By Karen Marie Shelton
you recognize the importance of proper care
for your feet but feel guilty about the time
and money you spend at the spa, you may be interested
in a hot new trend - express nail services.
Express spa services, including pedicures, have
never been more popular. They offer a great
way to save time but still experience the benefits
of a professional spa services.
you're in a hurry, and many people are, you
can sign up for an express pedicure in many
spas and salons. First call your local spa and
ask if they offer a special streamlined or express
pedicure option. Some spas will offer a two-fer
- meaning that you can get a manicure and pedicure
at the same time by two different spa techs
and be back on the street in less than 45 minutes.
Other spas will custom design an express package
to fit your needs. You might have a pedicure,
manicure and mini-facial all at the same time.
Or you can layer services by having a manicure
and pedicure with aromatherapy oils added to
the soaking tubs or to the mini-facial mask.
When in doubt, ask - and will probably receive.
the express spa experience by considering the
1. Buy a series of pedicure sessions
spas will offer you a deal when you commit to
a set of pre-paid treatments. Not only does
this save you money on your service, it speeds
up check-in/check-out transit times. Some spas
or nail salons will even automatically deduct
a session from your account when you book your
appointment. This eliminates the pesky paperwork
and fumbling for cash or credit cards.
2. Before arriving for your appointment deposit
your estimated tip in a sealed envelop that
can be easily reached
If you know and trust the nail techs, you may
wish to include a tip with your prepaid treatment
deal. This will eliminate digging for tip dollars
as you sprint from the spa or salon.
wearing binding clothes such as tight skirts
or pants that prohibit your ability to easily
slip your feet into the appropriate soaking
tubs. Consider the shoe options and if you can't
work with spa flip flops, bring your own open
Make prior arrangements for refreshments
spas that offer express services will make arrangements
to have a light and nail friendly lunch or snack
available for you to enjoy during your treatment.
Other will have liquid refreshments available,
from coffee and tea to bubbly. Always inquire
and express your desires in advance.
Maximize your downtime
may want to hook up to your cell earpiece or
load up your CD player and close your eyes for
relaxation - ask in advance what is appropriate.
Obviously some tasks are limited because your
hands and/or nails may be occupied.
6. Consider all Express options
Since time is a precious commodity, try to prepare
in advance to eliminate every possible time
waster. If you prefer a special brand and hue
of polish, call ahead to ensure your desired
product is readily available. If parking is
an issue at your chosen spa, ask about valet
services. Some spas, for an extra fee, will
even pick you up and take you back to your office.
your needs and plan ahead. This will ensure
stress-free, enjoyable express nail treatments.
Karen M. Shelton - Noted as a leading consumer
hair expert, Karen is the founder & CEO
of the award-winning, financially successful,
Her articles & hair tips have been regularly
featured in 101 HairStyles, ShortCuts, Pregnancy
magazine, Radiance, Hair World, e-Pregnancy,
Myria.com, BeautyWalk.com, eBody.com and Ask.com.
Featured as a Cybergrrl of the Month and profiled
in Cybergirl@Work: Tips And Inspiration For
The Professional You, Karen was named as one
of Working Woman Magazine's Entrepreneurs of
the Year in 2001. She also received the MTBC
Tech Titan award for Emerging CEO. Articles
about Karen have appeared in the Dallas Morning
News, D Magazine, Dallas Business Journal, Red
Herring, Fortune Small Business, Modern Salon
and Working Woman Magazine.