The lockdowns have taught people to do many things. Some learned how to bake and take care of plants. Others learned to cut their own hair or fix their eyebrows. While these are a great addition to anyone’s skill set, they’re also moments of relaxation that used to be something one looked forward to as part of a regular self-care ritual. Now that Metro Manila is a step closer to the way it was before, it’s time to finally let the beauty pros do their magic. Shangri-La Plaza has some pampering picks to share for that well-deserved me-time.

Get a proper haircut or color treatment. The hair is a person’s crowning glory that makes an impactful difference on one’s look. For the past two years, people have neglected their hair, letting them grow wild, go frizzy, and turn gray. Say bye to bad hair days and have a hair refresh at Basement Salon, Manila’s premier hair and beauty salon where hair experts are known for their beautiful transformations that can redefine one’s style; David’s Salon, which offers world-class hair dressing and a wide range of beauty services; or Studio 546, a full-service salon that offers exciting color treatments.

Enjoy an afternoon of wellness with a rejuvenating spa. Keep stress at bay by taking some time to relax and unwind at The Spa. An accredited member of the International Spa Association, it offers classic massages such as shiatsu, a Japanese-style acupressure massage that works on vital energy points to unblock and balance the body’s chi; Swedish that involves flowing strokes combined with a special oil that soothes sore muscles and relieves body tension; and deep tissue, an invigorating massage technique using the elbows and forearms to work on deeper tissues that provides relief from muscle tightness.

The Spa also offers body care treatments like the Coffee Rub and Toning Bamboo Revival, facials such as its Signature Age Defense Treatment and Aroma Facial Massage, and foot services like Oriental Foot Therapy and Peppermint Foot Rub.

Give nails some TLC. Nails reflect one’s overall health, so it’s important to keep them healthy and strong to prevent bacteria that could lead to infections and fungal problems. Keep nails in tiptop shape at Nail Spa that’s known for its cozy atmosphere. Aside from the regular mani and pedi, they offer paraffin dips and even strengthening, whitening, and anti-fungal treatments to address specific nail issues. To take nail care up a notch, head to Nail Tropics and get their popular gel nails as well as their classic and eco-friendly, organic nail services.

Achieve a glowing look. The Shang is home to trusted clinics that will help address one’s skin care woes. Skin 101 offers a variety of facial treatments for all skin types at affordable prices, making it the ideal place to start to treat maskne. SkinStation is the go-to place for painless Diode laser hair removal and Revitalight Facial, which is designed to target fine lines and wrinkles. Belo now offers the exclusive Belo Zoom Lift™ which puts together the rejuvenating powers of three treatments to give one that visible  lift and glow in a single session.

Keep every look sharp with healthy lashes and perfectly shaped brows. The eyes, they said, are the windows to the soul. In beauty, they can make or break a makeup (or no makeup) look. The lashes and the brows, specifically, can help bring out one’s natural beauty, frame the face, and make one look more polished.

Give them some lift with the help of Strokes by Momoi Supe, a beauty studio that specializes in premium eyebrow services like Brow Sculpting that gives one semi-permanent textured brows that can last up to 12 months, and Kerabrow that helps manage unruly hair and change its direction of growth to get a better brow shape. It also offers various lash services like the ultralight Bespoke Vegan Lash Extensions and the K-Airlash extensions with stem cell infused lash lift.

For a smoother R&R at the Shang, be sure to book an appointment before visiting and present your vaccination card or certificate before availing any service. Now sit back, relax, and keep celebrating #SummerattheShang!

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