from the Southern Beauty Shop series
by Lila Dare
Working in a salon like I do, you'd think I'd get tired of the whole hair and nails thing. But I don't. So when my friend Vonda, who runs a B&B here in St. Elizabeth, won a spa day for two by calling in to a radio show, I leaped at the chance to go with her. (She and her on again-off again ex-husband Ricky were on the outs, so she invited me instead of him.)
We went to a posh place in Jacksonville which, even though it's in Florida, is closer to St. Elizabeth than Atlanta is. I knew I was going to like it from the moment we walked in and saw a beautiful rock fountain splashing in the reception area. The sound of water is so relaxing. I started with a massage--you have no idea how stiff you can get cutting hair all day--and Vonda began with a facial. (As if she needs one--she's got this nearly poreless skin that doesn't even need make-up.)
The masseur used a sandalwood oil for the massage and I can't tell you how heavenly it felt to have all the knots kneaded out of my shoulders. I think I drifted off for a bit. I didn't really need a facial--Althea tries out her new organic products on me during slow times at the spa--so I sat in the steam room for a bit and then joined Vonda to have our eyebrows threaded. I'd never tried that, and it stung a bit, but I have to admit that it worked. The woman actually managed to coax an arch into my too-straight brows and then tinted them so they stand out a bit. As a natural blond, even though it's kind of a dirty blond, my brows kind of fade into my face.
We finished with mani-pedis and I let Vonda talk me into an electric blue color that was fun, even though it didn't feel like the real me. She had her nails done a bright tangerine with gold flower designs on them. She complained that they wouldn't last past doing the breakfast dishes for her guests the next morning.
All in all we had a fabulous, relaxing time. What's your favorite spa treatment, or who do you most like to go to a spa with?