Note; this is not the article I was talking about; I also did an article on nail art (highly defined techniques and much more) so you can check that out too if V SHINE has posted it yet :)
A manicure is a cosmetic beauty treatment for the fingernails and hands performed at home or in a nail salon. It is quite common nowadays. A manicure treatment is not only a treatment for the natural nails, but also for the hands. A manicure consists of filing, shaping of the free edge, treatments, massage of the hand and the application of polish/nail colour/nail paints. There are also manicure services that are specialties for the hands and feet. For the hands, the soaking of a softening substance and the application of a lotion is a common specialty. When applied to the toenails and feet, this treatment is referred to as a pedicure. The word "manicure" derives from Latin: manus for "hands," cura for "care."
Other nail treatments may include the application of artificial nail tips, acrylics, or artificial nail gels. Some manicures can include the painting of pictures or designs on the nails or applying small decals or imitation jewels.
In many areas, manicurists are licensed and follow regulation. Since skin is manipulated and is sometimes trimmed, there is a certain risk of spreading infection when tools are used across many people and therefore, sanitation is a serious issue. So be careful to check WHICH kind of parlor you're going to.
Manicures began 5,000 years ago. French manicures are manicures designed to resemble natural nails, and are characterized by lack of base color, or natural pink base nails with white tips. The tips of the nails are painted white while the rest of the nails are polished in a pink or a suitable nude shade. French manicures may have originated in 18th-century Paris and were popular in the 1920s and 1930s.
MODERN MANICURE TREATMENTS:
Nowadays the manicure is not just for an aesthetic benefit. More emphasis is now given to correct preparation of the nail such as removing the cuticle (eponychium) and applying a variety of creams and oils in order to maintain a healthy balance of oils on and around the nail bed. Nail salons now apply a hard gel, which is an advanced form of artificial nail. The artificial nail can then be pained with different techniques. To check these techniques and learning more tricks and tips of nail art be sure to check my other article.