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How to Evaluate A Spa: Finding the Spa That's Right For You, Part B

If you don't know that much about spas, how do you go about finding the one that's right for you?

Here's a checklist that should help you find the spa that agrees with you

No one way of evaluating a spa will lead you to the one that's right for you, but here are hints that will narrow the field.

The first spa finding tool that BeautyDispatch gave you defined different types of spas. This is Part B of your spa education - tips on how to evaluate a spa.

Look at their website. Do they list prices, customer service policies, gift certificate policies, and real-seeming customer comments or testimonials? Does the spa make a clear statement of the philosophies behind the services and the policies? You're looking for clear, consistent and transparent information.

are the product and salon lines current and in keeping with your own philosophies?

Compare pricing for services and treatments. Most spa pricing in a city should be within a comfortable range of other area spas offering similar services.

Read the menu. You want to see clear, concise service descriptions that are credible. You want to see options that address your goals, needs and wants.

Seeing and sensing is believing. Some things can only be confirmed by a visit. Is it clean? Does it smell clean and pleasant? Are the staff friendly, helpful and alert?

Ask for certification and licensure. In many states, estheticians, massage therapists and cosmetologists are regulated. Practitioners must have a certain number of hours of study to qualify for certification, and must keep their license or certification current through continuing professional education.

Check the Better Business Bureau site. BBB has a searchable directory. Are there too many consumer complaints (resolved or not) about a spa for you to be comfortable?

Are the products and salon lines it carries current? What philosophy or point of view is communicated by their product choices? Is their way of thinking in line with your own?

Are they an iSpa member? There are thousands of spas out there, ranging from the rich and famous (Canyon Ranch, anyone?) to "Frank's Hot Dogs, Oil Changes and Day Spa" in that dying, forgotten strip mall. ISPA is the international membership organization that better spas belong to, and Frank's probably doesn't make membership a priority.

Finally, ask, "What do I and the spa have in common?" This is a place you're wanting to visit in your quest for sanctuary, relaxation, wellbeing, better skin, healthy and well-shaped nails, etc.

Don't go to a place that bugs or bothers you.  


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