The word "manicure" is derived from a Latin word that literally means care for your hands. Manicure treatments not only involve hands, but fingernails as well. How our hands and fingernails look reflect how well we take care of them, and their appearance may affect first impressions that we leave.
The main purpose of manicure is to make people look and feel good about their hands and fingernails. It is very popular and works like a fashion accessory, because there is a wide range of products that can be used for fingernails.
Other purposes of manicure are to prevent nail damage, and to treat sore or broken skin around the nails. Hand massages, which are usually a part of manicure treatments, help to improve blood circulation around the hand and fingernails, and decreases the rate of wrinkling.
Basic manicure treatments include shaping and filing of nails, buffing, removing of cuticles, a quick hand massage and applying nail polish. Examples of other types of treatments include the use of warmed paraffin wax to moisturize and smooth the hands.