بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Beautiful and Beloved Black Sisters,
Summer is coming and I know you guys are going to be breaking out your sandals. So, since I decided to give myself a pedicure, today, I thought I would share with you how to give yourself one and save for yourself a little money, and from yourself the possibility of picking up Athlete’s Foot from one of those Korean shops.
You can use pretty much the same tools you would use for a manicure. The set in the picture is what you get in any manicure set (with the addition of a cuticle pusher see below). If you want to add a little extra, you can purchase some nippers which give you the feeling like you are really doing something. (I like that feeling 🙂 )
A manicure set is imperative for proper grooming, Sisters. If you don’t have one in your vanity, medicine cabinet, or somewhere in your house, go out in invest in one immediately.
(I’m not even going to tell you to remove your polish because you should know Black Queens don’t need any extra stuff like make-up or nail polish. We are Beautiful as is. All we do is keep groomed what Allah (God) gave us naturally.)
Cut nails straight across to just above the skin. Make sure your nail doesn’t extend over the tip of your toe. And, don’t clip the sides of nails, that can cause ingrowns. File them.
File nails in one direction until they are even. File the corners round or square, whichever you prefer.
3. SOAK & WASH
Fill a large bowl with warm soapy water. You can use dish detergent, bubble bath, shampoo, it really doesn’t matter. The more cracked and calloused your feet, the longer they need to stay in.
*Here’s a trick only the pros know: Add a quarter cup of milk to your bath. The lactic acid in the milk loosens dead skin.
4. TRIM CUTICLES
Use the tip of the cuticle pusher
to gently remove the loose skin at the base and sides of the nail. I like to use the square side. (It’s safer. 🙂 ) Use a circular motion.
Here is where you can use your cuticle nippers. I love this part because I feel like I’m really making a difference I can see. Be careful to only “nip” the dead skin, not interfering with the healthy part.
Apply an exfoliating scrub to your feet and then you can use a pumice stone or a foot file to slough away the dead skin on the balls and heels of your feet.
But I’m a use-whatever-I-have-in-the-house type of girl and my son’s old firm-bristled wave brush works fine. Knawmean?
Scrub the balls, bottoms and sides of your heels and around the toes. Sit on the side of your bathtub, facing inward. “Smooth, don’t remove.” Stop if your foot turns red (this means you’ve scrubbed too hard). Remember, that tough skin is there for a reason.
6. DRY & MOISTURIZE
Dry feet thoroughly including between the toes and rub in a thick moisturizer or foot cream. Massage your feet real good and relax. Enjoy the little pleasure. I mean, I’m sure you put on lotion or some type of moisturizer every day but why not take this opportunity to really pamper yourself???
*Trick I learned from my aunt: If you put on socks after rubbing in the moisturizer, it will penetrate the skin deeper and do a better job of retaining the softness in your skin. 😉
Okay Ladies, that’s it! Now, you are even “finer” than you were thirty minutes before you started. But be humble. Don’t hurt ’em! 😉