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Japanese Manicure: What Is It and Why Every Woman Needs One


All of us want to have beautiful nails. Long, shiny and elastic. But most of the time, that’s not the case. So if you are like me, then you too, probably cover the imperfections with nail polish and beautiful nail art.

Every once in a while, however, I like to give my nails break. This time when I went to the salon to take off my shellac nail polish, I discovered something, that I was very excited about. My nail salon is now offering a new manicure, totally natural and organic. You may have heard of it. It’s called Japanese manicure.

What is Japanese manicure?

First of all, the professional performing Japanese manicure is not called an aesthetician, but rather a master. Very fitting title. This professional assesses your hands, and your nails, and decides how to proceed. It’s amazing what your nails and hands can reveal about your health.


All of the ingredients that are being used during the Japanese manicure are made from natural materials. The tools that are used are ceramic nail files, calfskin polishing units, and orange tree sticks. The disinfectants, oils, and creams are also made with natural ingredients. Some most commonly used ingredients include pearl powder, ginseng, rice milk, beeswax, jojoba oil, bamboo extract, seaweed extract, vanilla extract, lotus seed extract, red tea extract, and yang-ylang oil.

The whole idea behind this manicure is to allow weakend and damaged nails to be restored to their natural glory. Even though you can see amazing results right after the first application of this manicure, you’ll need several Japanese manicures for the nails to become firm, smooth, and elastic, and to acquire a healthy pink shade and natural shine.

What is the treatment like?

After removing my nail polish and looking over my hands and nails, the master put on a disinfecting liquid that was warm to touch and contained beeswax. Then she filed my nails with ceramic nail file to my desired length and shape (which traditionally is short and round).

The next step was to get rid of my cuticles. They were softened with jojoba oil and pushed in with a ceramic stick.

Then the master applied a cream to my nail-bed. The cream was made out of many different natural ingredients. This was done in preparation for buffing. Once the nails were buffed using calfskin polishing tool, it was time to apply the paste.

After that she applied a mineral paste that is supposed to strengthen the nailbed. The minerals also allow the nails to grow faster and stronger. The paste was made with sea weed,ย beeswax, and several different oils such as jojoba, bamboo, ylang-ylang, and red tea. The paste was gently spread all over the nail, and buffed deeply into the nailbed.


Finally, the polishing film was applied and buffed into the nailbed. It is actually a powder that is applied another buffing tool. The protective film helps achieve the smoothness and shine, and protects the nail from damage. This particular film included ingredients such ginseng and pearl powder.

Depending on the salon, this process is applied two or three times.

To finish off, I was treated to a rejuvenating hand massage, using warm essential oils that help increase blood circulation, release tension and relax you hands.


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How long does it last?

I was told that this manicure should last me about two weeks. Maybe even a little longer if I don’t spend much time washing clothes or dishes by hand. Knowing me, I will be lucky if it lasts me two weeks.

So was it worth it?

Definitely! Ladies, you have to try Japanese manicure at least once. My hands feel so soft and my nails are beautiful and shiny. The best part is that all the products they used on my hands were 100% natural. Even though my nails are not colorful, I am very proud of myself that I am taking yet another step towards living my life chemical-free.



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    A Capone Connection
    April 4, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    This sounds incredible. I don’t know of any place that offers this where I live but I will see if I can find it when traveling. Thanks!

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    PT and Pregnant
    May 30, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    This process sounds so relaxing and great for your nails and hands. I use my hands all day for work so I should give this a try.

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    May 28, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Iโ€™ve not heard of this but Iโ€™m going to check in my area. I love the idea of all natural products! Thanks for the info.

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    Steph Social
    May 24, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Love this manicure! I love anything k or j beauty!!

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    January 14, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    They look really nice!! I am going to see if I can find a place that does that in Arizona! Thank you!!

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    April 18, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Geesh this was so informative! I feel so shallow for only being interested in what color and design I want in the nail salon now. I have to do better, now that I know better. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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    January 22, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    This is awesome. I’ve never heard of a Japanese manicure until now. I love how the procedure is tailored to each individual.

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    Fatima D Torres
    January 21, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    I’ve never heard of a Japanese manicure, but I love how clean it is. The end result is beautiful.

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    January 21, 2018 at 11:47 am

    This type of manicure looks nice. I think I need one pretty soon. Love it!

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    January 21, 2018 at 10:59 am

    How neat! I have never heard of a Japanese manicure, but now I want one! I rarely go for manicures, but this one would be perfect for me! How much is it? I love that they use natural materials, and I love the natural look of the finished nails. Yours look great!

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    Corinne and Kirsty
    January 21, 2018 at 7:55 am

    I had never heard of a japanese manicure but it sounds amazing! i don’t do my nails often but that would be quit nice!

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    January 21, 2018 at 4:39 am

    Never heard of japanese manicure before. But seems to be great!

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    Wendy Polisi
    January 20, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    My nails could really use one of these. I let them go sometimes.

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    January 20, 2018 at 2:18 am

    I like how natural it is. I also love my nails short.

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    January 19, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    It looks really great. I would like to try this japanese manicure. Thanks for sharing.

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    January 19, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Mira! How much was this and what a great post! I haven’t had a professional manicure in over ten years, but this one sounds right up my alley ๐Ÿ™‚

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      January 20, 2018 at 8:51 pm

      It’s only about $5 more than regular manicure. It make your nails FEEL so smooth.

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    Sarah Bailey
    January 19, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    I have to admit I’ve not heard of a Japanese manicure before but I totally need to have one now! It sounds so good for your hands and nails.

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    January 19, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    It seems worth it considering yours lasts for about two weeks. I haven’t had a manicure since last year; I think it’s time I do.

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    Simply Mom Bailey
    September 17, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    I’m convinced. Now I need to go get one done. I haven’t had a manicure in ages. Since my first was born. My nails could use a little love.

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    August 2, 2017 at 9:44 am

    This is so cool! Where did you have it done?

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      August 2, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      It is great! I got it done in Northern Ontario.

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    August 2, 2017 at 3:06 am

    This post could not have come at a better time. My nails need salvation and this sound like it. I don’t know if I can get in Kenya though. I’ll look/ask around ๐Ÿ™‚

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      August 2, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      They have kits you can buy online. I’m actually looking at getting one for myself. It will not be as much fun, as going to have my nails done by a professional, but it will be cheaper and give me similar results.

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    August 1, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    I’ve never heard of Japanese Manicures but it sounds like a relaxing experience. Your nails look great ๐Ÿ™‚

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      August 1, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      It most certainly was a great experience ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll definitely be getting it again in the future.

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    July 31, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Never heard of it but it sou ds relaxing

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    July 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    My fingers and hands need this – I’m always typing, doing chores around the house and my fingernails haven’t had a manicure in so long. I can’t remember the last time I treated myself to this kind of pampering. This sounds like a “spa treatment” for fingernails and hands.

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      July 31, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      It totally is. You must try it sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚

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    July 31, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I have never heard of this before but I’m so excited. I need to find a salon near me that offers this service, can you share which salon you went to? I am always looking for natural beauty tips. Thanks!

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      July 31, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      I’m in Ontario, Canada. Most of the salons in North America offer a version of Japanese manicure an call it “bare manicure”.

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    July 31, 2017 at 11:53 am

    looks great, would love to go to Japan and get one

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      July 31, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      lol – a trip to Japan… huuuu… now you got me thinking…

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    Mad Mommy
    July 31, 2017 at 11:20 am

    I have never heard of this. I haven’t seen my own nails since 2009 and I’m almost afraid of what they would tell!

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      July 31, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      You and me, girl (lol)! I was scared to look at them, but they look and feel so great now!

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    July 30, 2017 at 7:40 am

    so cool about knowing japanese manicure.. love the way you explained

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