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Spruce up for the Memorial Day weekend with a carefully considered manicure

May 28, 2011 |  7:05 am

Manni Oh, boy. It's Saturday. Finally.

And to get ready for the long holiday weekend, I'm heading out first thing to spruce up. First the hair. Then the nails, which are in pretty pathetic shape right now: broken, uneven, with dried-out cuticles. One of the most restorative things about the weekend (for me, at least ) is the chance to soak my feet in a tub of warm water while someone else tends to my manicure and pedicure. And presto, I emerge with soft, polished fingers and toes and a new outlook.

The significant other doesn't get it. "Can't you just do that yourself," he says, "AND SAVE MONEY?"

Well, sure but where's the relaxation in that?

But I do take his point about saving money. So I consider carefully before giving in to the "up-sell." You know, when the nail technician brings up extras, like scrubs, callus removers, massages, hot wax and wraps.

Are they worth it? It can be confusing. Writer Alene Dawson thought so too, and asked some experts for advice about which mani/pedi extras are worthwhile and which are worthless. Read about it here.

I already did and one thing I know for sure: I will NOT say yes to any pedicure that involves live fish. Honest!

-- Susan Denley  

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Photo: Massaging foot with salt scrub. Credit: Mindee Choi / Getty Images.

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