Happy Friday friends! Today I wanted to give you a brief rundown of where I go for beauty services. Some of these salons are national chains so if you don’t live in my area you can look for a franchise where you live. I’ve definitely had some terrible salon experiences in the past and it makes finding a place that you love that much more special. The top things I look for at a salon are cleanliness, friendly staff, and use of higher end products. In my opinion the phrase “you get what you pay for” could not ring truer when talking about beauty services. I’ve learned I would rather space out my services longer and go to nicer places than have subpar experiences on a more frequent basis.
I’ve been going to Randolph’s salon in Rochester for the last 3, maybe 4 years for my hair services. My stylist there is Jillian and she was initially recommended to me because of her Redken certifications as a blonde specialist. I’m super picky about the color of my highlights, I don’t like brass but I also don’t like super cool blonde either. Jillian has always done a great job listening to my requests and offering suggestions. I don’t do anything super crazy or high maintenance with my haircuts but she always does a nice job and takes her time. The salon is super clean, open and airy. Side note, I’ve also taken my daughters there for formal hairstyles when they were flower girls and the prices were pretty reasonable.
Of all the services you can get, manicures and facials are the ones with the higher risk of infection and for that reason I’ve been very picky about where I go. For the last year I have been going to PAINT in Downtown Rochester for my manicures. One of the things I love about PAINT is it’s a no drill, no fume salon. You won’t walk in and be greeted by a cloud of someone’s nail shavings- seriously so gross!! You also won’t leave with a headache from product fumes. Their polish is water-based, 5-free, vegan and cruelty free. As popular as dip manicures are, there is no way to keep that a sanitary service if you are dipping into a color someone else has used so they do not offer that style of manicure. When you receive a pedicure there the bowls are non jetted. While a jetted tub might feel relaxing, those jets are difficult to properly clean and harbor lots of bacteria. As someone who has personally had to deal with post-service infections and their serious nature I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this salon. I do my own nails quite often but if I’m going to treat myself this salon is my only choice these days. This was the salon I went to when I had my gel manicure that lasted a month (Rachel is my nail tech)! They know what they are doing and most importantly they don’t rush you out the door. They do recommend an appointment for that reason, although they do take walk ins. If you aren’t local, PAINT is franchised and you may be able to find a location near you. You can search for one here: https://paintnailbar.com/
FACIALS AND MASSAGES
I’m going to be honest, I don’t treat myself nearly enough to these types of little luxuries. Most of the time if I get a massage it’s while we are on vacation. One of the best spa massages I ever had was at the Aulani Disney resort in Hawaii. They had a whole therapy pool session that was complimentary and I really could have stayed there all day. As for facials, the last two I had were done at a Woodhouse Spa location which is a national franchise. I had an illuminating facial at their Nashville location and at my home spa in Rochester Hills. These facials are super relaxing and I really enjoy that the aesthetician describes what she is doing in each step of the treatment. When it comes to facials the biggest choice you have is whether to go to a dermatology associated office or a more spa like setting. I have had both and I will say Woodhouse gives an excellent medical grade facial without the sterile office setting feel. I think you get the best of both worlds! You can search for a Woodhouse location near you here: https://www.woodhousespas.com/
Thank you for reading, I’d love to hear what makes the salons you go to your favorites as well!