LOL I laugh every time I say that expression in my head. Our feet are the hands of our legs.
I don’t recall exactly where I heard it. However, I knew I could write about it.
It’s relevant and it’s funny as hell.
I think it’s so funny that I’m 33 years in the Beauty Business, and not once have I ever heard or even thought of myself, this quote.
Yet, as funny as that is, it is also relevant to everything I’ve ever taught about feet. Our feet carry us around for a lifetime…..at home care is crucial…..the right products etc. etc.
Our feet are an extension of us. Well manicured fingernails are status. Our pedicured feet are status as well.
If you agree with that statement, then you also agree we have to stop doing some of the things we do in our pedicure chair.
- We have to stop using foot files that shred the skin on the feet. We wouldn’t do that on our hands.
- We have to stop applying acid based products to deal with calluses. We wouldn’t put acid on our hands.
- We have to stop improperly filing and digging into sidewalls and cuticles, causing permanent damage to the nail. We know we wouldn’t do that on our hands.
Caring for our clients in the pedicure room is not about the glitz and glam. It’s about…
- Your client hugging you for releasing pressure of his/her ingrown nail
- The teenager going to prom getting her hands and nails done, gleaming with excitement
- The bride to be
The list can continue. It’s about the families, the lives, the journey.
I do believe I see a cosmic shift in our Pedicure industry.
It used to be you were forced into doing pedicures. Didn’t matter who you spoke with, no one liked feet.
Then something happened and people began getting into this industry because of feet. They wanted to specialize.
Dr’s offices were opening to feet and more and more classes became available.
It’s a specialized niche. The last 12 years, pedicures have been responsible for 38% of growth in our industry. It wouldn’t surprise me even, if that number went up.
So maybe everyone is beginning to realize Our feet are the hands of our legs.
They are realizing, our feet DO carry us around for a lifetime, they are realizing this is a lifetime career.
In relation to our Salons, if we realize the importance of properly caring for our clients feet and treating them as you would someones hands….if not better, you can then realize the importance of your profession.
- Realize knowledge is not just power, the “right” knowledge is powerful. Using products and tools within your facility because of quality and effectiveness, is far more important than using them because you like the scent.
- Realize as I have said many times, we are the first responders AND we should be the last responders. Teaching and training our clients constantly makes your job easier and also keeps yours clients happy and healthy. There should be no need for them to go elsewhere.
- Realize education is the key to success and no matter what age you are, or how long you have been in this industry…..the only constant is change and we have to be able to adapt.
- Realize you should not be just status quo, you have to go over and above the call of duty in order to project a full Professional position.
My point is this. Education of Feet has changed a lot over the past 50 years..it just keeps getting better and better every passing year.
We all need to be sponges and continuously learn and be a better you. Soak up as much information as we can.
We learn, we share, we develop.