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You take anywhere between 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day on average and let’s face it, that is a lot of mileage on your feet! Your feet become tired, sore and callused, which means your feet need a reboot in the form of a pedicure.
A pedicure is a great way to provide the basic care that your feet need to improve circulation; detect fungal infections, bunions, and corns; decrease the chances for infection; preserve the moisture in the skin. Plus, pedicures are great for exfoliating and providing you with full body relaxation.
I got the opportunity to sit down and talk to Marilyn Wicks, Director of Cosmetology at Virginia College about what’s trending, the essential tools everyone should have in their stash for a pedicure, and much more.
When asked about trendy summer shades in Mississippi, she suggested various shades of blues and purples. Think, Jin Soon Cool Blue, or Morgan Taylor Tokyo Á Go Go.
As far as essential tools go, if you want to do a pedicure at home, Wicks suggests having nail files, cuticle pushers, nippers and a foot scrub handy. The foot scrub does not have to be elaborate, just combine some sugar, olive oil and a foot friendly essential oil, like peppermint, lavender or tea tree oil.
Don’t have time to DIY? No problem! Wicks suggests finding an esthetician that has a nice personality, has hygienic practices, and most importantly, has a genuine interest in doing pedicures.
I also gave my readers the opportunity to ask questions:
Q: To cut or not to cut cuticles?
A: Never cut the cuticles
Q: Are there any health benefits to a pedicure?
A: Pedicures are great for people with stressed and tired feet
Q: What’s the best shape to file nails to avoid ingrown toenails?
A: Square is best
Q: Is it ok for clients to bring their own tools?
A: Bring polish, nothing else. It’s not hygienic.
All manicure and pedicure procedures at Virginia College in Jackson (5841 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211) are performed by Junior and Senior students under the direct supervision of licensed cosmetology instructors. You can stop by, Tuesday through Saturday, from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Pedicures are $15, manicures are $9, or you can get both for $20.