Just as how most beauty salons have an area in their salon that they can offer a variety of massages to their clients, who want to have a massage along with either a facial, manicure or pedicure – spas also offer beauty and grooming treatments just the same as a beauty salon – they have either an area or a suites which is designated and devoted to nails, brows, make-up and hair.
Just like going to a beauty salon and feeling so relaxed and even enjoying the ambiance and engaging in great conversations at the beauty salons – with spas it’s different, because you have to keep quiet and just enjoyed it.
Some of the beauty and grooming treatments been offered at many spas which beauty salons also provide are:
Manicure – Nail Care
A manicure at a spa can clean, shape, strengthen and colour your nails, and soften the skin on your hands, just the same as a beauty salon. It also has the side-effect of relaxing you as there are pressure points on your hands that relate to other parts of your body. Sometimes your manicurist will use reflexology or other hand-massage techniques as part of your treatment. You can opt for a hot stone manicure, or get extra soft skin with intensive paraffin wax and heated mittens.
Pedicure – Foot Care
A traditional pedicure begins with a therapeutic foot spa to soak, clean and soften your feet, followed by an exfoliating rub. Your pedicurist will cut and shape your nails and then massage cream or aromatherapy oils into your feet. Many pedicurists will also massage your lower legs, or give you a reflexology-based foot massage to help you relax. Some pedicures include hot stones, others use mud, wraps and even algae. High quality polish will be applied at the end.
Both a manicure and pedicure you can also have gel-based polishes which last up to two weeks. The idea is that the gel bonds more securely than regular polish, which results in a longerlasting, shinier finish. Your therapist will apply a basecoat, colour and a top coat, and then cure your nails under a UV light. You also might hear gelac nails which is brand name with a slightly different technique.
Brows are now a regular staple on most spa menus, with some spas even having dedicated brow bars. A typical brow treatment will begin with an in-depth consultation, followed by tinting, waxing or threading, shaping and finishing.
– Eyebrow tint: This is a semi-permanent colour formed for use on the eyebrows. A patch test is required 24 hours before the treatment, so it’s best to find a local spa. Your treatment will begin with a consultation, during which your therapist will recommend the right shade for you. First she will rub petroleum jelly around your eyebrows to prevent the dye from staining the skin. Then she will comb the tint from inside to out, using a disposable applicator. The tint will be left for about 10-15 minutes and removed using a cotton wipe. Some dye may be left on the skin through the hairs, but this will disappear after a day or two.
– Waxing, threading or tweezing: Waxing is better if you have thicker brows as the regrowth takes longer. If you want a more ‘undone’, natural effect, tweezing and threading are better. The advantage of having tweezing done by a pro is that it’s easy to get trigger-happy and end up with crazy-thin brows if you try it at home (especially with a magnifying mirror). Threading is an ancient Indian hair removal technique using strands of cotton. It’s quicker than plucking as several hairs can be removed at once. All you have to do is lie down, eyes closed, and stretch the skin around your brows with your fingers as your therapist sets to work.
– Shaping and finishing: This involves a few snips with mini scissors and any extra tweezes to make sure your brows are perfect. At the end, your therapist may offer to apply a cooling gel containing aloe to soothe any red marks.
Many spas offer eyelash tints, which also require a patch test 24 hours before treatment. Some offer a range of lash extensions to create different effects, from natural to dramatic.
– Eyelash tint: This would involve your therapist to place a cotton pad below your eyes before applying the specialist dye. Remember to keep your eyes closed as the dye can sting!
– Lash extensions: There are three types of extensions: synthetic, silk, or mink, with sizes ranging from 6mm to 17mm. The lashes are applied using a semi-permanent glue (if sensitive, make sure you ask your therapist for a hypoallergenic one), and pads will be placed under your lashes to protect your eyes. Applying a full set takes around two hours, and you should steer clear of water or steam for at least 24 hours afterwards. The eyelashes fall out naturally, and it is recommended you go back for a 30 minute touch up every three (3) weeks.
Even thou, my hair is cut very low and I don’t have any need to go visit her hairdresser or hair stylist, but I can only speak for myself, because every two months I am at the barber shop having myself a good trim and mark up. There are those whom are like my sister and friends, that would visit her hairdresser almost every month (payday) to either change up their hair style or relax it and style it. Spas, now offers everything from a cut and colour to a special blow dry. There are also different masks and treatments available, from rich moisturisers to steaming.
Make over – Make up
I don’t wear any make up, because I have yet to find a natural and organic make up product that agrees with my skin tone and can bring out that healthy glow in me. If I ever find a make up that agrees with my skin tone and type, I would definitely purchase it and keep stocking up on the product. There are spas that offer facials, besides the facial scrubs and massages – they also do makeovers.
Spray Tan – Tanning
Yes, there can also be found tanning treatments at a spa that can leave your skin looking and feeling great, as well as being an enjoyable experience. Self-tanning creams, oils, sprays and lotions are a safer way to achieve an even tan than exposing yourself to the sun. Your therapist will tell you where to stand and when to turn around. Tan treatments will treat the skin first, exfoliating all over. An oil free moisturizer will be applied to more vulnerable areas, such as wrists, armpits, elbows and knees, then a tanning product will be evenly smoothed over your skin. A professional application means less likelihood of streaking. You will also get advice on how to look after your skin post-tan. Your therapist will allow you to wear your own bikini bottoms, underwear, the disposable knickers provided – or nothing at all.
There are other beauty treatments that are offered at various spas across the Caribbean, just like beauty salons, that I might not have mentioned here today. If you know of any other beauty treatments found in spas, that you knew of – please comment below.