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Men and Manicures - Not Just for Women Anymore!

When passing by a nail salon, typically all you see are women at first glance. You'll see them having their nails painted or soaking their feet in the amazing relaxation of a footbath. But sometimes if you take a second look, you'll see a man in the middle of all the estrogen. And no, he isn't there waiting on his wife to get her manicure. He's getting a manicure himself!

It's not totally uncommon anymore to see this type of thing at nail salons and spas. And contrary to popular belief, it usually has nothing to do with the man's sexual preference. Although it's not yet something every woman is accustomed to seeing, it certainly doesn't make the man any "less of a man". If women have the privilege of getting pampered through a manicure, why can't a man have the same right of passage without being labeled or laughed at? Granted, a man having his nails painted pink might just send out a snicker or two, but this usually isn't the case when men get professional manicures. In fact, it isn't uncommon for men not to have the actual manicure as a top priority when visiting a nail salon.

If you were to ask any random guy if he would ever get a manicure, a good majority of them would probably say no. Why would they risk that type of judgement? But in the back of their mind, they're thinking, "sure, why not?" Some men will even admit to having a manicure with no shame. Unlike women, they don't visit their nail salon to have a French manicure or leave sporting the latest shade of ruby red. They are there to relax, unwind, and perhaps even to impress a lady for occasions like date nights or weddings. Everyone knows that getting a professional manicure is fun and enjoyable. You get to sit in a big chair that massages your back, sip on bottled water or tea, and enjoy the temporary escape from the world by having your hands and arms massaged with aromatherapy oil. Some nail salons even let you watch TV as you get pampered. And although the home should be a haven, you can't get this kid of star treatment when you've got kids and laundry piled up on the floor. It's the perfect mini-getaway for males and females alike!

A typical manicure for a man includes all the pampering the ladies receive, minus the nail painting and acrylic tips. Men are usually given a thorough inspection to remove any hangnails and calluses, followed by their nails being filed down and buffed to add a natural shine. Pedicures are usually performed in the same manner, as men enjoy the deep relaxation a foot massage provides. This is the real treat behind their visit to a once all-women escape place. There's nothing wrong with this type of pampering, regardless if you're male or female! Men experience stress just the same as women, and everyone has a desire to look and feel their best. What better way to fulfill these needs?

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