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.
- Queenies Nail Salon; Palermo Hollywood, Fitz Roy 1883 http://www.queeniesbuenosaires.com/
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
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
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
- BA Hairdresser: Terrie Orr, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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!