In an ideal world, if you ever get the time and opportunity to treat yourself at a day spa it will be a soothing, rejuvenating and healing experience (see main pic, for inspiration).
Sadly, this is not always the case, and you may find yourself more stressed coming out of a “luxury” day spa than when you first went in.
Let’s take a look at some common day spa beauty therapist crimes against humanity and how to combat them.
The crime: Your beauty therapist talks too much
This is a tricky one that will require some UN-esque diplomacy on your part, for you don’t want to offend the very lass who’s in charge of your relaxation. Now, ideally you’d love nothing more than to hear your beauty therapist’s life story, but you’ve got limited time to unwind, so try to kerb it at the outset by saying something like: “You’re so lovely, but I’m so stressed I can barely speak, is it OK if you massage me/do my facial in some quiet? I just really need to switch off.” This should do the trick.
The crime: Hot wax burns on your delicate parts
This is a more serious beauty felony which will require some guts on your part, for I don’t think you should ever have to pay if any of your pink bits or otherwise are damaged during a beauty “treatment”. You went in to have your eyebrows reshaped or your lady garden prettied up – not to endure additional pain on top of the waxing discomfort. This has actually happened to me more than once, most recently when my lovely, but stressed-out regular eyebrow lady burnt my delicate eye area under my eyebrows because she was so busy talking about her infertility (see above beauty crime) that she forgot I had skin. I didn’t pay for that “service” and nor should you – even a credit note will suffice. Take extra care with your pink bits – choose a waxer wisely.
The crime: A pedicure turns into a nasty toe infection
There’s nothing relaxing about going in to have your footsies attended to, only to have a beauty therapist use dirty tools so that you quickly develop a toe infection soon after. Yep, this beauty offence happened to me once too, not long after I had my first baby. It was the last thing I needed – I just wanted pretty toes! – and instead I ended up at a GP crying like a banshee due to the pain. I think it pays to shop around for a good beauty therapist – I’d rather pay more for a pedi at a reputable salon than ever experience this agony by “shopping local” again. And it was only at my husband’s gentle urgings that I rang and told this beauty therapist (and I use the term loosely) off after the event. I’d already paid her, unfortunately, but I have loudly warned off everyone I know from using her services ever since.
The crime: Your masseuse likes to see people in pain
Have you ever had a massage that was so shockingly painful, it took your breath away? Did you wonder if your beauty therapist was a not-so-secret sadist? It pays to speak up loudly prior to your massage about any tender body parts and/or your expectations. If you’re going in for a relaxation massage, you don’t expect to be pummelled!? However, if it’s a remedial sports massage, then you can anticipate it will hurt, in a good kind of healing way. Again, shop around. And red card your masseuse the minute you experience any undue pain or discomfort.
What beauty crimes against humanity have you experienced?
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