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Some men definitely enjoy getting manicures, and many men who are new initiates to the process of manicures wonder why they waited so long to get one. Although manicures were once associated with “femininity,” masculine manicures keep the nails neat, trim and clean. Many men also appreciate pedicures, and enjoy both mani/pedi treatments at the same time.
There are few reasons why men should not get manicures. These mainly have to do with the types of jobs men work. It may be harder to maintain a clean, finished manicured look if one does heavy physical labor that involves the hands. Clear polish put on the nails may be prone to chipping under these circumstances. Women who labor in the same fashion often avoid manicures too, because they may be difficult to maintain. Although the manicure may not last long, it may be beneficial to smooth dry skin on frequently washed hands, and to get the nails clean.
In professions where the hands are more lightly used, manicures are great for men and women alike. Especially those people who must use their hands in sales professions, in performing arts, or in business jobs will benefit from have nicely manicured nails. Also, it’s a great way to simply have some pampering on the side, as well as for keeping a clean and trimmed appearance.
If one isn’t used to getting manicures, one might want to look for a “man-friendly” nail salon. Some day spas, which cater to both men and women, offer manicures and pedicures. This environment may feel a little more comfortable to initiates than would a beauty salon geared toward women. A great treat can be to take a wife, girlfriend, or a favorite sister along with you to both get manicures. It may make the process seem just a little more comfortable for first-timers.
However, in most professions, no one requires men to get manicures. As long as the nails are kept neat and trim, it’s a fashion trend no man is required to follow. It is increasingly more acceptable for men to take care of their nails by getting manicures. If, on the other hand, one doesn’t want to get one, this choice is perfectly viable.