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How Often Should I Get a Manicure and Pedicure?

By Bethany Keene
Updated May 22, 2024
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A manicure and pedicure can be a rare treat a few times a year, or it can be part of a regular beauty routine. If you do get professional nail care, you will need to schedule regular salon visits for upkeep. Depending on the type of manicure pedicure you choose, you can expect to make these appointments one to four times per month on average. Natural nails generally require less maintenance than artificial ones. Other determining factors include your nail growth rate and whether you have any special hand or foot care needs that a regular manicure and pedicure will help.

Pedicures

A pedicure generally lasts longer than a manicure, and you can usually get a basic one about once or twice per month. Pedicures normally require less maintenance if your feet are not regularly exposed to the elements or to rough treatment. If you are prone to calluses or dry skin, more frequent pedicures about three times a month can help with these common problems.

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Manicures

The amount of time between manicures depends on how quickly your nails grow and your daily activities. If your nails grow slowly, you can generally get a manicure every two to three weeks. More frequent manicures can maintain your nails' appearance if your job or hobbies expose your hands to water, clay, or other substances that dry out your hands and nails.

If your nails grow quickly and you work with your hands frequently, a manicure every seven to ten days can keep them healthy and attractive. A basic coat of nail polish needs to be touched up about once per week on average. Darker polish colors are sometimes more prone to chipping or fading, so you may need to have a touch-up twice per week in this case. Light colors allow you to go longer between manicures, and you can often apply a clear protective topcoat every few days to maintain this basic manicure. A nail polish pen or a bottle of the same color are also convenient tools for touching up a manicure in between salon visits. 

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Nail Length and Shapes

The length and shape of your nails will also impact how often you should get a manicure and pedicure. Keeping your nails longer requires regular manicures to keep them filed and shaped nicely. Those who work in professional settings may also need to get their nails done more often than others, to look polished and put together. If you file your own nails down at home and just need the manicure or pedicure for color, then you can often extend your time between treatments.

Your manicurist will also ask you which specific shape you like for your nails, such as rounded, square, or oval. Some shapes can weaken the nails slightly and make them more vulnerable to breakage. Oval shaped nails are particularly prone to this, while squoval, or square with oval edges, is one of the strongest. If you wear your nails in a style that is prone to damage, then you may need to have them reshaped about once every two weeks.

Nail Designs and Artificial Nails

You normally have a range of manicure and pedicure options to request at most salons. These include painted nail designs, acrylic nail tips, or sculpted artificial gel nails. Each of these manicures requires more frequent maintenance than natural nails. Nails painted with intricate designs can chip more easily, tips can loosen, and gel nails need to be touched up as your nails grow out. One popular example is the French manicure, which needs to be touched up about once per week. A weekly touch-up is often needed for manicures other than the most basic type, provided they do not crack or experience any other damage beyond normal wear and tear.

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Discussion Comments
By anon316489 — On Jan 29, 2013

It is best (if on a tight budget) to go to a beauty school for manicures and pedicures. This is a great way to save money and treat yourself at the same time. Plus, you get the freshly schooled people so they are going to try to make sure everything is done right. There are also so many items available for DIY that save money in between salon visits.

By DylanB — On Oct 28, 2012

My best friend works at a beauty salon, and she does a lot of manicures and pedicures. She always recommends that people have their nails redone every two weeks.

Even people who don't wash a lot of dishes need touch-ups by that time. If nothing else, their nails will have begun to grow out, and they will need a trim and reshaping.

By seag47 — On Oct 28, 2012

@cmsmith10 – If a man is like my husband and is ashamed to go to a salon for a pedicure, he can do his own at home. My husband recently bought a device to shave calluses off his feet, as well as a buffer covered in what looks like fine sandpaper to smooth them down.

He also soaks his feet in the bathtub and rubs them down with oil every few weeks. He has to be on his feet a lot for work, so he needs a pedicure about every three weeks.

He would never walk into a salon full of women and ask for a pedicure. It's just a masculinity issue with him.

By giddion — On Oct 27, 2012

@Perdido – I agree with you. I have wanted to try a spa manicure and pedicure for a long time, but I just can't afford to get addicted to them.

So, I file, buff, and paint my own nails at home. I only buff them once a month, but I trim, file, and paint them once a week. My nails grow quickly, so the polish grows out and starts to flake off at the base.

Also, once a month, I add cuticle oil to my nails. This helps prevent tearing and hangnails.

When I paint my nails, I start with one swipe across the very tip of my nails. This cuts down on chipping. I paint the rest of them and then add a topcoat for extra protection.

By Perdido — On Oct 26, 2012

If you get a manicure and pedicure at a salon very often, you will need a big budget for nail care! I was surprised at how high prices for both are. I think it's better just to take care of my own nails at home.

By dega2010 — On Jul 11, 2010

@cmsmith10: It is definitely acceptable for a man to get a pedicure. These days, men wear sandals and flip flops as much as women do. It looks very nice for a man to have clean, nice toenails.

By cmsmith10 — On Jul 11, 2010

Is it acceptable for men to get pedicures?

By googie98 — On Jul 11, 2010

@leilani: I agree with you. I sometimes get my manicure every two weeks but I try to stick with the monthly pedicure. Once you've had a pedicure, you will want them forever!

By leilani — On May 23, 2010

Ideally, I like to get a manicure every week and pedicure every month. Although the pedicure I get less often in winter.

It seems that my nails do much better if I get a manicure on a regular basis.

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