More than likely you will LOVE this pampering, and be back again in the future.
Shaving your legs, and wearing shorts, capris or pants that roll up easily are good tips. As is wearing a pair of flip flops to the appointment.
Arrive earlier than your appointment… by at least 10 or 15 minutes. Being late is very rude to other Guests. Coming early and you are being respectful to the Salon / Spa and the Esthetician & Staff.
If it is a Spa, they’ll usually take the time before your appointment to make you comfy. Take your coat, offer you Tea, Coffee, Bottled Water (sometimes even a glass of wine).
Once you are in the Pedicure chair (some of which are amazing and give a massage) you’ll be quite relaxed. The Estheticians I’ve dealt with in the past have always been people persons… so they don’t mind chatting if that is what makes you comfortable.
If you are doing a Pedicure Party… with your GFs and several chairs & Estheticians present at the same time, it can be a real party atmosphere.
BUT it is also ok to not chat at all… high end Spas where the lighting is dimmed, and decor subtle, many times clients just tend to “zone out”… and relax. As I said, you might encounter a Massage Chair, or be given Magazines, Beverages etc (Wine & Cheese?) The ONLY big decisions you’ll have to make is the colour of the polish you want… lol, not usually an easy task, as they’ll typically give you polish sample cards with TONS of choices.
I don’t find a pedicure very uncomfortable… but my feet do tend to ticklish… especially so when they are working off the calluses with either a pumice stone or a foot file. Estheticians are used to some customers having this quirk tho.
As to the state of your feet, I wouldn’t worry too much. A lot of times when in training these folks had to do hours or volunteer at Senior’s Residences… where footcare is very common (a health need as we age)… and trust me many seniors have some pretty gnarly feet !!
Pedicures typically include soaking your feet, removing polish, soaking some more, a foot scrub, calluse removal, a foot & leg massage, and then the tub is drained / cleaned… and new polish is applied to your toe nails. (In between there you can get a paraffin wax treatment if you like… an extra cost, but makes for amazingly soft feet if you are someone who suffers from rough spots… such as myself who is over 50… as I said before, our feet get worse as we age)
After the polish goes on (undercoat – colour – top coat)… you’ll more than likely have some complimentary THIN flip flops placed on your feet, and you’ll be off to a lounge to wait for your toes to dry. Most often, there will be more offers of beverages and magazines. Your feet may have to sit under a machine that speeds up the process. Someone will tell you how long you’ll need to enjoy the lounge before leaving for the best results.
After that, you are free to go and pay your bill. As others have said you’ll want to tip the Esthetician who provided the service. The norm is 15 to 20% on the PRETAX cost. You can ask the Desk Staff / Cashier for a Tip Envelope for the Esthetician (write her name and yours on the front), as she may have moved onto another appointment while you were sitting in the lounge.
Your thin spa flip flops can be turned back in at the Desk (they throw them out) or worn home. The choice is yours (I usually slip on my own that I brought… because the spa ones are pretty flimsy)
Hope this helps… like I said, chances are you’ll LOVE it and be making another appointment soon.
PS… The advantage to getting an Esthetician to cut your toenails is they are professionals and TRAINED to correct any potential problems that might be ongoing or starting to be an issue.
EDIT TO ADD – A good Salon / Spa will also take additional steps. The Esthetician will ask you health Questions (such as the very important one, “Are you a Diabetic”). The non-disposable tools will be sanitized well… (such as in an Autoclave). And for other items they’ll use disposable items. The footsinks will also be spotless !