The English word manicure comes from the French word manucure meaning care of the hands, which originates from the Latin word manus for hand and cura for care.

Similarly, the English word for pedicure comes from the Latin word pedis for feet and cura for care.

During a mani/pedi, nail technicians will clip, clean and buff your nails. They may also offer exfoliation, nail conditioning, cuticle treatment, and a massage over and above the trim which instantly enhances your appearance.

Nail technicians, often considered artists, are trained to add and cut extensions, polish or paint clients’ nails. The options are endless, and the reasons to get a regular mani/pedi are plenty.

But what are the health benefits to getting your nails done?

  • A regular mani/pedi can prevent infections as well as boost nail health. If you don’t moisturize your skin on a regular basis, the dry skin on your feet is more prone to infection due to cracks that may form.
  • Additionally, the clipping, cleaning and cutting of your nails that take place during a mani/pedi will prevent your nails from growing inwards and causing an infection.
  • Healthy finger/toenails promotes healthy blood circulation. Increased blood circulation can prevent things like pain, arthritis, and varicose veins.
  • It may reduce back pain: exfoliate and deep clean your feet to prevent calluses and help eliminate any pain you may have. Your shoes fit better, you walk better, and your posture improves.



After a manicure or pedicure – the beauty treatment that cleans, trims, shapes and polishes the nails – one can choose some nail art options. Nail art is a creative way to paint, decorate, enhance and embellish nails. Why should you get nail art?

  • Coloured nails can match your outfit, lifestyle and personality. It is an accessory that adds a bit of pizzazz that jewelry and make-up cannot compete with. Some people may feel that having a manicure pulls a look together, and we are never fully dressed without a good manicure!
  • Nail art is wearing designer labels in a less expensive way.
  • Your nails speak your style without you having to say a word.




RDBIDventures gave me the opportunity to spend the afternoon with owner Maya and her team at Nails by Kelly. Their warm and welcoming nail studio is located at 1868 Scarth Street.


And besides finding out that beauty does come from the inside of the salon, this is what else I discovered:

How long does a manicure take?

30 minutes to an hour.

A pedicure?

45 minutes to an hour (with a professional foot massage included).

What should people wear for a pedicure?

Shorts or skirts, and in the winter, leggings.

How often should one get a mani/pedi?

Every four to six weeks.

What are the types of manicures you do?

Basic, Spa Mani, French manicure, Reverse French, Paraffin, American, Gel and Acrylic.

What nail shapes do you do?

Natural, oval, rounded, scuoval, trapeze, almond, ballerina, square, stiletto and mountain peak.

What special touches do you do?

Fake jewels, nail stickers, multiple colours, extra bling, powder flowers, mirrored nails, and neon colours too, which are popular in the summer.

What colours do you do?

Come in and see their palette. So many colours; not enough fingers!

Do you offer any special events?

Nails by Kelly also offers a Mani Pedi Birthday Celebration for small groups and by appointment.

What are your hours?

Monday: 12:00 a.m -6:00 p.m

Tuesday/Wednesday: 9:30 a.m  – 6:00 p.m

Thursday – 9:30 a.m -7:00 p.m

Friday: 12:00 a.m -7:00 p.m

Saturday – 9:30 a.m – 6:00 p.m

Sunday is by appointment only.

What are your busy times? 

Wednesday to Friday at lunch time and Saturdays. Summer is busier than winter.

What are your prices?

Adults start at $25.00 and will vary for mani and pedi depending on the service, designs and colours that clients would like. Children start at $15.00.

What are your payment options?

Cash, debit, credit cards (No Mastercard)

Do you have gift certificates available?


How do people contact you?

Call: 306-546-2457

Text Maya 306-999-0037

Book online here

Facebook: Nails by Kelly

Instagram: @nails_by_kelly_downtown



Here are my before and after shots from my experience with Maya, Tina and Christina.


Here are some other designs they have done:

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