How Often Should You Get a Manicure and Pedicure?

Giving yourself a timeout and investing in self-care is a very soothing feeling. The massage helps to relax our mind and body, which makes us feel good about ourselves. Seeing our hands and feet clean and properly trimmed with a nice nail shade makes us love our bodies. Taking care of your hands and feet should be mandatory because they work a lot for us, and we need to return the favor. Walking, standing, or even sitting, they are in work mode 24/7. Manicure and pedicure shouldn’t be considered a luxury but rather a necessity for our overly working extremities.

Why should you get a manicure and pedicure? 

Before getting to discuss the time interval between your manicure and pedicure sessions it is important to address why you should get one if you haven’t availed yourself one. It is offered in almost every salon, utilized by many customers, and is recommended greatly for a reason. In this article, we will be sharing those with you; 

  1. It keeps your hands and feet healthy, tidy, and loveable. 
  2. It protects your feet from infections and skin diseases. 
  3. The massage softens the muscles and hits the pressure points of the body.
  4. It makes you feel good. 

How often should you get a manicure and pedicure?

Don’t we all love nice clean feet and properly trimmed nails but we all somehow fail to understand when should be our next appointment. Is a week too early for the maintenance? Or is a gap of 1 month too late for the next session? 

What actually matters?

Frankly speaking, the interval between your next session depends on various factors. We will be discussing each to give you a general guide about the time interval between two manicure and pedicure sessions. 

1. Nail growth and shape 

As nails are shaped and trimmed during manicure and pedicure. It is best to notice the speed of your nail growth and schedule your appointment accordingly. As the nail grows, the new nail that appears is without the nail paint which obviously gives an odd look. Plus, everyday work might ruin the shape which needs to be corrected through the service. 

Everyone has their own rate of nail growth there couldn’t be a specific time duration to it and the nails of hands tend to grow faster than that of feet. So you might want to have a manicure service more frequently than a pedicure. 

2. Type of skin 

Another very important step in deciding the time interval between sessions is your skin type. If your skin is dry and infection-prone you would need to have more visits than others to keep your skin healthy. For this kind of skin between session care at home is really important that we will be discussing at the end. 

Dry skin may cause cracked feet and callousness that nobody wants to have. Plus, fungal infections are very common nail diseases if the care isn’t appropriate. 

3. Type of work 

People indulged in physical work like cooking, playing with kids, and working at sight exposing their hands and feet to food, clay, and other mess have more chance of nail damage and skin dryness as compared to people having an office job. They may require more persistent services like once in 10 days. 

For retouching the nail paint it is good to have one at home or you can also buy the same color nail pen for ease because it tends to come off within a week. A quick tip would be to avoid dark shades as they chip off easily. 

4. Kind of service

The time limit also depends upon the kind of service you are interested in. Yes, manicures and pedicures can be of different types. For each kind, we will be discussing the details and time duration between sessions.

1. Simple manicure and pedicure

The more you are natural the less effort it takes for maintenance. Natural nails require less nurturing than artificial nails. They are hydrated and taken care of naturally by our bodies. However, experts suggest a 2 to 3 weeks gap between the next session depending upon your nail growth and health. 

In a simple manicure and pedicure, they clean the faded nail paint, shape and trim the nails, massage the hands and feet, remove the callus or dead skin, and lastly apply the nail color of your choice. 

2. Acrylic nails

Acrylic nails are commonly known as false or fashion nails. They are ideal for people who wish to have long nails but their nails do not grow much. Firstly, it satisfies their craving for long and beautiful nails. Secondly, the slow nail growth can make the acrylic nails last longer (a week or two) if taken care of properly.

3. French manicure

Different types of manicures exist because everyone has their own preference. People who do not want acrylic nails nor do they want a one-color nails may prefer French manicures. In French manicures, all the other steps are the same except for the nail paint application. A light pink, pale, or nail bed color base is applied and the ends of the nail are colored white. It may last a week or two. 

Between session care:

Just like our face our hands and feet also need regular care. They are exposed to harsh weather and tough work which takes away their softness and constant contact with the surface may lead to infections. To avoid this hassle, it is best to take care of your hands and feet in between your next manicure and pedicure appointment. 

  1. Clean your hands and feet with a gentle cleanser before getting into the bed.
  2. Apply a few drops of fatty oil preferably argon oil or jojoba oil to the cuticles and nails. It will help with nail and cuticle health.
  3. Lastly massage with a thick moisturizer and wear socks on your feet for maximum benefits (wearing socks overnight is actually beneficial for your overall health). 


Everyone has their own rate of nail growth, skin health of nails and feet. Hence there can’t be a strict principle regarding manicures and pedicures. This guide has covered all that is necessary to decide about your next manicure and pedicure session and will help you in getting the beautiful hands and feet that you desire. 

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