7 Pieces of Etiquette for Ladies Who Love the Spa ...


7 Pieces of Etiquette for Ladies Who Love the Spa ...
7 Pieces of Etiquette for Ladies Who Love the Spa ...

Who doesn’t love spending their day at the spa getting pampered with a facial, a pedicure and a massage? It sounds like the perfect day to me! However, there are some little bits of etiquette that you might not know about. By adding them to your spa day routine, you’ll be everyone’s favorite client and may even get some special treatment now and then. Experts say these are good rules of thumb anytime you’re at the spa for any kind of treatment.

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Tips Should Be at Least 20 Percent

Many spa workers survive on their tips because their hourly pay isn’t that high. When you get a spa treatment, it’s customary to leave 20 percent of what the treatment cost. So if you get a $100 massage, you should leave a $20 tip. However, you can leave more if you were really impressed. If there was a problem, speak with the spa manager and don’t feel like you have to shell out for service that was subpar.


You Need to Remove Your Clothes

Not for a pedicure or manicure, of course, but if you’re having a massage or facial, your clothes will get in the way. Most massage therapists request total nudity so they can effectively work your entire body without fabric getting in the way. For a facial, stripping to the waist makes the tech’s job easier. You will be covered with towels so don’t worry that you’ll be baring all during the treatment.


Stick to One Cocktail and a Small Meal

If you’ve had too much to drink you may be more sensitive and that can get in the way of fully relaxing during a massage. At the same time, a heavy meal will make you uncomfortable, especially while lying on your belly. Stick to one cocktail and choose a light meal before you check in at the spa.


Forget about Shaving Right before You Go in

Most spa techs will tell you that they don’t notice a bit of extra hair here and there so you don’t need to shave minutes before you check in. Shaving too close to your treatments could backfire on you since the oils and creams can sometimes sting freshly shaved areas on your body. Shave the night before or a couple of days before and you should be just fine.


When heading to the spa, it is important to keep in mind that there are certain etiquette rules that should be followed to ensure that you and the other guests have a pleasant experience.

First, arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment to allow yourself time to check in and change. This also gives you time to relax and get into the spa mindset.

Second, turn off your cell phone upon entering the spa and keep the noise level down. This is a place of peace and serenity and any loud noises can disrupt the atmosphere.

Third, when you are being serviced, keep your modesty in mind. Wear a robe or cover up while in the spa, and if you need to disrobe, do so in a respectful manner.

Fourth, forget about shaving right before you go in. Most spa techs won't notice a bit of extra hair, and shaving too close to treatments could cause the oils and creams to sting freshly shaved areas.

Fifth, don't be afraid to voice any concerns or questions you may have. The spa staff is there to make sure you have the best experience possible and will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.


Wear Your Hair up at the Spa

Hair that is down and flowing might look pretty but it will get in the way during a massage or a facial. It’s better to wear a bun or top knot to keep your strands in place so they don’t interfere with your relaxation. At the same time, you might gross out other patrons if you’re sitting in the sauna or hot tub leaving behind long hairs. Tied up and out of the way is definitely your only option here.


Furthermore, consider the products you have in your hair. If you've applied heavy oils or styling products, they can potentially stain spa linens or leave residues on furniture and equipment—a definite no-no. Choosing a simple and clean hairstyle not only shows consideration for those maintaining the spa but also ensures your comfort during your pampering session. Remember, the simpler the better; let the spa's tranquil atmosphere take center stage.

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Show up on Time

Chances are that your technician has back to back appointments on most days, especially the weekends. When you show up late, you throw off her schedule and might be stuck with a shorter version of your treatments. If you show up too late, you could be asked to cancel and pay a fee. Make sure you arrive a few minutes early for everyone’s benefit.


Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for What You Want

Your nail tech or massage therapist wants you to be happy because that means you’ll tip well and want to come back. It’s not rude to ask for different music during a rubdown or a lighter touch during a facial. Ask so that you are both happy when the spa day is over.

How often do you go to the spa? What other etiquette tips can you add?

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Having worked as tipped employees ourselves, my husband and I ALWAYS tip 25% for standard service. We have tipped less, but only for sub-par service. If I go to someone regularly (for hair or nails) and they do a fabiulous job, they deserve the 25% tip. The company pockets the majority of the other fees I’m paying. Now that I can afford it, I tip well.

20 percent tip? Really? Would any readers like to confirm that this is right?

I usually keep the tips at 15% for good service. 10% for not so good. It can't be that bad of a tip because I end up befriending most of my spa girls!!!!

This double tap thing isn't working :/

Looks like the auther owns a spa herself lolz 20% tip ?? Oh and yes dont eat and drink much either very funny

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