I've made it a point in 2012 to focus on myself. I'd like to come into 2013 with a firm grasp on who I am and where I'm going. I don't think this is an unreasonable task. Daunting maybe but, necessary to evaluate my life and career in the coming years.
I haven't always been good at pushing small stuff aside, reducing drama, letting go of the past --the list goes on.
In 2013, I plan to have a grip on all of that and more.
Part of this, focusing on myself effort, means taking better care of myself. Eating better (I swear there isn't a bowl of Reese's Eggs on my desk right now) and working out more (I am training for a 10K among other Summer runs even if I do run slower than a Turtle). But, also- taking time for myself to do the things that make me feel better that I actually like to do (working out and eating lettuce don't apply).
Nothing makes me feel better than a haircut, massage, facial or a fresh mani/pedi. I've made it my goal to groom my hair and body once monthly ( I promise I shower daily though! ) This 'grooming' includes an hour massage, facial and cut/glaze on my hair. The mani/pedi frequency changes depending on how rough my claws look from week to week.
I know what you're thinking. It's expensive.
I would by lying if I said it wasn't but, if you aren't uber-picky about your salons there are plenty of money saving options available.
My favorite, and usual salon, is Gavin Scott. I can't rave enough about this salon. The people and services are great! I've done everything here from head to toe and it has all been exceptional. If you are ever in the Akron area and need a quick beauty-fix --they are the place to go.
But, due to my tall order of a monthly beauty routine, I have been open to visiting other salons for my body treatments (no one but Gavin touches this mane!) Via Groupon, I've been able to keep my routine, and my wallet, in-check.
Here is a run down of a few of the salons I have visited along the way:
Lynette Sciulli Day Spa- I wouldn't exactly refer to this as a "Day Spa". The space is extremely small and there are only two seats in the waiting area which are basically on top of the mani table. This posed as a problem for me, and the friends that came for our spa treatments. However, the massage and facial services were stellar. The salon uses Glo Therapeutics, a very reputable brand, for their body treatments. The manicures on the other hand, were sub par. I found myself twitching from the pain of a rough file job. Ouch! I would recommend this salon if you're in the need of a quick massage or facial however, I would not recommend for a hair/nail job. All in all, 5 out of 10.
Solaire- I was presently surprised by this salon in Hudson. What looks like a smaller venue, turns out to be an entire salon/spa complete with Bed and Breakfast! From the street, you miss the total size of the building--it's huge! Solaire owns most of the space where they run their Salon, Spa, Bed and Breakfast AND restaurant. Pros: amazing decor, great massage and a pretty good facial. Cons: in order to get down to the first floor of the salon (where the nails and hair are done) from the spa area, you must walk through the restaurant. This was fine on my way in when the restaurant was closed but, not so fun when you walk through prime lunch hour greasy, with lines on your face from the massage table. All in all, great service and a beautiful venue. I would absolutely recommend. 8 out of 10.
Vision Hair Design- This salon is actually a product of a salon called Texture. Texture was bought, disagreements ensued, and Vision was created when most of the stylists went on their own. A smaller venue, the salon offers great services but, in my opinion, the prices are a little steep. Pros: Kelly is my old hair stylist and she will do amazing things to your locks Cons: there is no Spa- mani/pedi/waxes only! All in all, 7 out of 10.
I plan on continuing my beauty efforts all the way in to 2013!
What are you doing to treat yourself this year?
Rocking the awesome robe from Solaire in their beautiful locker room. After massage, prior to peel.