When hubby returned from his first Hajj, we were mortified to see his feet. As the resident-Pedicurist, I pampered his feet back to their beauty and health. Yes, the five of us are all big-feet-people. I told my family the story of a Shaikh I once listened to. I told them how he held a halaqah for kids, explaining how he loved to rub his mother’s feet because of the hadith about how Heaven lies at the feet of their mothers…and ended, “when’s the last time to asked to rub your mother’s feet?”
The funny thing was when I told them this story, they’ve come accustomed to watching me rub hubby’s feet, then they learned to love rubbing his feet and theirs…and they replied…”But Mama…you never let us rub your feet!” And, it’s true, I have very sensitive feet–but they know I LOVE pedicures, and I LOVE taking care of my feet. Throughout the years, the girls have gotten really great at rubbing feet; so we’re self-taught pedicurists.
Anyways, back to Hajj…I was well-prepared for the fact that my feet would get quite the workout after Hajj–it’s not the miles of walking I was concerned about, it was because we go without shoes in Masjid-al-Haram for Tawaf & Saey. The sisters and I kept our wudu as much as possible with limited pairs of socks and would wipe over them to extend its usage–for practical and sanitary reasons.
When I returned to my girls in Egypt, my plan was to take my aunt and the three girls to get our pedicures together and pamper my feet; post-revolution it wasn’t readily available. In Gaza, the girls and I vowed to do it ourselves–if you see what they do to their faces with makeup & hair at salons (tacky is a nice word that comes to mind) and add that they clearly don’t have the understanding of good hygiene for finger and toenail care–we vowed to enjoy them after Umrah.
Cutting the nails is 1 of the 5 things that is fitrah…keeping us at our natural state, hygienic, cleansed, etc.
Well, we got our haircuts in Saudi and were BEYOND scared….mortified actually at what we saw occurring in front of our eyes–that we left the salon happy that we just got “boring normal” haircuts…aching for our return to the States.
So, after long months, Hajj, and three Umrahs, we finally made it to my girls’ debut of a Mani-Pedi.
Mani-Pedi Tips for Muslims
- Make wudu before the Mani-Pedi, so you can actually get your nails polished–at least for a few hours enjoyment and beauty. I rarely polish my nails–I remember that last pedicure I was on break, so I did 4-years ago. My girls used to paint nails with their aunt and late grandmother before they prayed regularly (we’re talking toddlers); however they like it. So, they occasionally paint 1-2 times a year like for Eid, but take it off once they need to make wudu. We are very strict, some say, you just cannot have it interfere with water washing their skin–so they only now, after their first professional manicure, are figuring out ways or designs to paint in the middle of their nails.
- Visit the nail salon before going to view their setup for hygienic reasons, comfort, and most of all–no males; open windows for passerby’s, etc. At the very least, get personal referrals. Even if you find a “sale sign” coupon, make sure you do NOT miss this step. Remember, you want to be pampered in a relaxing spa-like fashion–I’ve stepped into places that are SO dirty, or just stink of toxic-waste that obviously they’re putting on people’s bodies–yes, I consider my nails part of my body! And, I’m highly sensitive to bad-smells–if I can pass-out to bad B.O. (body odor) during Taraweeh, anything unnatural really takes me for a spin.
- Schedule your appointments & ask for specials. I’ve never did the drop-in; because I have to assure no men, no passerby’s, and make sure they know my feet or calves cannot be exposed to anyone unnecessarily–men OR women! I was scheduling for 4 people, so it’s the only polite and time-efficient way to do business. Also, you can ask for the least busy time of the day or week, for optimal relaxing, quiet, peaceful, non-rushed atmosphere.
- Ask for as many all-natural products as possible. While it’s only going on our nails, we try to find the most halal products possible. I haven’t found a halal manicurist yet–but, halal cosmetics are slowing entering the market–so polishes are bound to come up.
- Watch out for the razor. This is not just for Muslims, but I found out that in some states using the razor on the heels of our feet is actually an illegal practice for manicurists these days! Stick with pumice stones and other tools. Almost everyone I know who gets regular pedicures agree with me–once, I was basically tip-toeing out of the salon because my heels were so raw.
OPI Original Nail Envy
Due to the lack of milk drinking for nearly six months in the Middle East, all our nails became desperately brittle and weak. We informed our manicurist, I asked for “all-natural,” and for the first time ever, someone had something OPI Nail Envy – Natural Nail Strengther.
I was SO surprised by its near-immediate results. You’re to make two coats, every other day, and by the end of the week, you take it off. Conservative as I am, I did it only during break. By the end of the week, all my nails were 100% healthy and strong–my trouble nails were ~98% restored with tiny little bumps.
I did not take any vitamins; but as I ached for missing my beloved milk–I am drinking more.
I have to share that I’ve had dozens of manicures before–but by adhering to the above tips, my girls and I had the best experience ever! By far, this was the best all-around Mani-Pedi I have ever had–and I’ve spent some big-money on major spas before. The only problem is–we had SO much fun being pampered that I got my little ladies hooked.
Alhumdulillah, I knew our feet needed pampering for we definitely pushed our girls to walk A LOT more than we saw other kids did in their Hajj. No wheelchairs or strollers for our tweens! So, the time and money invested was a huge savings if I were to do everyone’s mani-pedis myself, and who would’ve done mine?
I’m sure you have some Mani-Pedi Tips to share. Please add them in the comments below. If you’ve never gotten one before, what’s holding you back? Every little princess and Head-Queen needs pampering! NOT just after Hajj & Umrah…but, on occassions as well.
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