Spoiling yourself after a week’s worth of work stress is a must. With the fast-paced lifestyle the world is running in, every person needs to take a step back to rest and give him or her some pampering. For very busy people, getting out of town can be a hassle and indulging in leisure activities will restrain them in the Metro. But fear not as Manila is a place beaming with beauty and grooming services one will ever need (or want)! For a list of recommended places to visit, read on below.
For haircuts and grooming services: Basement Salon, Shangri-La
Address: GD 106 Carpark Bldg., Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City
Founded by Munich stylist Manfred Spiering and Berlin-born Stefan Wilczynski, the Basement Salon has become one of the premiere salons in the country. Their hairstylists are trained to perfect cutting-edge hairstyles and they’re always at the forefront of innovative technological advances in the hair industry. While the prices in this salon are quite steep compared to other salons (haircuts start at Php 800), the service they render is what makes the visit worthwhile. They also offer extensive hair services such as color treatments, hair restructuring and pampering services and scalp treatments. If you are interested to try the latest innovation in hair at the moment, the Basement Salon is the best place to do it in. An added bonus would be the free drinks they offer when you get a service. Try their homemade iced tea – it’s simply delicious!
For quick fixes: Blo Blow Dry Bar
Address: Basement 1 Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Drive Cor., Estrella St., Makati City
Got an event but don’t have time to get all dolled-up because of your tight work sched? Blo Blow Dry Bar is the place to head to (pun intended, of course). The salon doesn’t do cuts or color treatments. Rather, it focuses on blow-drying your hair the way you want it to. They also offer makeup services so if you’ve got a party, the ladies at Blo Blow Dry Bar can fix you up quickly.
For the ultimate relaxation: The Spa Wellness
Address: B8 9th Avenue Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global, Taguig City
If you’re looking for a relaxing haven, The Spa Wellness is one of the best places to go to. While they specialize in massages, The Spa Wellness also has facial treatments, body and foot services that will cater to your pampering needs. Not only are the services top-notch but also the amenities of this spa are nothing short of amazing. Clients get to choose the type of room they would like to use for the duration of the services they will be getting. From a deluxe room and executive room to a full premiere suite or villa, customers get to pick the place they would feel most comfortable in. For men who are always on the go, try the Gentleman’s Package, which consists of a classic massage and facial. For hardworking women, go the extra mile with Total Indulgence. The package includes a signature body care, a relaxing facial and restorative foot massage.
For the nail salon fanatic: Tips n’ Toes
Address: 5th Floor Building A, SM Megamall, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
For nail care, Tips n’ Toes is a fantastic place to get your nails done. Each Tips n’ Toe store’s interior design is serene, peaceful and relaxing. The menu of services in this treatment center is simple but necessary to nail care enthusiasts. If you are looking for a place that guarantees excellent manicures and pedicures, relaxing hand and foot spas and the best service, Tips n’ Toes is the place for you.
For medical-aesthetic concerns: Belo Medical Group
Address: Lower Ground Flr., 28th St., Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig City
The premiere medical-aesthetic clinic in the Philippines, Belo Medical Group offers only the best in dermatology. With its vast celebrity clientele, a trip to a Belo Medical clinic promises real effective results. From hair removals, brow enhancements and acne management to non-surgical slimming services and cosmetic surgery, owner and founder Dr. Vicky Belo is at the head of the game.
For waxing needs: Strip Ministry of Waxing
Address: 4F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City
A waxing station that first started in Singapore, Strip Ministry of Waxing knows how to do hair removal the fastest, most painful way possible. The shop is creatively and intricately designed in such a way that clients are urged to feel more at home and less in a treatment center. The ladies of Strip are also very accommodating, ready to answer your queries about anything hair removal. While it is most known as a waxing station, Strip is also famous for the IPL treatments.