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Silver
07-03-2007, 12:14 PM
My nail salon gives the bestest pedicures ever. I LOVE getting my pedicures. I always rave to DH about how nice it is and I almost fall asleep in the chair cause it's sooooo damn relaxing. The massaging chair is incredible!

So, I told him that next time I go (next week), I'm taking him with me and he needs to get a pedicure too. It would do him good cause he drives all day and his driving leg is always tired n sore. Plus he picks his toenails (:ick:) and I think he'd like having someone else take care of them.

Although he agrees the massage would be wonderful, and the chair sounds great, he's not sure if he wants to have it done. I guess it's a MAN thing. :rollseyes: But honestly, I know he'd really enjoy it.

Do any of your male SO's (significant others), or you male knitters, ever get pedicures? What does a woman think of a guy who gets pedicures? Help me convince him that there's nothing to be shy about! :)

Kaydee
07-03-2007, 12:30 PM
I've seen a few guys getting manicures when I've been at the nail salon (and they look like they're pretty manly men). They don't get polish or anything but its just to make their hands nice. I think a pedicure would be the same thing. Its not like he has to get pink polish or anything.:teehee:

marykz
07-03-2007, 12:37 PM
LOL- i WISH he'd get one, but the one time I suggested it, DH looked at me like I'd fallen from another planet.

Seriously guys- if its sandal season- get a pedi!!!

Some of the younger (25-ish) guys at work I know get them. there's no nail polish or anything involved- just good grooming.

and I agree they are soooo relaxing and good for my mental health. (suddenly I feel the need to go visit my spa...)

several nail places near us have sort of secluded pedi areas so the men don't feel too self conscious- maybe you could see if your place does that too? good luck and it would be a nice relaxing couple-thing/ date time.

nonny2t
07-03-2007, 12:40 PM
It's not easy to convince a man to go out of his comfort zone and do something unusual. I know my husband would probably not do it and I am not sure he would enjoy it frankly. Not all men or women for that matter like having their feet messed with at all.

I don't particularly like pedicures myself. I would not press the issue frankly, though invite hime when you go and see if he will.

LibraryLady
07-03-2007, 12:57 PM
My SO gets them. He has horrible calluses and prefers to have someone else work on them. His feet are oddly shaped (very wide front, very narrow heel) and consequently grow the calluses to fit into his shoes.

He's talked many guys into getting pedicures by stating the virtues of getting the nails properly cut, the massage and the calluses worked on. I guess most men think manicures and pedicures are all about the polish and don't realize there is so much more to it than that.

Of all the guys I know who get it, they are diehard converts and absolutely love it!

LL

Knitting_Guy
07-03-2007, 01:13 PM
Nah, I don't think that's for me. Most of us guys just don't care enough about such things to go to the bother.

JoeE
07-03-2007, 01:15 PM
I've never had one, but I'd love to. I'm a little chicken about being an interloper in what feels like women's territory--which explains part of my reticence about going to a LYS (although I am getting better about that). I've met a few ultra-far-left-wing feminists in my extended community circle who have let me know in no uncertain terms that some women do NOT appreciate men intruding into their environment, so I tend to be cautious about assuming I'd be welcome. It's not so much a matter of fear as it is respect for their need for a safe place.

beckyrhae
07-03-2007, 01:50 PM
I was a hairstylist for 12 years and while I didn't do that many pedicures once I was out of school I had a wonderful gentleman that got pedi's from me every other week. He was quite elderly and unable to take good care of his feet on his own... He LOVED getting pampered. He was so thankful he made my little girl the cutest pull toy. It was a duck that he hand carved and the wheels had rubber feet so it made the greatest sound when you pulled it. I still treasure that duck. :)

My stepdad gets pedi's from my mom. He has been to a couple of salons, but feels more comfortable when myself or my mom do them at home.

My DH isnt too into the pedi idea, but he has done it a couple of times.

Silver
07-03-2007, 01:56 PM
I don't particularly like pedicures myself. I would not press the issue frankly, though invite hime when you go and see if he will.
I did invite him, and he's not totally turned off to the idea. But he's not all to eager either. It's not like he doesn't like having his feet worked on, I've given him pedicures at home and he loves them. It's just getting one in public that he's not excited about. Even though they do a way better job than I do.

Of all the guys I know who get it, they are diehard converts and absolutely love it!
That's encouraging. I think it would be cool if he got them from time to time. :)

I've never had one, but I'd love to. I'm a little chicken about being an interloper in what feels like women's territory--which explains part of my reticence about going to a LYS (although I am getting better about that). I've met a few ultra-far-left-wing feminists in my extended community circle who have let me know in no uncertain terms that some women do NOT appreciate men intruding into their environment, so I tend to be cautious about assuming I'd be welcome. It's not so much a matter of fear as it is respect for their need for a safe place.
Hmmmm... interesting. I've never seen a man to scoff at me when I walk into a sports bar or pool hall. Those "ultra-far-left-wing feminists" do not speak for all women. Fair is fair. If I can come to your pool hall, you can come to my nail salon.
:muah:

My nail salon isn't all girly-girly though. They offer a full range of services including waxing. They have regular male clients for chest/back waxing n such, although that's taken care of in a back room.

Thanks for the input everyone!! I'll let you know if I can convince him.. and what he thinks of it if he comes. :)

larudden
07-03-2007, 02:27 PM
I wish my husband would get one! He picks at his toenails which drives me CRAZY and then he leaves the nails on the table! UGH! How gross is THAT???????????????
Anyhow, I've told him before that he should have a manicure because he's always working on his car or motorcycle and his nails are always cruddy. He says guys are supposed to have dirty nails. I don't THINK so..........................

What a nut but I adore him..............

Silver
07-03-2007, 03:47 PM
LOL Larudden, your husband sounds just like mine! Picking his toenails drives me bonkers. Just that little click click sound and I want to scream, then he has to flick his toenails at me and laugh like it's the funniest thing in the world. Hahah! I love him but man that's gross. But at least he's not as limber as he used to be when he would BITE his toenails. :ick:

He too works on his car or motorcycle but he got tired of having to scrub his hands and nails afterwards. So he wears disposable nitrile gloves now when he's playing mechanic. He keeps his fingernails pretty darn clean and is always picking at them with his pocketknife. See why I think he should get a pedicure? Heck, maybe even a manicure!

kknittinfool
07-03-2007, 03:52 PM
My husband is a firefighter and he loves pedicures. So do several of his friends. We go all the time to get pedicures together

Miss Moosey
07-03-2007, 04:10 PM
My dad has never gotten a pedicure. He is very shy about his feet because when he did weightlifting in college (he is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1977 Intermural Weightlifting Champion--a fact which he still brags about today) he dropped a weight on his big toes and his nails have never been quite right since :ick:. Therefore he probably won't let anybody near his feet.

I'm sure that most guys don't do it because they see it as a girl thing. Or they just don't care--if you don't wear open toed shoes or sandals, why bother?

On the other hand, neither my mom nor I have ever had a pedicure. And I don't think I will ever have one--my feet are so sensitive and ticklish that I'd probably kick the poor person working on them.

Rebecca

zip
07-03-2007, 06:13 PM
Nah, I don't think that's for me. Most of us guys just don't care enough about such things to go to the bother.

Your handknit socks would thank you. They'd feel softer against your skin and they wouldn't snag. I'm just sayin'. ;)

My SO has no desire to get one either, and I'm certain he'd enjoy the experience and the benefits because he's otherwise very well groomed. His resistance to my request to go with me is lowering, so someday...

Yarnlady
07-03-2007, 09:12 PM
Nah, I don't think that's for me. Most of us guys just don't care enough about such things to go to the bother.:lol:But I bet the woman/en in your life wish you did care enough.....:teehee:

Yarnlady
07-03-2007, 09:15 PM
some women do NOT appreciate men intruding into their environmentI tend to dislike straight men coming into "women's environments" when they act like they are the "authorities" in that area. Gay men don't bother me at all and generally I like to get their opinions on color, style and such as all my taste is in my mouth.

Knitting_Guy
07-03-2007, 09:22 PM
I tend to dislike straight men coming into "women's environments" when they act like they are the "authorities" in that area. Gay men don't bother me at all and generally I like to get their opinions on color, style and such as all my taste is in my mouth.


So in your mind straight guys couldn't possible know about such things? Hmmm, my past girlfriends would disagree.

feministmama
07-03-2007, 11:04 PM
My uncle- the biggest sexist oinker on the east side of the mississippi - takes his twin daughters every week and they all get a pedicure. :teehee:

Nobones
07-04-2007, 06:08 AM
I give my hubby a pedicure every month. I don't get them myself for 3 reasons.

1; I hate feet, (but love my hubby and he loves having his feet done)

2; I hate anyone touching my feet.

3; I have no toenails. (Honest, I have such cold feet due to bad circulation. My toenails came off when I was a teenager and have never grown back. I just have nail beds)


My hubby absolutely loves having his feet done. I put a nail strengthening product on his nails too.

Yarnlady
07-04-2007, 09:43 AM
So in your mind straight guys couldn't possible know about such things? Hmmm, my past girlfriends would disagree.Nope, it's the attitude of the man. He steps into the area and lets everyone know he's there, he's a man and he knows all the answers. It's more the need to be acknowledged as lord and master that irritates me. If a person is an expert or just knowledgeable that's great but to announce it and expect special acknowledgement because of gender....

There are many men who are masters in the fiber world and most of them, like yourself, offer information without insisting that because they are male the automatically know these things.

Jan in CA
07-04-2007, 12:10 PM
In my experience Yarnlady that description can apply to others as well. Straight men have not cornered the market on attitude. I've seen women and gay men act like that, too. Some people are just know it alls.

I think it's fine for men to be in a nail salon and wish more of them would go. DH picks his nails, too btw. I have to watch what I keep next to his recliner or it may be used if is pocket knife is missing.:ick:

zip
07-04-2007, 03:52 PM
In my experience Yarnlady that description can apply to others as well. Straight men have not cornered the market on attitude. I've seen women and gay men act like that, too. Some people are just know it alls...

seconded. I even know lesbians who have that type of know-it-all attitude. :teehee:

misstialouise
07-04-2007, 06:53 PM
I think more men, and people in general should get pedi's more often... feet I've seen on some young men/women are just rancid!

Silver
07-05-2007, 04:46 PM
Well I think it's gonna be a no-go for him. He's just not "into" it and would rather spend the money on something else. So I'm not going to press the issue. Whatever... I'll go by myself! :)

Shandeh
07-09-2007, 12:43 PM
I took my hubby for a pedicure. He was uneasy about it at first, looking around to see who was watching us go in. He carried a "manly" book with him to read. (Some kind of war book) :teehee:

When we got in the chairs, I showed him how to use the controls for heat and massage, and he started to relax.

I was the first one to get my pedicure, then his started soon after. It was good that way, because he could see each procedure being done on my feet, and was able to prepare himself when it happened to him.

When it was over, he said, "Wow, that felt great. I'm definitely adding it to my list, along with getting a haircut every month." :wink:

Stiney
07-09-2007, 03:18 PM
Eh, I don't really care what people do with their feet, as long as they keep them hygienic.

I personally love pedicures, and think everyone should get them because they feel so niiiiiiiice.

Silver
07-09-2007, 05:18 PM
I personally love pedicures, and think everyone should get them because they feel so niiiiiiiice.
Yeah, that's what I say. I asked DH again this morning and again he kindly said no, so I'm going all by myself tomorrow. :happydance:
He just doesn't know what he's missing!

KnitClickChick
07-10-2007, 11:09 AM
They have regular male clients for chest/back waxing n such, although that's taken care of in a back room.


:rollseyes: I think it is silly for a man to wax any part of his body. Funny how your tastes change. As a young girl, I thought hairy men were gross. Til I met my boyfriend. My boyfriend is pretty hairy, and I love it! I'd beat him if he ever considered getting a single hair on his body waxed. I get ticked when he gets his hair cut and they want to trim his eyebrows! I won't allow it. I love his eyebrows -- they are kind of long, dark brown with the longer brows a golden color and they just set off his amber colored eyes perfectly. :heart:

Men waxing.... reminds me of the scene from What Women Want when Mel Gibson tests an at home waxing kit on his leg.... :roflhard:

Jeremy
07-10-2007, 12:04 PM
What is done when you have a pedicure? My wife gets them every once in a while.:think:

LibraryLady
07-10-2007, 01:34 PM
...I get ticked when he gets his hair cut and they want to trim his eyebrows! I won't allow it. I love his eyebrows -- they are kind of long, dark brown with the longer brows a golden color and they just set off his amber colored eyes perfectly.

I grew up in a family of men with really long eyebrows and they don't trim them. The hairs get a little wild at times, but us gals get to smooth them into place. My SO has them too, but he trims them! :cry: I can't talk him into just letting them grow.

OTH, I'm really glad he trims his ear and nose hairs! :roflhard::roflhard:

LL

Shandeh
07-10-2007, 02:40 PM
What is done when you have a pedicure? My wife gets them every once in a while.:think:

Well, it might be a bit different at each spa, but here's what they do at mine:

You sit in a massaging chair, and soak your feet in warm soapy water that has water-jets that massage your feet. (I'd be happy with just this part.) :teehee:

Next, they trim your nails, file them, and work on your toenail cuticles. Then, they use a special scrubber to work on your callouses. One foot is still soaking while the other is being worked on, then each foot is placed back in the water after it's worked on.

Next, they have you dip your feet in hot wax, then cover them with plastic. When the wax gets hard, they remove it, and massage lotion into your feet and legs. (I really like this part too.) :inlove:

Then they put on nail polish.

My husband really enjoyed getting his feet worked on, and tells people about it all the time now. He says that he had been missing out on a special treat all his life. I'm glad he enjoys it, because his feet really needed the attention. He couldn't trim them well himself, and he had lots of dry skin and callouses on them. Now, I LOVE to play footsie with him. :heart:

Silver
07-10-2007, 07:28 PM
:rollseyes: I think it is silly for a man to wax any part of his body.
I don't think it's silly. I don't think hairy chests are attractive and appreciate men who take care of themselves. However, my DH would never wax any part of his body. lol Fortunately, he's not very hairy at all.

What is done when you have a pedicure? My wife gets them every once in a while.:think:
What Shandeh said. Mine doesn't do the hot wax though, they do a full massage on my lower legs, ankles and feet though. Pedicures are not about the nail polish, it's just the finishing touch.


Next, they have you dip your feet in hot wax, then cover them with plastic. When the wax gets hard, they remove it,
Um.. my salon doesn't do the hot wax part. :?eyebrow: Next time I'm comin to your place!

Shandeh
07-10-2007, 08:20 PM
It's actually a paraffin wax, and it smells peachy. I love it! :heart:

Rorshach
07-13-2007, 02:25 AM
Well to be perfectly honest, Kristin, I've never had one done, but that's not to say I wouldn't ever. I would go because it's a new experience, and then return (or not) based on the experience.

As far as straight men having all the answers or thinking they do, unfortunately, in many cases this is correct, however, reserving it for one specific type of gender seems to say that those of other types of gender, seems extremely biased. After all, can one say they know every particular person in which they've stereotyped? And that's all I'm going to say on the matter.

Shandeh
07-13-2007, 12:58 PM
Rorshach, you are 100% correct. Each of us is an individual, with differences so bizarre, there would be no way to categorize or stereotype us!!!

I mean, just because you're a woman, doesn't mean you'll act a certain way. The same with men.

I've seen some men who would start a fight over a look. I've seen other men who are afraid to look at anyone. Women are all different as well. Some people say women are weaklings, but I've seen some women that could beat up The Terminator!

And I've met LOTS of women who think they have all the answers.

Riss
07-13-2007, 03:05 PM
My mom makes my 12yro brother get one every few months. His feet are NASTY, and its the only way to get them truly squeaky clean. But he loves it. He always asks to go again. He's gonna make some girl happy some day :)

Shandeh
07-13-2007, 08:38 PM
Wow! He's getting trained WELL! :thumbsup:

geekgolightly
07-14-2007, 09:49 AM
I've never had one, but I'd love to. I'm a little chicken about being an interloper in what feels like women's territory--which explains part of my reticence about going to a LYS (although I am getting better about that). I've met a few ultra-far-left-wing feminists in my extended community circle who have let me know in no uncertain terms that some women do NOT appreciate men intruding into their environment, so I tend to be cautious about assuming I'd be welcome. It's not so much a matter of fear as it is respect for their need for a safe place.

if people need that sort of safe space, it should be a support group. places of business are not segregated by gender. please don't think that women are thinking that when you are in an LYS. most of us are delighted and curious. i've only gotten a mani pedi once, and there was a guy in there and i wasn't the least bit disturbed, nor was anyone else.