There are so many different ways and different places to go to improve one's appearance. All workout facilities aside, you could visit a salon, a spa, a barbershop, a beauty parlor/shop, a health resort, or an aesthetician's spa. If you have never been to any of the above and just cut your own hair at home with scissors and a bowl, then you may be at a loss when you first decide to visit a "place of beautification." Here are all of the previously mentioned locales, what each provides, and how to choose what works best for you.
Beauty salons are a place where ladies (and some men) go to have their hair perfectly coiffed, colored, and/or permed. You can also have your nails done, both manicure and pedicure, as well as facial hair groomed (if you are a guy; gals probably want any facial hair they have waxed!). Some additional services, such as waxing and sugaring to remove facial and body hair may also be offered by a salon.
A spa is a few steps above a salon. A spa provides massages for hands, legs, feet, neck, shoulders, back, and full-body massages. They also provide full hair removal services in private rooms, which includes back waxes, genital waxes, brow waxes, leg (full and half) waxes, and anywhere else you want to remove hair. You may receive seaweed wraps, mud facials or mud packs, skincare and skincare products, full makeup counter and makeup services, and all-around general pampering services. Sip tea or coffee and munch granola or trail mix if offered during your treatments.
The Beauty Parlor
Beauty parlors or shops focus mostly on women's beauty needs. Women's hair, makeup, nails, and related products are all part of the package in a beauty parlor/shop. It is the place to go to "get gussied up" and hear the local gossip. Some beauty parlors/shops cater to different ethnicities' needs, considering the difficulties of combing through tight black hair or needing relaxers or weaves to make one's hair look culturally acceptable.
Conversely, a barbershop has traditionally catered to men's hair needs. Beards, mustaches, and hair are all trimmed, shaved, sculpted, and groomed in a barbershop. Do not let this fool you, however; women can go to a barbershop too, but barbershops still tend to be mostly male clientele.
A resort, or health spa, is everything a salon and a spa offer, plus lots of extras those facilities do not offer. Mud baths, saunas, purification soaks, and body cleanses are just some of the extra services you can get at a resort. Most people going to a resort of this kind book a two- to seven-day stay.
The Aesthetician's Spa
Medical aestheticians open spas/clinics where medically non-invasive procedures for correcting physical flaws are provided. You want to erase your fine lines and freckles? How about jiggly body flab? Then you go here, and the aesthetician fixes that for a few grand.