When it comes to making a major style statement, there are just no limitations to adhere by anymore! In fact when it comes to looking your absolute vibrant self, there is so much you can do. You know as they say, sky’s the limit- well that is precisely how you should be going about it anyway. But when it comes to specific genders- does the discrimination exist within the two? Are women entitled to looking their absolute and experimenting with looks which for men still pose certain limitations?
Let’s look at one of the hottest topics going around these days. Men’s manicures have been trending for awhile now (Harry Styles notably sported black and turquoise polish at 2019’s “Notes on Camp” gala), though the 2022 Met Gala just cemented nail art as a source of spirited self-expression not bound by gender. In a beauty era that encourages experimentation and fun, men’s manicures were right at home amid the evening’s colorful makeup looks, sparkling accessories, and mesmerizing fashion. Guys tend to do dirtier things and get stuff stuck under their nails, so if you get them done, you don’t look like a slob. And don’t think people in business meetings aren’t looking at your hands. They judge you by how you present yourself—including your nails.How to know if you need one? If your nails look like that of a zombie no less or are so damn long you leave claw marks in your jacket when you put it on, it’s time for a manicure. And if your feet are so disgusting you don’t want to be seen in flip-flops, or your toenails are so long and thick they’re poking through your socks, it’s time for a pedicure. So ask a female friend to recommend a good place. If they cut you, that’s bad. And make sure they’re clean, that they have equipment sanitizers and disinfectants to kill bacteria. Once you’re there, they’ll know what to do. They’ll push back/cut down the cuticle (the skin around the white half-moon). You want that exposed. They’ll cut your nails down, too. If you want a coat of glossy polish on your nails, I guess that’s cool, but I think it’s a little ridiculous. I have mine buffed a bit—it helps keep them from getting stained. Feet are a little weird. The massage you receive as part of your manicure can also help stimulate blood flow. This can have a wide range of benefits, especially if you frequently work with your hands or suffer from cold hands. If you’re trying to slow down signs of aging, you probably have a facial firming serum for men and a powerful eye cream in your skin care arsenal. While these products can help turn back time on your face, your hands are a different story.Everybody has different foot problems. Mostly they’ll clean the nails, do the cuticles, then rub off dead skin with a pumice stone. If it’s a reputable shop, they’ll know what other corns or calluses to shave off, too. Then they’ll rub lotion on any dry patches. After the nails, all the other stuff is a luxury—enjoy it. Trust me, it’s going to feel really nice when you put your socks back on and walk out of that place.When getting a manicure for the first time, you might feel a little awkward in the beginning. Rest assured that you aren’t the only guy to walk into their nail salon and you certainly won’t be the last. Once you see the difference a little pampering can make, you’ll be sold on the idea of regular manicures for men. Your hands and nails will thank you for it.