1. I have a confession to make Laurie – I’ve never had a professional pedicure in my life. I’ve had my fingernails done over the years but never my toes. I think it’s because I do a reasonably good job of painting my toes and I’ve never plucked up the courage to sit in one of those chairs while some poor woman attends to my feet. Maybe I’ll put it on my bucket list??

    • Laurie Stone

      Leanne, That’s why I tip well. I also get a little funny about having someone tend to my feet. Having said that, as you can probably tell, its a dicey situation for me, but I do it anyway.

    • Laurie Stone

      Stephanie, Although the process is icky, I also love the end result. I’m the same way. Its easier than doing it myself.

  2. I love pedicures, but I was late coming to them. I had manicures for years before some nail technician convinced me to do a pedicure. I’ve never looked back. Your pedicure experience sounds like my husband’s though. He’s a chef and on his feet all the time, so I treat him. You can watch him almost slide out of his chair once they start working on the calluses because his feet are so ticklish too.

    • Laurie Stone

      Jennifer, I’m glad I’m not the only ticklish-callous person! Once in a while, I see a brave man among the women. Good for him!

  3. I used to have my feet done but then had some problems with my toe nails and started painting them myself. My feet have cleared up and I’d love to have them done again. My feet are sensitive so I would probably forego the callus treatment.

    • Laurie Stone

      Rebecca, Its a miracle I get pedicures at all, but I love the end result. Its a good idea to do your own. You have control. Still, there’s something so luxurious (albeit torturous) about the professional pedicure. For some reason, I find it hard to resist.

  4. I’ve had one professional pedicure and that was enough… for all the reasons you stated. No more! A girlfriend of mine always has the best looking toes/polish. Makes me want to try, again, but no… I’ve also had less than five professional fingernail manicures as well. Went to a famous salon where the owner does my color, I get my haircut and my makeup artist friend works. It was the worst polish job of my life. I do a much better job!

  5. Colette

    Once again, so fun to read this wonderfully truthful and amusing piece by Laurie! I love pedicures and even treat myself to them when I have a pile of work to get through as doing the work while the technician caters to my feet makes work seem so much more enjoyable. With that said, I squirm off my chair when they use the pumous stone and I am not a fan of pushing the cuticles back.. I enjoy the other toe prep and ask for a light massage which I thouroughly enjoy!
    thanks for sharing ! Your writing makes me smile! 🙂

    • Laurie Stone

      Colette! So good to hear from you. I’m glad I’m not the only squeamish one out there. Instead of work, however, you must read dumb celebrity magazines. You’re too diligent!

    • Laurie Stone

      Kristine, Yes and yes. I’m definitely an HSP, in every way. I never related that to pedicures, but it makes total sense!

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