As I came back from a full day of treatments on Saturday, I declared myself exhausted, much to the amusement from my shower-shave-and-go husband. I’d been to one part of town for my bi-monthly colour treatment and trim, another for my waxing and threading and yet another for my weekly mani and pedi. Leave aside the issue of taxi queues and fares, a day of beauty sessions is littered with potential disasters – all which can derail from the ultimate goal of relaxation. So, from tipping guidelines, botched manis to not quite so perfect dye jobs, I give you the ultimate guide to enjoying your day of perfect ‘me’ time.
Preparation is everything
Did you know that not washing your hair for a couple of days before your next set of highlights will help the foils stay put? If you didn’t, this could really cut down on your next time in the salon chair. When it comes to waxing and threading, think of panadol as your new best friend as they not only help with the ouchy part, they will also help reduce any redness or swelling.
Keep in touch
Didn’t get a confirmation call from the spa? Maybe give them a call to double-check the time. You might have missed their calls, leading them to think you’ve cancelled. Running late? As you would tell a friend, it’s only nice to tell the salon too.
Clarity is Key
While you might know what you want, being able to explain it is another matter all together (I once asked for honey highlights and came out as grey as a grandmother, to give you an example). Take a picture, keep a reference. When it comes to mani/pedi’s, one good rule of thumb when trying a new colour is to ask the girl to paint one nail first to give you an idea – not paying attention and then asking for them to be re-painted at the end is your quickest way to ensuring you never get an appointment there again.
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Don’t be afraid
Heard of a new wax everyone is getting? Want to try a style but not sure if it will suit you? Massage not strong enough? Just say! We can assure you most therapists have seen and heard it all. Now for the tough one – want to try a different stylist or therapist but stay at the same outlet? Well, while there is no totally pain-free way of doing the switch, you can make life easier on yourself by explaining your motives in person. Obviously reasons like ‘Debra looks like a way better cutter’ or ‘Your voice annoys me’ aren’t going to smooth things over but the likes of ‘I think maybe Cher focuses more on short hair’ or ‘It’s just time for a change’ will at least get you a friendly smile across the salon.
Tip up, don’t trip up
While things like service charge and GST do admittedly bump up the price, never underestimate the power of the tip. Not just an added extra thank you for a good treatment, regular tipping can also make the difference of someone staying late to fit you in or trying that bit harder. A tip anywhere between 5-10% of the cost of the service is far and away enough.