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New Hair / Spa Day
I finally have the new hair I've been wanting since May. Last month I had it trimmed but not colored, because I was tired of its length. On Friday, I finally got a "partial highlight". With two colors -- red and blond! The red only sort-of shows up...I think it depends on the lighting how noticeable it is. The blond is very noticeable though. I love the stripey effect! Here's a self-portrait.

(Yes, I'm a little sun-burned. I have trouble remembering sunscreen....)

When I decided not to travel for my vacation, I decided another thing. I was going to treat myself to a Day At The Spa, using the money I would have otherwise spent on traveling. Doing some online searching, I found a nice-sounding spa nearby and browsed through the multitude of services they offer.

I have never been to a spa before. I've had a few manicures, and once I was gifted with a professional massage at a hair-and-nails place (it was pleasant, but nothing especially impressive). I decided that since I was giving myself this day of pampering in lieu of a trip, I should go all-out. I tried all kinds of crazy treatments that I'd heard of but never experienced.

I thought it would be good for me to be professionally relaxed, after all my body has been through, what with sports, surgery, crutches, limping, physio, etc. Not to mention that I thought it would be an excellent conclusion to my mental getaway. Maybe I could put aside some of the stuff that has been plaguing my mind recently. A day of relaxation and pampering sounded lovely.

So I tried the following treatments:
  • an emerald ocean bath (This involves sitting in a huge seawater hot-tub while a 20 minute program of different jets pummel you. Also, someone gives you a scalp massage and cool compresses. Quite nice.),
  • an ocean luster body scrub (This one was a little weirder: you lie on a table and somebody exfoliates your body, then squirts you with the weirdest hand-shower-like-thing I've ever seen. Felt good, but was just strange and awkward.),
  • a swedish massage (This was definitely my favorite part. I've gotten some really lovely massages from friends before, but this was much more thorough and elaborate. It was done on a fancy massage table, with soft music and candles, and a few different scented lotions, for 50 minutes. Front and back, and when I was face-up she put a soothing pack over my eyes. Very relaxing, and very nice-feeling. I found myself half-dozing off, which is highly unusual for me! I was definitely in another space, and I liked it a lot.),
  • a facial (This was nice too, including a relaxing face and hand massage along with skin treatment. I like the way my face felt afterward -- but I think it should resulted in a more permanent change. Only 2 days have passed, and my face feels almost like it always has again.)

The strangest part was spending the majority of my day mostly-naked in the company of strangers (all women, incidentally). Now I realize that is nothing unusual for some people! ...but for me it felt odd. When I got there, I changed into nothing but a robe and sandals. For each treatment, the person would step outside and I would hang my robe on the door and crawl under a towel/sheet/whatever, trying to arrange myself modestly.

After I finished with all the spa treatments, I put on normal clothes again, then I went to their salon and had my hair highlighted (see above photo). I'm pleased with how it came out, though next time I might ask if she can do a lighter shade of red.

It was a neat day, and an interesting experience! I'm glad I tried it, and it was a very different sort of present to give myself. I'm not sure I'll do so much in one day again though. I felt kind of silly at a few points -- a little over-pampered and embarrassed. Still, like I say, it was a cool experience. I can definitely see myself going there again the next time I want hair highlights, and I wouldn't mind getting myself another one of those massages at the same time!
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_goodintentions From: _goodintentions Date: July 11th, 2004 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loveee your hair.
Ahhh I've always wanted to go to a spa. Unfortunetly, I'm either too young/my mom won't let me.

... maybe someday
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 11th, 2004 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I'm pleased with it.

The spa was cool, but it definitely wasn't cheap!
_goodintentions From: _goodintentions Date: August 6th, 2004 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yah I know =-( I was going to go to a spa in Aruba but it costs a lot. Right now I would like to go to a spa and get a foot massage. Synchro camp was hard work.
jenifoto From: jenifoto Date: July 11th, 2004 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your hair looks cute! I've been thinking about doing a spa day and just haven't found the right place/day yet...after reading your post now I *really* want a massage!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 11th, 2004 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! The one I went to is in Plymouth, and I thought it was very nice. ...although I don't have anything to compare it to!
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: July 11th, 2004 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are a brave woman. I've always liked the idea of a massage but could never sit still enough to enjoy one. Maybe if they had a TV on front of me.

Your hair looks great!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 11th, 2004 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Really? I'm antsy in general, but when my muscles encounter a good massage, they just start melting and enjoying it!

Actually it's funny, I brought a book along because I was worried I'd get bored. I never touched it though.

Thank ya!
From: davidp5382 Date: July 11th, 2004 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your hair looks terrific!

I had a professional massage while on vacation two years ago next October and I wasn't terribly impressed either. I'm glad you enjoyed your 'self-indulgence' day!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 11th, 2004 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess it depends on where/who you go to. The first one was unremarkable, but this one was great!
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: July 11th, 2004 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
No pedicure? I've signed up for a couple of massages from a woman I know as part of her training, first one is the end of the month.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 11th, 2004 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, I've never had a pedicure.... the idea of somebody messing with my feet bothers me. I love foot rubs, but I worry that for a pedicure they'd try to change my feet, sand off my calluses and stuff. I need those!
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: July 12th, 2004 10:35 am (UTC) (Link)
you can tell them to leave 'em... i always have issues with pedicures because of my uber dry skin and the tendency of my heels to crack if they're scuffed/scraped too much. the foot massage, nice toenail stuff, etc are totally worth it though.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 12th, 2004 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
hm, maybe that is worth trying after all. I guess I just get paranoid... but I do love toenail polish, and I do love footrubs!
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: July 11th, 2004 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like the hair!

The spa sounds nice! Everyone I know who has been to one has enjoyed it. The nudity part is kinda weird, but nothing actually unusual. It is what the people working there are used to. If I was working there, then yeah- you should have been concerned ;)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 11th, 2004 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
haha! Glad you like the hair, but you're right: it's probably just as well you don't work there!
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: July 11th, 2004 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
massage is wonderful wonderful wonderful (: i got a gift certificate for one for my b-day last year and i used it this past spring. so worth it. i keep saying i'm going to go back but i haven't yet. i should put that on my immediate "to do" list.

i like the highlights (: i need to redo mine soon (:
kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: July 11th, 2004 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like.
bob_the_mighty From: bob_the_mighty Date: July 12th, 2004 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Looking good with the highlights!

When's the next photoshoot scheduled for?

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renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 12th, 2004 09:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Any day now, I'm sure.... I'm just doing this waiting tables gig until my Big Break!
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: July 13th, 2004 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, there's still a certificate floating out there somewhere...

renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 13th, 2004 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
oooooh....you're right!! hmm. (:
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