“So you’re new to town, and you’re wondering where to go for some soothing relaxation and beauty treatment. You’re looking for a day spa, but not just any day spa, you’re looking for quality. There are a 5 tips you should keep in mind whilst on your search.” – Botanica Day Spa, Owner/Aesthetician, Gen Obolensky
Gen shares her 5 tips on how to choose a spa that is right for you:
1. Don’t choose a salon or spa based on price. Many people have a misconception when it comes to prices at spas. Don’t choose a spa just because it’s cheap, you’re most likely not going to get the customer service or quality of service you are expecting. Then again, don’t choose a spa just because it’s expensive. You may have your expectations very high for a place like that, and you may be getting overcharged. You’re looking for a place where you are getting quality service, customer satisfaction, while paying a reasonable price in exchange for what you are getting. Choosing a spa for yourself shouldn’t depend solely on what you would be paying.
2. Look, don’t just listen. There is nothing wrong with asking around about a good spa or checking for online reviews, but remember to look for yourself as well. Somebody may tell you that they recently got a brow wax at a local spa, and that they loved it or they hated it. Make sure you actually look at their brows to see how the spa did. You might hear that a certain place is awful and to avoid, but ask yourself if this person’s critique is truly a well-rounded review. In other words, try not to make a decision based solely on what you hear. One of the best advertisements for a spa is the actual product created; the quality of the brow wax, manicure, pedicure, etc., will show for itself.
3. Look for good customer service. Customer service is a huge element of your spa experience. Let’s say you go to two different places for a pedicure. Both of the spas give the same great pedicure, but at one of the spas the technician is interested in making sure you are comfortable, is interested in talking to you and is generally kind and considerate towards you. You are going to enjoy yourself much more at a spa like that. People who have had a great spa experience will often rave about it. Keep your ears out for these kinds of reviews on your search!
4. Make sure they offer the kind of services you want. Visit the spa’s website or call in and speak to someone directly (also a great way to gauge the spa’s friendliness and customer service) to check out what services they have to offer. Spas usually have a “menu” listing their services and prices. Some smaller day spas may not have a service that you’re interested in, so you may want to check and see if they have what you’re looking for. A full-service day spa or med spa is more likely to offer facial treatments, body wraps, sauna, laser, botox and therapeutic massages but the cost may be higher.
5. Make sure it’s clean. One of the main things you want to be sure about regarding choosing a day spa is cleanliness! This is very important. Spas often have many clients back to back, one right after the other. If the sheets are not changed after every client massage/facial or if the tools are not cleaned after every pedicure/manicure, germs and bacteria can spread rather easily. A good spa is a clean spa.
Leanne & Kim