If one’s body is a temple, I had been treating mine like a public toilet for the last three months. After months of travelling, I brought back at least five kilograms of body hair, black heads and dead skin with me. If you’re thinking this is too much information, the point is that I badly needed to visit a spa and salon — one that would give me royal treatment without charging royal prices.
As soon as my plane jerkily landed on Pakistani soil, I called up my eternally hairless, scrubbed out and blow-dried compadres and asked for salon recommendations. One that stood out for its prices, location and variety of treatments was the newly opened Sen Spa & Salon.
Being situated right behind restaurants Café Flo and Koel makes the salon a convenient place where you can easily get a blow-dry and then hop over for a steaming hot cup of coffee to your favourite joint before the Karachi humidity has its way with your hair. The prices are perfect; who else will offer a full body wax, a Thalgo facial and a manicure and pedicure for Rs3,800?
The entrance to the salon is beautifully decorated with stepping stones that lead you to the second floor. The instrumental oriental music playing in the background (no loud jhankars) and the faintest whiff of scented candles is sure to make your jetlag seem a lifetime away.
The Thalgo facial (treatment for anti-aging, hydrating, and purifying) they offer makes one feel young again. Getting a pedicure on enormous cushy, comfy couches is so much better than the usual discomfort which comes free with getting your toes prettied.
Another interesting activity started by the salon is the concept of “Sparties” (spa parties) for girls who are getting married. A bride can book the entire salon for a day and she and her friends can get as many beauty services as they like. They are also allowed to bring in snacks, games and prizes, making the salon a fun alternative place for a bridal or a baby shower.
The salon also has an informative and active page on Facebook titled “Sen Spa & Salon”, where one can easily book appointments on a day when you are too lazy to make a call.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 13th, 2012.
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