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Self-Care Staples: How Often You Should Get a Haircut, Mani-Pedi, Facial, and More

by Maia Marquez

If there’s one thing we’ve learned so early on in 2019, it’s that self-care never goes out of style.

Commonly known as anything that makes us happier and healthier mentally, physically, and/or emotionally, self-care can be defined and practiced in many different ways—so much so that it comes in whatever form we want it to take: going for a leisurely stroll, hitting the gym, trying something for the first time… the list goes on! But for beauty enthusiasts out there (ourselves included!), good grooming has secured a spot at the top of the self-care list.

While the number of beauty to-dos may be daunting, you always get the same, satisfying result after. Whether it’s just an hour or two of pampering or a whole day of me-time indulgence, you’ll step out of the spa or salon looking and feeling like your happiest and best self. For lasting results, beauty treatments need to be done regularly, turning them into habits and making them part of your routine. Confused on what needs to be done when? Allow us to help with that.


There’s more to a haircut than simply changing your style. Having your tresses trimmed every so often reduces frizz, promotes healthy hair growth, and prevents split ends, all while making you look fine and fresh whatever the weather!

Get it: every 4-8 weeks

We recommend: Marqed Salon’s Cut with Hydrating Mask and Peppermint Scalp Treatment

Not only will you be given a face-framing cut, you’ll also be spoiled with a Schwarzkopf Hydrating Cream Masque to seal moisture into your locks and a Peppermint Scalp Treatment to keep your mane moisturized. It’s the perfect way to maintain happy and healthy hair!

Marqed Salon
Ureana Design Building
59 Connecticut Street, San Juan
(0966) 805 1143

Redemption Hours:
Daily, 9AM - 6PM


A pop of color for your tips and toes comes loaded with benefits you may not even be aware of. A thorough cleansing from countless germs, exfoliation and smoothening of the skin, and an improvement in blood flow and circulation are just some of the advantages you can get from having your nails done.

Get it: every 1-2 weeks for regular polish, every 3-4 weeks for gel polish

We recommend: Rilassante Salon & Spa’s Gel Mani-Pedi with Hand and Foot Massage

The perfect reward for your hardworking hands and feet, this gel mani-pedi package gives you chip-free nails for 3-4 weeks, making it the perfect treat for all those busy beauty-loving bees. Plus, it comes with a hand and foot massage to knead away your knots!

Rilassante Salon & Spa
The Strip at Shore Residences
Sunrise Drive, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay
(0916) 732 7943

Redemption Hours:
Daily, 10AM - 9PM

Foot Spa

Sometimes, all we need is to sink into a plush chair and let skillful hands work on our tired and sore soles. Never underestimate the power of a little TLC in making you feel like you’re walking on clouds!

Get it: every 1-2 weeks

We recommend: Nail Mama’s Spoiled Babe Package

More than just relief for tired and sore feet, this invigorating foot spa rids you of calluses and loosens up tension in your legs and feet. Throw in a gel manicure and classic pedicure, and you’re in for a session of utter relaxation!

Nail Mama
Unit R2 The Xavier Hills Condominium
Granada St., Brgy. Valencia, Quezon City
(0997) 641 4181

Redemption Hours:
Daily, 1PM - 10PM
(Last appointment will be at 8PM)


Pretty much synonymous to the perfect taste of rest after a long, hard week, this relaxing treat is key to regulating stress. Surrender yourself to pure bliss and allow each stroke to send all your worries away.

Get it: every 1-2 weeks

We recommend: Transcend Spa & Nails’ Aromatic Salt Glow Scrub and Massage

This 2-in-1 indulgence doesn’t just scrub and stroke the stress away—it also restores your skin’s healthy glow. It’s a fitting reward that helps you reset for the coming work week as well.

Transcend Spa & Nails
The Third Eye Wellness Center
600A, 6/F 20th Drive Corporate Center, 20th Drive
McKinley Business Park, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 808 2984
(0917) 636 2800

Redemption Hours:
Mondays to Saturdays, 11AM - 8PM
Sundays, 9:30AM - 6:30PM


Nothing feels better than knowing you’re ready to put your best face forward any time. And while the list of skincare trends is constantly growing, a trusty facial is still the go-to for targeting your skin woes all at once.

Get it: once a month

We recommend: Le Plaisir Spa’s Collagen Facial with Diamond Peel and Photodynamic Therapy

The all-in-one solution to bringing out your skin’s natural glow, this power-packed facial rejuvenates your skin, slows down the aging process, and aids in collagen production. Tell us which is more time-efficient: this 60-90 minute me-time treat or your daily 10-step skincare routine?

Le Plaisir Spa
186 Tomas Morato Street, Quezon City
(0933) 822 5410
(0956) 325 5378

Redemption Hours:
Daily, 12NN - 10PM
(Last appointment will be at 8:30PM)

Permanent Hair Color

The only constant thing in life is change. Whether it’s to switch things up with a bold hue or to soften your looks with a subtle shade, trading in your current hair color is always a welcome change to make way for a fresh and new you.

Get it: every 2-3 months

We recommend: The List Salon Spa and Dermatology's Davines Full Hair Color with Shampoo and Blowdry

Not sure which shade will suit you best? Let their skilled stylists recommend the perfect hue for you! Their creative team was trained exclusively by a Korean stylist, so you know you’re in good hands here.

The List Salon Spa and Dermatology
B3 Lane P cor. 7th Ave., Bonifacio High Street
BGC, Taguig
(02) 818 1968
(02) 818 4968
(0928) 352 0700

Redemption Hours:
Daily, 10AM - 8PM


The key to achieving your dream curls, a perm gives you volumized hair that’s already effortlessly styled. Cut your morning hair routine in half—all you need to do is scrunch some mousse into your damp tresses to define your curls and control frizz, and you’re good to go!

Get it: every 6 months

We recommend: Gionyx Hair and Nail Salon’s Digiperm and Haircut

Achieve those K-beauty curls with this Korean-inspired perm. Pair it with a refreshing cut to accentuate your features, and you’ll always be picture-perfect no matter the occasion!

Gionyx Hair and Nail Salon
202 ASSI Building
109 Neptune Street, Makati
(02) 771 2488

Redemption Hours:
Daily, 10AM - 8PM

Straightening Treatment

There are times when bad hair days repeatedly take a toll on your confidence, especially when you just want to let your hair down. When numerous hair products really can’t tame that mane, a straightening treatment is your all-in hassle-free solution.

Get it: every 8-10 months

We recommend: Design Studio Salon’s Permanent Blowout® with Infinity Cleanse® and Keratin Masque®

When it comes to treating yourself, you only deserve the best. Make your way to the country’s only salon licensed to offer the Permanent Blowout®. Bundled together with the Infinity Cleanse® and Keratin Masque®, it’s set to give you natural-looking straight hair with bounce and body, plus tangle-free tresses for easier styling—what’s not to love?

Design Studio Salon
908 G/F Arnaiz Metrobank Bldg. A., Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road)
San Lorenzo Village, Makati
(02) 832 5508
(02) 899 9977
(0919) 999 7622

Redemption Hours:
Daily, 9AM - 9PM

Brazilian Waxing

Repeatedly having to shave can get quite taxing. Whether you’re preparing for a beach trip or simply want to rid yourself of pesky and unwanted hair, a waxing session is always a treat to look forward to.

Get it: every 3-4 weeks

We recommend: Pink Parlour’s Brazilian Waxing

Spontaneous beach trip this weekend? Schedule a quick visit to this multi-awarded waxing salon from Singapore and be hair-free with this fast, hassle-free, and painless solution!

Pink Parlour

A.Venue Mall, Makati
G/F A.Venue Mall, Makati Ave., Makati
(02) 621 9836

Redemption Hours:
Sundays to Thursdays, 11AM - 9PM

Eastwood Mall, Quezon City
2/F Eastwood Mall, Quezon City
(02) 706 6101

Redemption Hours:
Sundays to Thursdays, 11AM - 10PM

SM North EDSA, Quezon City
5/F SM North EDSA, The Block, Quezon City
(02) 709 7093

Redemption Hours:
Sundays to Thursdays, 10AM - 10PM

Robinsons Galleria, Quezon City
3/F Robinsons Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave.
Quezon City
(02) 332 1577

Redemption Hours:
Sundays to Thursdays, 10AM - 9PM

Eyebrow Threading

Clean eyebrows are an indicator of good grooming habits. Making sure they’re nicely shaped also properly frames your face and helps bring out your best features.

Get it: every 2-3 weeks

We recommend: Silk by Lay Bare’s Eyebrow Grooming

Indulge in some me-time and head over to this luxurious waxing salon for an all-in solution to better brows. This cleaning, shaping, and temporary coloring brow package will give you bolder brows that are always selfie-ready!

Silk by Lay Bare
2/F Uptown Parade
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
(0943) 283 0824

Redemption Hours:
Sundays to Thursdays, 10AM - 10PM
Fridays to Saturdays, 10AM - 11PM
(Last appointment will be at 9PM)

Underarm Laser Hair Removal

Whatever your shape or size, nobody should ever tell you what to wear. But what if you’re limiting your own fashion choices because you feel too self-conscious to expose your underarms? Get fuzz-free in an instant with this fuss-free solution!

Get it: every 2-3 weeks

We recommend: Privé Estética’s Underarm Diode Laser Hair Removal and Whitening

Bring out those sleeveless tops and summer dresses and dare to bare those smoother, brighter, and hairless pits—you’ll notice a 30-40% decrease in hair growth right after!

Privé Estética
Room 811-812 Centuria Medical Makati, Century City
Kalayaan Ave. cor. Salamanca St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati
(0906) 084 9000

Redemption Hours:
Mondays to Saturdays, 9AM - 6PM
(Last appointment will be at 5PM)

Beauty Drips

So many beauty and pampering needs, so little time? A quick, efficient beauty drip is the answer! While these treatments have no therapeutic claims, they’re loaded with vitamins and minerals to keep you happy, healthy, and glowing inside and out.

Get it: once a week for 3 months

We recommend: CocktailsMD Wellness Lounge’s Express Beauty Drip

Apart from evening out your skin tone and texture, this Glutathione and Vitamin C concoction optimizes your liver function and speeds up your body’s healing processes. And it only takes about 30 minutes—how’s that for an all-in quick treat?

CocktailsMD Wellness Lounge
2/F Wellness Lane, Festival Mall
Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(0917) 907 2112

Redemption Hours:
Daily, 10AM - 7PM
(Last appointment will be at 6PM)

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About Maia
Maia’s passions in life are to travel and tell stories. Born in the States and raised in Manila while having studied in France, her ultimate goal is to travel all countries of the world. While she’s not abroad, she spends time tanning at the beach, exploring the underwater world or chilling with her 15 dogs. Follow her adventures on her Instagram @maiawillseetheworld.

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