A mani so strong, it will last straight through to February. Nails trimmed, shaped, and buffed, a few coats of polish will follow, before being cured under a UV lamp to keep the colour in place. Though the hand massage is most definitely my favourite bit of the manicure experience, looking down at glossy nails when typing at my keyboard feels darn fantastic. A guaranteed Monday boost, if you will. As for colour, I’m still indulging green, but dark burgundy seems to be the trend du jour (right, Meghan Markle?).Book gel manicure
I believe there are very few stresses that a half an hour head massage cannot melt away. Aside from it just feeling really nice when someone rubs your head for a while, there are true benefits to indulging in a 30-min treatment. A head massage can help prevent migraines (and back pain), it can help to relieve insomnia and encourages hair growth. Your therapist will typically use oil during the treatment, and work pressure across the scalp. Your neck and shoulders are rarely left out, which makes for a kind of 2-4-1 experience. Kind of like a deal?! Dreams. Book head massage
Not that appearance matters (I’m just as content in a onesie and messy bun, as my fancy glad-rags and full face), but there’s something about tinting my naked eyelashes that does perk up my mood. Aside from blue mascara, LVL is the best advancement in lash-enhancing. During the treatment, lashes are curled against a ‘curling shield’ and coated in a bonding gel, then a lifting balm, which sits in place for around 15 minutes. A volumising fix follows, then a tint, and ta-da. Great eyelashes. For around 6 weeks.Book lashes
There’s a little ‘Blue Monday’ in every salon trip – sitting back down in the chair, hair freshly washed, and looking into the mirror. Slick, reptilian, analysing every part of your face/life. Cut to 30 minutes later and you are restored as a glossy, well-trimmed individual, ready to take on the day. So many emotions for one hair trim, but, in summary, a trip to the hairdressers always leaves me feeling great. Whether it’s a change of colour, a dramatic cut, or just a bouncy blowdry, a good chat with the stylist and nice smelling hair is the ideal way to perk up a weekday. Book hair
*With treatment included. It’s kind of a no-brainer that a spa visit would make you feel good. Reclining on a lounger, snuggling into a sleep pod, detoxing in the steam room, almost-napping during massage, afternoon tea. All of that makes me happy. You could book a whole spa day, and indulge 9-5, or make it a weekend trip. Take a friend, take a loved one, or go solo (it’s a real thing these days). Either way, if it’s a spa visit that gets you grinning from ear-to-ear, you should do it. Ta ta January blues. Book spa day
These five treatments are guaranteed to perk up our mood every time
Alright, the third Monday in January is set to be the most miserable of all, and it’s coming. But, let us not premeditate glumness. Instead, let’s just plan to do something that makes us feel really, really good. For me, that’s buying a posh coffee, instead of going instant. It’s making a whole plate of potato wedges for tea. It’s ordering on ASOS (Klarna, obviously), and not filtering by ‘lowest to highest’. Oh, and it’s booking a treatment – or two – and kicking back in the salon for many hours. Join me?
By Rachel Spedding
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Gather round – get close, real close – now shout it from the heavens, Ella-Eyre-style, because we just got paid. Like time passing on a Tuesday afternoon, or waiting for the tour at the end of Grand Designs, January has moved painfully slowly. It’s been filled with packed lunches, turning down social events, and balaclavas (for the cold, obviously). So, now that the funds have arrived, I’m going for it – americano, not filter; wine, not water; and beauty treatments, by the bucketload. Here are the treatments to invest in, this payday. By Rachel SpeddingRead more
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