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Should Men Get Manicures and Pedicures?

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Never will I forget the day when I was getting my weekly ‘mani and pedi’ in a Manhattan nail salon, when two big, burly, tough-looking construction workers entered the salon to do the very same thing.  Without a thought, they headed straight for the two open pedicure stations next to me, ripped off their stinky construction boots, sat down in the chairs and plopped their feet into the bubbling hot water.  These two men were obviously regulars, as they addressed the nail technicians by first name and ‘knew the drill’ so to speak.  Over the next hour or so, they looked completely at ease, enjoying the treatments…they were naturals.

Just this past week, history repeated itself.  I was in the nail salon getting a manicure and I witnessed two policemen getting manicures.  Apparently, they too were regulars, as the nail technicians who were working on their nails knew them by name and were chatting with them as if they were the best of friends.

I’m not saying that I never thought men should get manicures or pedicures, but it was the fact that THESE men were getting them; AND were comfortable enough to do so together.  With one fell swoop, they debunked the stereotype that only gay or metro-sexual men indulge in this luxurious experience.  Now don’t get me wrong, these aren’t my stereotypes.  These are stereotypes that a lot of men have (including my husband…whom I love dearly).  This prompted me to give men (and the women who love them) a good list of reasons to get manicures and pedicures:

  1. Sexy Factor: Let’s face it, when a man takes pride in the way they look, it is sexy.  Granted, being obsessed about one’s looks is NOT attractive, but taking pride in one’s appearance says he cares just enough.
  2. It Feels Good: Although the actual manicures and pedicures feel good on their own, most come with a mini-massage component which makes them feel that much more wonderful.
  3. Stress Release: Taking an hour or so to get a manicure and pedicure can give a man some down time to relax and take his mind off some of the pressing issues he has to deal with.  This is good for a healthy heart!
  4. Healthy Feet and Hands: During pedicures, dead skin is exfoliated away, helping to diminish callusesand potential dead skin build-up that can lead to bigger problems down the line.  During both manicures and pedicures, the cuticles are cleaned up, which eliminates painful and unsightly hang nails.
  5. It Looks Good: If a man is tough on his hands and feet (construction workers are a great example of this), they can end up looking a bit worn and unattractive.  Getting regular manicures and pedicures will help keep hands and feet looking their best at all times.
  6. A Softer Touch: This one really benefits women.  Getting manicures and pedicures promotes softer skin on the hands and feet, which makes his touch that much sweeter.

So, if you are a woman who is dieing to get her man into the nail salon, tell the story of the construction workers and police officers.  If you are a man who has always turned your nose up at the idea, think again.  There are a lot of ‘manly men’ out there who seem to think it is manly enough.  Do you have any other reasons that you think men should indulge?

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  • MG

    After my honey has been on his feet all week, it’s nice to watch him melt during the foot soak. Afterwards, he has more energy, even his posture and stride improve! And he’ll readily admit to the other guys honey and sugar scrub rocks!

  • silenttears3333

    >_< ive only seen gay guys get spa treatments

    done 2 them. But then again, where i live isnt top on the list of spas to visit.
    Ive always wanted 2 go 2 New York or California (and i WILL! ) and see all the spas and stores………………….

  • Michelle

    My husband also enjoys a nice pedicure, but it was not always that way! I had to drag him in a few years back because his feet were just gross. He now can wear sandals and even other women notice how good his feet look, which is not what I intended, but nice nonetheless.

    Has anyone had any experience with men wearing polish on their toes? I read about it recently being the ‘new’trend for men and was considering convincing my husband to try it, but wondered if anyone else had seen it yet. I think it would look kind of hot on him!

  • Nicole

    I have always firmly believed that men deserve mani/pedis just as much as women do.

    Men are always terribly reluctant to try them, but once they do, they are hooked for life!

    I remember once I gave my (male) cousin a DIY pedicure, and he loved it. He said, “Man, girls get to do all the good stuff!”

    I don’t see it as a feminine thing to do, it’s just a relaxing thing to do, similar to getting a massage.

    I’m thinking of giving my boyfriend one. What do you think? Any tips/suggestions?

  • http://www.sheerbalance.com Brett

    If your boyfriend is open to the idea…you should definitely give him one! Try using products that are specific for feet…I believe that Origins has one…but I’m a big fan of all natural.

  • Danielle

    My partner and I operate a salon that caters to both men and women. We offer a nice range of services and have seen mroe men taking an interest in keeping themselves looking groomed and well cared-for.

    We have some male clients who get polish with their pedicures, enough so that we’ve even developed a colro swatch collection just for men that offers colors that have been more popular with our clients. We see it as the next ‘new’ thing for men, and base don our experience, it is gdefinitely gaining in popularity.

    We see no reason why men should not have great-looking feet, and so we offer colored polish to new clients when they get pedicures in case they want to try it. We have even had spouses/girlfriends bring in their guy to try it, based on word of mouth advertising from other clients.

    It is great for our business too!

  • Jake

    As the author mentioned, there are those darn stereotypes that some people really have a hard time with. I know I did, and thanks to my wife for the encouragement, I got past that and have enjoyed many pedicures (and even a manicure once) too!

    Michelle asked about anyone knowing of men trying polish on their toes. I have, and I guess I’ve come a long way from where I once was because I now see it as just another way to keep my feet looking better.

    Not sure if it’s a trend, but I tried it a while back and liked the way it looked. My wife also liked it, and so I have been wearing polish on and off for a few years now. Colors are mostly ‘masculine’ like black or dark grey, but I also like silver, green and even dark blue.

    In my opinion, man can certainly benefit from a pedicure now and then, maybe even more than women, considering the generally poor condition that our feet are in.

  • Sheri

    I think that if a man wants to have his feet cleaned up to look good in sandals, a pedicure is just the thing to do it. Men’s feet are typically very rough and not very attractive (some are simpy repulsive!). Anything they do to improve on this is going in the right direction in my opinion.

    I also feel that men can benefit from not only the relaxing experience of a soothing pedicure (as many women know the joy of quite well), but they should explore what other ways they can help make their feet look better too. I am talking about guys trying polish on their toes! Why not? I know of a guy who gets regular pedicures and regularly has them done in french (and no, he’s not gay – he is the husband of my very close friend). It looks awesome on him! Many of my friends are envious because they can’t get their husbands interested in trying it.

  • Darla

    I’m all for men getting pedicures! Most of them have really grungy feet, so it would be great if they would clean them up for us.

    Does polish work for men? I have seen a few guys who wore it well. They had on colors that looked masculine (black and deep gray) and I thought it made their feet look well groomed and actually rather hot.

    I think that if a guy is self-confident, he can pretty much get away with doing what he wants to. And with that kind of attitude, I would find him even more attractive than if he just did what he felt ‘safe’ doing.

  • jason

    In case anyone is interested, a company in LA called BB Couture has just released a collection of six nail colors designed exclusively for men. The shades are defintely masculine looking and I think they are openly endorsing men using nail polish.
    The collection be be purchased at http://www.overallbeauty.com

  • MichelleL

    My husband and I decided to take advantage of a 2 for 1 sale we discovered as we passed by a nail spa while traveling. Bot he and I thoroughly enjoyed the treatment. They soaked our feet and cleaned, trimmed and buffed our nails and skin so that our feet felt smoother and looked so much younger.
    The nail tech working on my feet asked what color polish I wanted for my nails. As I was looking through the colors of polish, she noticed that my husand was acting intrigued and she asked him if he would like to try polish as well. I didn’t know if she was serious or not, but he was apparently in a crazy mood and he said he did! He ended up choosing a silver colored polish, and so she proceeded to paint his toenails with it.

    I have got to say that it not only surprised me that he would be open to this, but even more, that it turned out looking quite good on his “renewed” feet. Even the nail tech told him that she thought his feet looked very nice. She then explained that she had several male clients who regularly get polish with their pedicures, and that she felt that it was growing in popularity for men. I found that I even liked it on him after getting over the initial shock of it, so maybe she is on to something there.

  • Dale

    Hey, I’m a guy and I get pedicures with polish too! My wife was even the one who encouraged me to try it because my feet really needed an overhaul. I gotta tell you, it’s really cool! They soak and rub your feet, and then smooth them with a callous file so that they are no longer dry, rough and ugly.
    When my wife was visiting a nail spa that had a collection of colors reserved ‘just for men’, she got the idea that I should try polish. It was news to me that men wore colored toe polish, but I learned that if done tastefully in masculine shades, a guys feet can actualy look pretty good with a little color on them!
    I’ve had numerous pedicure since that first one and now feel totally comfortable getting them. The spas where my wife and I go are very guy-friendly and it is quite the enjoyable experience.

    Even if you are the macho type who just wants to get an upgrade in the foot department so you don’t gross out people whenever you wear sandals, you should really try it!

  • Barry

    Once you get over the initial trepidation about this being only for women, manicures and pedicures can benefit guys too. Personally, I don’t get many maincures simply because my hands take such a beating that the benefits would be short-lived. But I do get pedicures on a regualr basis because they have helped keep my feet healthy and looking great. Before I had my first pedicure I had some issues with ingrown nails and rough built-up callouses. Regular pedicures have helped a lot, and my feet just look and feel a lot better now.

    It has probably been two and a half years now since my wife introduced me to this. I even tried polish a few times, mostly clear, but I did try a silver/gray color once and actually liked it myself. My wife thought it looked great, so I will probably try it again!

  • Kira

    I have been trying to get my man to go get a pedicure for a LONG time now. & i think i may have Finally Convinced him into going today with me.
    First- i was wondering if anyone had any tips on helping him to relax and feel comfortable with the whole experience.

    Second- Not to Knock any other Man out there but for me and my man the polish thing is going too far. Its awesome when a guy takes care of his feet, but i like to think there are somethings that only Girls do, and one of those things is Painted Nails. But again To Each Their Own, i just wanted to voice my opinion and not offend anyone.

  • Dave

    I have enjoyed pedicures for a few years, and it is something that my wife and I like do together as a part of a date (followed up with a nice dinner or show).

    The way she finally got me past my inhibitions about this (I thought pedicures were only for women), was to do a little research and find a nail salon that was set up to more comfortably accomodate men. They had a pedicure area that was separate from the main area where they would do the manicures, and the lighting was lower and it was very relaxing – almost like sitting in someone’s living room.

    After the first experience, she did not have to do any more ‘selling’ to get me back – it really felt good to be rid of my hard callouses and to not have my toenails hurting anymore (due to a couple of ingrown nails and dry skin). And I do have the hair removed (waxing) in the summer when my feet begin to get furry looking.

    I have not tried polish (although it has been offered and my wife likes it), but I just like my toenails with a simple buffing so they look clean and smooth.

    Now I wear sandals a lot more than used to as well because my feet don’t look like they belong to a hobbit. If you have any hesistation about this, I suggest going with your wife or SO because the nail techs really like couples. The benefits are well worth it too!

  • Robert

    Hey Kira, I can totally understand your feelings about men not getting polish. It’s not what men have done, while women have enjoyed this for years, and so, it is ‘different’.

    I consider myself a pretty open-minded guy, so when I was first invited by my GF to go with her to have a pedicure, I was actually looking forward to the experience, wondering what it would feel like. Maybe my positive attitude about it helped me relax and enjoy it because I truly enjoyed the entire experience (and it felt really pretty good).

    I have since accompanied her on several occasions for pedicures and two visits ago, I was encouraged by the gal doing my nails to try some color. They had a selection of more masculine or ‘earthy’ colors for guys, and with some encouragement from my GF, I tried it with black. The tech did a really nice job and my GF even thought my feet looked “very cool” (her words).

    Okay, maybe it’s not for everyone, but in my case, I think it works. And I like the way it looks too. So, you are not offending anyone when you express your opinion about this and I am glad that we all have different perspectives and can feel free to express them. That’s what makes the world an interesting place to live!

    Thanks for expressing your views on this! :)

  • Bev

    I’ve been having my husband going to pro nails for a pedi for about 2 years now. We quite often have him get color especially reds,pink, maroon,and with design.
    they look HOT to be honest and at first he was nervous,but soon had such positive remarks, that he loves them now.

    And why shouldn’t he, it’s “only” color.

  • jamie

    I am a guy that has been getting pedicures for many years. I am married and always get a professional pedicure every two weeks. I have tried many colors of nail polish on my toes including blue, gray, and silver, but I really prefer bright red. My favorite colors are OPI Dutch Tulips and OPI Big Apple Red. I usually wear women’s open toe sandals and my toes are on display 24/7/365 whenever I am not at work. I wear women’s sandals because men’s sandals are very heavy and large and they make my feet look even larger. Women’s sandals make the foot look smaller and they have a lot of adornments and are prettier. I get a lot of compliments from women on my pedicures and choice of color. Many famous athletes and TV personalities are wearing nail polish on their toes. Just google for men wearing nail polish and you will see. It is fun to wear polish on your toes like girls have been doing for many years. Try a professional pedicure with colored nail polish and I’m sure that you will love it!!

    Jamie

  • Pretty Toez Dude

    I wish it would become more fashionable or normal for guys to rock out with femme stuff in general. Just a handful of things I’d like to do.. wear mule/wedge sandals with pedicure/paint. First with pants. Then, maybe a kilt type thing or some kind of tunic with pretty sandals. I wouldn’t try and get my large body into a ladies sundress, but something to rock my legs besides doofus shorts. I have to say I love man-capris but not “mandals,” as women’s shoes are far superior. I started getting into this by being sick of guy flip-flops, and went to wearing exclusively women’s variety, the thick platforms on some of the styles are so comfortable.

  • king

    im a guy, 18 years old. i like to have a pedicure on my feet 4 me its for proper hygine.. im straight guy. i also wear black polish, im wearing it now its cool, but i never tried silver, the next time i will try it :)

  • Cameran

    Im a guy, 16 and NOT GAY! I love to wear nail polish on my toes! I wear any color you can think of. Black is my top favorite though. I wish it was more accepted in public!

    • Ricky

      it is accepted in public, I’m a 33 year old male me and my wife go all the time, I get mine done french pedicured and I wear addidas memory foam cushion flipflops and show them off every chance I get, nobody ever looks at you weird, the way I look at it if a guy looked at my feet and was like “WTF you get your nails painted? I could reply “wtf are you some kinda sicko starting at my feet? they cant win if they say anything negative. Oh and my feet are better looking than most womans I wear a size 7 shoe, have high beautiful arches and nice toes get hit on all the time by chicks my wife thinks its funny.

  • Sean

    I got my first pedicure on a dare of a friend who “painted” my toes hot pink at the poker table on Facebook. I absolutely fell in love with the hot stone “spa” pedicure. It was luxurious. I am hooked on pedicures and have no challenge at all with getting polish on my toes. The polish helps accent my toes/feet and it looks FABULOUS. If you’re a guy and are questioning the possibility that polish would look good on your toes and/or whether a pedicure is worth it…. give it a try before you knock it.

  • http://www.beginnersnailart Karen

    I used to see quite a few men coming in for manicures when I was going to the salon. A couple of them were coming in with their wives. It was neat watching them sit in the pedicure chairs relaxing together and just enjoying an afternoon out getting pampered. Kind of made me wish I could get my husband to go with me – like that’ll ever happen! ROFL

  • http://none Robert

    It is funny to see comments that guys have nail colored. Of-course it is up to them and their own way I cannot comment and should not. But what I think is a guy should be a guy and a girl should be a girl. Not that they put polish these put some thing else. If this goes on like trying nail color then some day the girls force their guys to have facials and face colors. If you need relaxation you just sit in a hot tub in your home that will give 100 times more relaxation than the girly things that you are doing. Not to offend any one, Imagine if a guy with nail colors go into public. So funny to see in fact your own girl might laugh at you. Men are built to take responsibility not that they look girly.

    Sorry if I offended any one. But to some extent I too agree that you need these things. A kind off massage. But, what with nail color and all ? and how the frequency that you go might not be the same like a girl. Guys skin will be tougher so may be once in a couple of months not sure but is what I think. Any how a hot bath tub is your best option on a sunday or weekend to get relaxed and get a fresh week ahead.

    Enjoy !!!

    • Ricky

      Actually I get french pedicures with my wife every few weeks, I have perfect size 7 feet, and I get hit on all the time by woman, I was even paid by a woman once with my wifes permission to take pictures of my feet made 100 dollars for 12 photos, if your embarrased dont be, there is nothing embarrassing about being well groomed, you can always tell people “oh my girlfriend did it while I was sleeping” if you feel like an ass but its the only legit way I get hit on by woman where I dont get in trouble by my wife, she likes the attention in that manner because she takes it as a complement that her man is considered hot and sexy, only homophobes would trash talk this stuff, and you know what they say about most homophobes, they are really closet homos who love the cock.

  • Larry

    I got my 1st. pedicure when I had broken my hip & couldn’t reach, let alone, cut my toenails. I didn’t go so far as to have them painted but I still have pedicures done. The tec’s really take care of my feet much better than I can. I am now 79 years old & just can’t reach my feet too do a good job on them myself & my wife can’t do any better. I don’t have any problems with my feet & lay it all to having pedicures done 3 or 4 times a year.

  • Sanders

    I remember my first pedicure well, it was in Pasadena at a mall on Colorado Boulevard. My wife and I were shopping and she decided to check out the nail salon that we were walking by. The gals were very friendly and encouraged her to have her nails done. They invited me to sit in the chair next to her, and before long, they had talked me into a pedicure too!
    It was a surprisingly relaxing experience, not at all what I expected (not frivolous or dainty) and I soon felt quite comfortable with it. The girl brought around a rolling rack of nail polishes for my wife to choose a color. The girl asked if I liked any of the colors. I thought she just meant whether I ‘liked’ any of the colors and I said I did like a deep green shimmery polish. She then took the bottle from the rack and before I fully realized what she was doing, she began applying it to my toenails! Both my wife and I were caught off-guard and I began to tell her that I didn’t really want the polish on ME, but my wife just told me to go with it since the girl had pretty much one foot finished by that time.
    So, I left my first pedicure experience with deep green toenails. Not what I had expected at all! I tried to hide my feet as my wife and I did some more shopping, but after a while, I found that no one even noticed. That is, until this one sales gal did a double-take and looked at me as if I was from Mars, then smiled and said, “cool nails, dude”. Wow, another thing I had not expected!!! I have to say that it was much easier walking around after that. I even got a second compliment when we were in a DSW shoe store from a gal who woke there. She said it “looked good on me”.
    Well, it’s now a bit over five years since that first pedicure, and you know what, there have been fewer days in the past five years where I have not worn my toenails polished than I have had polish on them. How about that for a turnaround?!

  • Farrell Francique

    My first pedicure was in Hallandale Beach, FL. That place was the bomb diga-ding.

  • Darwin

    Just got my first pedicure and I must tell all of my buddies to do the same. It was great. Wish I had started getting a peticures years ago, did not know what I was missing.

  • John

    I am a married straight man and I love getting pedis and chatting with the women. Its fun when I do it. I choose to make it a fun time while there and I many of the women love to chat with me while I am in there. I always hear from them “i wish more men were like you when it comes to getting pedis”. Most women tell me that there hubbys are scared to death of a salon. Not me, I enjoy my monthly Pedi.

  • Micheal

    I remember very good my first manicure. i was with my wife at our home. i was put manicure on her leg and after i finish the manicure was shining very well i like her manicure.i asked her to make manicure to my leg she took the bottle from me. she start to apply red manicure on my leg. i said no i am a man but she didn’t reply. after she finished i saw my nails it’s looks very well. i was very happy and every week i make full manicure to my leg and soon i will go to nails salon to getting relax with my manicure.

  • rick

    I’d rather get a pedi cuz I hate clipping my own toenails — they’ve gotten so bad to the point where I can easily peel my nails off, except for the big toes…