The Spa Week staff reveals important insider secrets on what to look out for when trying out a new spa.
There is no question about it—we love the world of spa and wellness. That being said, not all spas are created equal, and not all spas are places that we would send our loyal Spa Weekers. To keep you safe and satisfied, we’ve created a list of some important red flags to look out for every time you try out a new facility. You know you can trust these tips as they’ve been curated from some of the savviest spa experts around—the staff here at Spa Week!
Is anybody there?
“When you book appointment, be mindful of if your call goes to voicemail during business hours and there is no message pertaining to the spa (Hi, you’ve reached ABC day spa). While this is sometimes common for smaller location, it might be a warning sign that they are not fully staffed, or a legitimate spa.” – Kaitlin, Senior Account Manager
Check the reviews!
“If you don’t trust trying out a new dry cleaner without seeing any Yelp reviews first, how can you not say the same for a spa!? Always do your research beforehand, and if an online/social media presence or reviews are hard to come by, then skip it. No matter how good a deal may seem on paper, it’s not worth risking that toenail fungus you got from your pedicure. Or even worse, a bad haircut. YIKES!” – Kelly, Director of Public Relations
Are they licensed?
“Avoid ‘Med Spa’ services from places that do not have the correct staff on board or licensing (varies from state to state). Don’t be afraid to ask questions when booking your appointment!”–Brynn, Account Manager
Be clear on your service!
“I scheduled a facial a couple weeks ago at my local spa/salon. I was excited about the crazy discount… until half way into my service I totally realized I was never asked or told what kind of facial I was getting. They had over eight to choose from! I had no idea what was happening to my face…and that is not a sign of professional service. ”—Melissa, Director of Affiliate Sales and Marketing
Is the floor dirty?
“The cleanliness of the floor is something I notice at every business I enter, especially the spa! Whether eating out at a restaurant or going to get my nails done, cleaning up after every client and every service is a must.” –Anne, Loyalty Program Director
Beware of double dipping!
“If you are getting any type of wax (especially bikini) and notice the waxer double-dipping her wand, that’s your cue to hightail it out of there (unless she is using a personal batch of wax for you alone)! That is unsanitary and an easy way to contract infections and even disease.” – Arielle (me!), Associate Editor
Do you have anything to add to our list? Let us know in comments below!
Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.