Shikha Mittal


Let's Switch to Waterless Pedicure from Water Pedicure

Can you imagine pedicure without water? Yes, this can happen through Waterless pedicure is super relaxing that your client might even fall asleep while getting their toes done. Waterless pedicures are more sanitary. A waterless pedicure eliminates any potential for soaking in dirty water. Many of us find soaking in warm water to be soothing and relaxing, but maybe we should rethink this traditional scenario. Even though soaking does soften the cuticles, it’s better to use a cuticle remover cream or gel because the water could soften the cuticles so much that they tear which could lead to potential infections. As all pedicure manicure have its own characteristics. But waterless pedicure is differing from others so its importance is also different.

Benefits for salon

Eliminating Water eliminates:

  • The space required for a pedicure is only equipment.
  • The expenses of equipment, maintenance, and parts
  • The expenses of plumbing, including labor and permits
  • The waste of 12-15 gallons of water each pedicure
  • The expense of water and sewage fees
  • The risk associated with water-borne bacteria
  • The time to clean equipment
  • The labor involved in cleaning

Benefits for client

No reused water: Although a spa might claim to change out the water in a pedicure tub between clients, some water may linger in the tub and contaminate the clean water.

More Sanitary: Traditional pedicure involves a tub full of bubbling water to cleanse away the grime and dirt under the client's feet. Even though the tubs are sanitized before use by each client, studies have shown that some harmful bacteria and slime persist in some obscure corners. The comfortable temperature and oxygen circulation in the tub creates an ideal breeding ground for these microbes. In this pedicure, we avoid using water, hence the chances of contracting any infection are minimized.

Nail polish lasts longer: Ever notice how your nails feel weaker after taking a bath? You’re not imaging it—and this fragility actually makes it harder for the polish to affix to your digits. During a traditional pedicure with a foot spa, the nail absorbs water, expanding and changing shape. Sometime after the polish has been applied, the nail returns to its original shape and weakens the newly applied nail polish. A dry pedicure places polish on a nail not misshapen by the absorption of water. Manicures last a solid three to four days longer when they don’t soak beforehand.

Cuticles are less likely to peel: Cuticles soaked in water also absorb water. Plumped up in size, the cuticle trim sometimes results in peeling skin a few days later..

Fits well into a busy schedule: In today’s society, every minute is a precious commodity. Without the foot spa soak, a nail technician can give a client a faster pedicure if needed.

Ideal for diabetic clients:  A dry pedicure skips the foot soaking, making it the go-to for every diabetic. People with health conditions are generally wary of washing their feet in the water at spas, considering the health risks these present. A medical condition makes the patients even more susceptible to infections, particularly diabetics. By reducing these chances, a waterless pedicure is a perfect option for diabetics

Let’s know what is the procedure of waterless pedicure, so you can give your client proper satisfaction to your client.

  • Prepare your pedicure station and seat your client
  • Clean your hands and put on gloves
  • Clean client’s feet with a soapy warm washcloth.
  • Remove any polish with acetone and nail wipes
  • Check the condition of the client’s nail and skin
  • Prepare your tools
  • Apply cuticle softener and callus softener
  • Trim any excess nail length with a nail trimmer
  • Now, Shape and smooth nail with 180/400 file
  • Gently push back cuticles with a cuticle pusher
  • Wipe cuticle residue with nail wipe
  • Trim excess cuticle with a cuticle nipper
  • Smooth calluses with callus file.
  • Apply exfoliating scrub to feet and remove gloves
  • Apply paraffin with bags and wait 3-5 minutes
  • Remove bags and wipe feet with warm cloths.
  • Massage lower legs and feet with lotion
  • Blot excess lotion with a dry washcloth
  • Dust feet with powder and dry washcloth


Contrary to popular belief, a foot soak isn’t essential to a pedicure. Waterless services are becoming increasingly popular, and with good reason—not only do they conserve water, but they also decrease the risk of infection. Perfect for eco-conscious clients, those looking to minimize cross-contamination or diabetics, the service begins with a foot cleanse using a hot towel and a natural antiseptic spray, and then the nails are trimmed, filed and buffed. After the tech applies a cuticle softener, the feet and legs are exfoliated with a vanilla sugar scrub. The service concludes with a leg and foot massage. Clients never have to switch legs or shift during the service, making it easier for them to fully relax.  Another benefit of going waterless? Extended polish wear. After soaking, nails absorb water and increase in size, then shrink back once they’re dry, causing premature chipping; Skipping the soak ensures that the polish will last longer.