Man Feet Maintenance – Blokes and Pedicures

You got a WHAT? A pedicure?

It can be a sensitive topic for men. Only 10 years ago, in 2010, I remember the silence that fell on the room when I suggested to male friends we get a pedicure. It would have been my first time. Chances of a deafening silent re-occurrence today is not as high but I can’t be so sure.

So, I carried out a quick survey asking 10 participants if they have ever had one, what it felt like, if they’d go again and if they would get one if it was free. From the 10 participants, I found that 86% have had a pedicure, surprised? The 14% who hadn’t, said they either did it themselves or someone (friend/wife) did it for them. The 86% found it relaxing and therapeutic, a few also admitted they got funny looks from other people while they sat there. This is probably to be expected but hey, who cares about funny looks? At least a good number of them said they will do it again. The most interesting part is, all, I mean 100%, said they would go for a pedicure if it was offered as a free gift voucher. That says something, doesn’t it? Go figure!

In this regard, this made up African proverb seems suitable: ” A lion doesn’t need tools to sharpen his claws” – My imagination. You’re far too manly….right?

You’d be surprised how much women disapprove over the state of our toenails. Men don’t usually care too much so spas go to some extent to rebrand it to make it sound more “manly”. That’s why I call it “man feet maintenance – mfm”. It’s got a nice ring to it, right? 😀 Makes it feel like spanners will be used instead of delicate tools.

FYI, there are different types of pedicures, but the one you should expect as a bloke entails you getting your foot soaked in a warm (well maybe slightly hotter than warm but bearable) soapy liquid, then scrubbed with a file or a pumice stone to remove dead skin or calluses (a bit like grating cheese :D). A brief feet massage should follow, afterward, your toenails will be trimmed and shaped, then polished (if you want, but I don’t want and I don’t think you should either). It’s not just cutting toenails. It’s like a spa for your feet.

I have dry feet and for me, it’s all about not feeling like I have feet made of sandpaper that don’t itch all the time. If you’re involved in sports (where you were trainers) or you jog a lot, the bottom of your feet will have calluses (which is a thickened and hardened part of the skin or soft tissue, especially in an area that has been subjected to friction). What better treatment than a pedicure; or maybe it should be renamed calluscure.

I hear you asking, why pay for something you can do for free at home? The answer lies around not being able to do your own toenails nearly as well as a pro would. Guess what? Apart from its relaxing feeling and the cosmetic touch-up, there are a few potential health benefits as well:

  • Infection detection: A pro might be able to detect fungal infections or bunions early so you can deal with them before they become an issue.
  • Better skin: Many pedicures will use creams, lotions, and other add-ons that work to cure dry skin. And nearly all of them include exfoliation to remove any dead, unnecessary skin.
  • Stress relief: If you can relax during a pedicure, you might get a psychological boost. Plus a foot massage, even if it’s from potentially another bloke, it’s not that awkward. I think.

An interesting quote goes thus: “Sometimes there is a bit of a hurdle in getting men into a spa, but once they go, they’re usually hooked.” – Susie Ellis (Spa expert).

So, before you get hooked, be warned, it involves deep and firm finger strokes which means it can be ticklish and uncomfortable for a second, particularly in really knotty areas, but the sensation of well-being afterward should be worth it. They are much more practical in my opinion compared to manicures (the hand version).

I don’t see anything wrong with getting one if you are curious. Expect to pay anywhere between N2,500 to N5,000 and it should only last about an hour. I wouldn’t go regularly, but I think many men have mistaken the reason for getting one. It isn’t because you are trying to look “pretty” or you are unable to do your own toenails, it is about going somewhere to relax and get pampered. It may not sound very manly, but human beings being social animals do respond very well to grooming rituals. It releases dopamine into your brain and makes you feel “good”. This is similar to your mom scratching your head as a child, or your girlfriend/wife/other-half scratching your back.

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