regular manicures it will prevent you from getting hangnails by putting moisture back into your skin.
- Improves blood circulation: hand massages and exfoliation will improve the blood and lymph circulation of your hands and arms, releasing tension, and pain. This is perfect if you suffer from arthritis and diabetes.
- Improves skin texture & softens your skin tissues: exfoliating your nails will improve skin texture and soften your skin tissues. It also reduces the amount of dry skin build-up.
Having a pedicure also has potential health benefits including:
- Detecting infection: the nail technician might be able to detect fungal infections or bunions early so you can deal with them before they become an issue.
- Softer skin: Many pedicures will use creams, lotions, and other add-ons that work to cure dry skin. And nearly all of them include exfoliation to remove any dead, unnecessary skin.
- Stress relief: If you can relax during a pedicure, it might help you destress!