Summer pedicures have always been a treat for me. I never bother with manicures because they don’t last, nor do I ever have the time to wait for them to dry. But I can whip on some flips and run out the door with a wet pedi, so those have always been my favorite pampering indulgence. Well with the state of the current economy, I have cut back in a lot of areas, including pedicures. So now, I only get one if I have a specific event coming up and then I do everything I can to make it last.
One trick I have learned is to apply oil on your cuticles everyday after you get out of the shower. The best nail oil is Solar Oil and it has almond oil in it so it smells extra yummy while keeping your skin hydrated. You can find Solar Oil at most beauty supply stores or nail salons. By keeping your toes well-hydrated (works just as well or better on your hands too!), your pedi will last twice as long. Plus, it just looks better.
Another Smarty saver is to alternate getting a pedicure and then just get a polish change next time. With a polish change, you usually get filing, oil and new polish all for only $10. You also save time by getting a polish change – 20 minutes and you’re done as opposed to at least 45 minutes for a full pedi. Yes, I can do this on my own, but I never do as good of a job, I certainly don’t have the entire color palette of OPI polish, and for some reason, mine never lasts as long.
I did a little Smarty research at my favorite nail spot, Exquisite Nails in Foxcroft Village. Pedicures cost $30 and a polish change costs $10. That’s pretty substantial for me – every penny saved is a penny earned!