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Is a professional manicure worth the money?

Is a professional manicure worth the money?

Studies show that people size up other people in a matter of seconds, so making a good first impression is essential to your success, whether it’s in business or with the ladies. In a culture where we greet each other with a handshake, well-groomed mitts are crucial. There’s almost no bigger turnoff than dirty, jagged nails on rough, calloused hands. A well-groomed man is a person who takes care of himself, and a man who takes care of himself is more likely to take care of business, in both the boardroom and the bedroom.

I know what you’re thinking: Nail salons are for chicks. Get over it. Over the past 10 years, our client base has expanded to include everyone from Jack Wall Street to Joe the Plumber. While you can groom your own nails at home, you will never replicate the neat precision of a professional job. Technicians’ training and experience -- and professional tools -- make a world of difference. Think of it this way: Would you cut your own hair or give yourself a massage?

There’s a wide spectrum of professional manicures, designed to treat different conditions (dry skin, callouses, ingrown nails) and an equally wide price range, but expect to shell out anywhere from $10 to $50 for a deluxe treatment. Plan to spend about half an hour having your nails soaked, trimmed, filed, cleaned and buffed; your thicket of cuticles cut back; and your hands exfoliated and massaged. The result is so spiffy you’ll probably make a habit of it.

The most important thing in a salon is cleanliness. You don’t need to give someone else’s fungus a ride home on your hands. Call ahead and ask if and how they sanitize their tools (UV light or a liquid disinfectant are best) and whether their technicians are licensed. Check the place out in person or online to make sure you’d be comfortable there. After all, this could be a place you come back to every few weeks.

About the Expert

Steven Morales is the assistant manager at , and a recent convert to professional manicures and pedicures.

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