Stop right there. I know what you’re thinking. A mani-pedi? Really, girl?! Don’t judge me. NO, I’ve never set foot in a nail salon to get my fingernails or toenails “did”. Why, you might ask? First of all, I’ve never been a frou frou girly-girl. Sometimes I paint my fingernails and sometimes I don’t. Having painted nails has never been an end-all be-all for me. I generally paint my toenails during the spring and summer months due to sandal/flip-flop season, but other than that — not so much. Second of all, I’m
cheap frugal. I watch my dollars and cents like a hawk. Necessities usually trump luxuries. My philosophy has always been why pay for something you can do yourself?
However, since I’m throwing myself head-first (in this case, hands and feet first) into new experiences, I decided to step into the world of nail salons. As a birthday gift for my sister, I decided to treat us both to mani-pedis.
Walking into the salon, I’m immediately smacked in the face by the aroma of chemicals. Am I going to be able to stay in this non-ventilated room without becoming ill? Surprisingly, my body adjusts and after awhile I barely notice it anymore. I started with the pedicure. I cannot tell a lie. It was pretty amazing. I almost fell asleep in the remote-controlled massage chair twice. As the technician applied scrub, mask, and lotion to my legs and feet, I lapsed into a state of supreme relaxation. When she finished painting my toenails, I did not want to get up from that chair!
Then, I was off to the manicure station. The manicure wasn’t as relaxing, but it produced great results. My nails came out fantastically. Although I decided to forego the acrylic application, I did get the gel coating so that my polish would last longer.
Overall, I was beyond pleased with this new experience. Having endured a full and hectic work week, it was a welcomed treat. Like myself, many women work extremely hard, but don’t take the time to indulge in any form of self-care. We go, go, go without any reward for our efforts. This isn’t how I want to go about my life so I’ll most definitely indulge myself again for a few hours of pampering. As the L’Oreal tagline states, “Because I’m worth it.”
So, what’s my new experience gonna be this week? You’ll just have to stay tuned and see…Hint: Bang, Bang.
“It’s a sad day when you find out that it’s not accident or time or fortune but just yourself that kept things from you.” — Lillian Herman