You might think your local salon is the same as that elegant, new beauty salon and spa that just opened down the street-it is easy to confuse the two-but you would be greatly mistaken and could miss out on a very satisfying experience. Though similar in many ways, a salon and spa has additional benefits that you’ll soon appreciate. If you’ve never contemplated visiting one before, now may be the time to make your first appointment. Whether you’re visiting a new place on vacation or you’re planning to take a “staycation” this year, you shouldn’t discount the new skin boutique located on that downtown street corner.
While both a traditional hair studio and a beauty salon and spa have similar services, the latter offers access to additional services that should pique your interest. A conventional hair studio’s primary services include haircuts and trims, hair coloring, and hairstyles for special occasions (i.e. weddings, photo shoots, etc). But the differences don’t end there. Unfortunately, a traditional studio just doesn’t have the aesthetic appeal.
Traditional hairstyle locations are usually large, open spaces with client chairs located along the wall in a “u” shape. Most-if not all-of the hairdressers are actually solo business owners who rent the chairs on a monthly basis from the building owner who may or may not also be a hairstylist. Though not a bad idea in theory, these locations can sometimes feel stifling, old-fashioned, and inattentive. On the other hand, if you’re accustomed to visiting your local hairstylist every Saturday, a beauty salon and spa could be a very eye-opening experience.
The beauty salon and spa offers all of the above hair services in addition to an array of skin enhancement amenities. Some of these additional amenities include tanning (traditional bed tanning as well as spray tanning), nail care and coloring, pedicures, total body massages, and even makeup application. You might have a great hairstyle when you leave a regular salon but you’ll be a completely new person after you get your hair styled, nails painted, and a total body massage when you walk out of the new and improved spa!
As more people seek better and unique ways of enhancing their looks, some salon and spas offer more in-depth cosmetic procedures. These enhanced services include Botox injections, laser hair removal, body wraps, acupuncture, mud masks and even chemical peels.
As the demand increases for skin and body enhancement services, you’ll most likely see your local beauty salon and spa begin adding more staff to accommodate the increasing pressure to innovate and compete with new startups and franchises. While you may not find all of the services mentioned above at your local salon (especially if you live in a rural area), you may start seeing service providers offering package deals with other, local personal service providers.
Hopefully, the differences between a traditional hairstylist and the more modern salon and spa as mentioned beforehand will be enough to convince you to give one a try. It’s more than a hairstyle. It’s a lifestyle.