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Staying Beautiful in Buenos Aires

February 20, 2014

Every lady from the Buenos Aires Expat world has one; a beauty treatment horror story. Hands covered in giant ball of wax held over Bunsen burners before being applied to private lady parts, old wax drying out in between the hoo-ha’s and 3 ‘beauticians’ being unable to remove it, hair dye burning the skin of foreheads, inflated prices from the quotes price list, pedicures that draw blood, manicures that create hangnails; yes, we have got it all.

Maybe it’s because we are too picky because we are accustomed to high standards prissy in our respective home countries…or maybe it’s just because Buenos Aires has yet to figure out how the world of pampering works. WE LIKE TO FEEL PRETTY NOT ABUSED!

I am my mother’s daughter; I love beauty treatments, at least I did when I lived in the UK. I don’t have all the money or time in the world to get them but when I can I will and when I can’t…well the wooly mammoth in the corner is probably me.  It has taken three years of searching and a substantial amount of misery (and humiliation) to figure out some of the best Buenos Aires beauty treatment saloon’s so here is a list of some of my favorite so you pretty thangs out there don’t have to go through all the suffering and pain that I did.

To be manicured one must be manicured; Buenos Aires Nail Salons

Probably one of the most common quick fixes to make us feel just that little bit more sophisticated versus the dirty mucker that has been digging in the mud for gold.

Pretty and pink. Some of the girls working there might be rather mardy but they certainly know how to get your hands and feet glammed up. Huge selection of varnishes, acrylics and gels, with good complimentary coffee, good cheesy TV channels and US and UK fashion magazines on the side! Well worth a look in.

  • Cassandra May Esthetics: Colegiales

https://www.facebook.com/cassandramayesthethics

This beautiful lady travelled all the way from Canada to make every woman in Buenos Aires feel like a goddess and focuses on what the customer wants and needs. Her gorgeous light soaked space is perfect for ‘me time’. Great selection of colours and gels as well as heavenly foot massages. Green tea, fresh fruits, and great company….

Hollywood hair; Buenos Aires hairdressers

Possibly the most terrifying of them all; bad haircut/colour! There’s no turning back once you’ve had the chop so let’s make sure we get it right.

  • Mala Peluqueria by Pantene; Palermo Soho, Gorriti 4646

http://malapeluqueria.com/

Clean modern space, full of all the darlings of Palermo so they must be doing something right! Friendly staff, trained hairdresser who ACTUALLY do the colour and cut you ask for. AWESOME head massages (I found a lot of places don’t bother with this important step and it irks me somewhat), good coffee, tea and sodas free

A fave among the BA expat world. I have yet to meet the lovely lady but many have ranted and raved about here chopping skills

Porcelain perfect skin and body knots: Buenos Aires Facial and massage treatments

  • Cassandra May Esthetics: Colegiales

https://www.facebook.com/cassandramayesthethics

Another win for Cassandra. Trained as a top esthetician, she is can cater facials for your skin type, needs and concerns…a true rarity it Buenos Aires.

  • Home Hotel Spa; Palermo Hollywood; Honduras 5860

http://www.homebuenosaires.com/EN/spa

While maybe you won’t find packages to tackle specific skin concerns they do offer a wide selection of facials and massage. I can’t say it better than their website: ‘Leave the noise and grit of the city behind and step into our Spa, a space where relaxation reaches new heights.’ Don’t mind if I do!

Just a Little Prick; Buenos Aires Acupuncture

Beauty comes from within and Lauren Dulberg will help you release it.

  • Acupuncture Buenos Aires; Almagro

http://acupuncturebuenosaires.com/

Native New Yorker Lauren Dulberg is the only place to go. Whether it be internal or external she will get to the root of your problems with her magic needles, cups and Chinese medicine; making you healthier, happier and therefore prettier!

Hairy Mary: Buenos Aires Waxing

No solution found: I have purchased an IPL laser hair removal ‘gun’’ to take care of it myself!

Please, if you know a nice Buenos Aires beauty outlet, share the knowledge!! As one, we are beautified!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Kristine permalink
    April 15, 2014 5:16 am

    Hello! Could you recommend a (preferrably English speaking) salon that could do sunbleached streakes on my Nordic regrowth and trim my split ends, as well as do pedicures? I’m sceptial of bleaching my hair here due to the type of hair, but if anyone has tips and recommendations it has to be you!:) would be nice if I could do my hair and nails at the same salon, but most important is the hair, and I can go to one of the salons you mentioned another time if you think that is safest.

    Thanks!

    • April 15, 2014 5:12 pm

      Hi Kristine,

      Thanks for the comment, but I’m afraid that this is sooo not my area of expertise. Good luck!

  2. Janet Tynemouth permalink
    May 15, 2014 7:30 pm

    I have been in Buenos Aires for nearly six months and sadly I am just about to leave. I had a very bad experience first week and then a girlfriend told me about Javier Aranda. It is is tough to get an appointment but he speaks really good English and is a very good hairdresser. http://javier-aranda-hair-makeup-design.com/

  3. April 30, 2015 9:43 pm

    I found Deslie’s contact details on a forum for expats in Buenos Aires. My gosh am I glad I found her… One of the best facials I have ever had. The products are amazing and she’s like a wizard with her hands. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough!

  4. May 12, 2015 2:33 am

    I’m a bit late to the party, but I went to the beauty clinic Monica Brenta (they have several locations- I visited the one in San Isidro) and thought it was a clean/ efficient/ effective experience. Just be sure to revise the Spanish waxing vocab- I found the recommendation from this Lonely Planer page- thank you!- https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/americas-south-america/topics/bikini-waxing-in-buenos-aires?page=1#post_20436791

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