My First Manicure
Confession: up until yesterday I was a manicure virgin. Terrible isn’t it. I just never placed that much importance on my nails. When they got too long I trimmed them with a pair of clippers to keep them neat and tidy, but that was it. I even paint my toenails regularly but never my fingernails. I saw them as functional, to use for scratching and opening things. So for 5pm Health & Beauty manis and pedis week, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to treat my poor neglected nails to some long overdue attention.
Aveda @ James Dun’s House
The location of my first ever manicure was James Dun’s House, a stylish salon in Glasgow’s Merchant City. My manicurist Ashleigh led me to their treatment room downstairs and started by working on my hands with an Aveda salt scrub – James Dun’s House only uses Aveda products – before rubbing them with oil. I was then treated to a hand and scalp massage – so relaxing – before my hands were wrapped in hot towels and placed in heated packages, kind of like hot water bottles. You could really see the difference afterwards – my hands were noticeably softer than before.
Then came the nails. I left the colour up to Ashleigh, I am the manicure novice after all, and she picked the OPI colour Barefoot In Barcelona, a classic taupe shade. Before applying the colour she filed the ends, tidied up the cuticles and applied a base coat (there was a lot of work to be done to these ragged nails).
I completely understand why so many women make time for a manicure. My new shiny coloured nails made me feel that little bit extra special and gave me a boost for the rest of the day. Not mention how relaxing the massage was. Now I can’t stop looking at my hands. It was my first ever manicure but I’m certain it won’t be my last.