By Rebecca Carvalho

Many Brazilian women living in the U.S today miss the “Brazilian Way” to make their manicures when they go to the Beauty Salon that provides the traditional nail service – manicure and pedicure. On the other side, there are some Brazilians living in the U.S that by choice, make their own manicure or know a friend or a professional Brazilian manicure professional.

The basic difference from a Brazilian style manicure to one done in the U.S is that after soaking your hands in a paraffin treatment and exfoliating, part of the cuticles is removed to make the surface of the nail completely flat. Another important factor of the difference is that instead of applying polish only to the nail, it is painted on the surrounding skin area to ensure the polish coats the edge of the nail bed to make the manicure last longer.

For some Americans, the fact that the cuticles in part are removed is a reason to concern about safety as they think the cuticle as a natural protector from the skin and is not good to remove it. We talked with a few Brazilian manicurists about this concern such as Alessandra Comodo (from Los Angeles) and Mari de Souza (from Las Vegas).

Alessandra has said “the cuticles are dead skin, so it’s ok to remove part of it”, while Mari has added, “when the professional manicure trims it properly, it lasts a lot longer and your nail color will look much better”.

The main focus of the Brazilian manicure service is to provide a solution for a very common problem in the manicure/pedicure field: unpolished or unpainted nail edges. To help with this problem, the Brazilian Manicure style uses special clippers hard to find in the U.S market. Brazilian manicurists usually import it from Brazil and wrap a small piece of cotton dipped in nail polish remover around a wood stick to wipe away the excess polish on the cuticle area.

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