The Best Personal Services

Getting pampered is a cinch on the Island.



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Self-care is more important now than ever, so don’t treat yourself once in awhile. Alameda is full of ways to help you plan a full itinerary for pampering, so set aside an afternoon to indulge in salon treatments that will leave you feeling refreshed.

 Start the day with a massage at Beauty Unlimited, which offers an assortment of relaxing treatments — from deep-tissue to Swedish massage to organic aromatherapy, ranging from 30 to 90 minutes.

Or, if you’re feeling particularly tense, take it a step further by heading to Back to Life, where massage therapists and posture experts will use a variety of techniques —including stretching, vibration, heat, posture tricks, and massage — to leave you feeling looser and pain-free.

If a facial is more your style, The Gorgeous Lady offers a slew of options using certified organic, medical-grade German products by the company Jean D’Arcel in a serene studio that will put you at ease and leave your skin glowing.

Perhaps you’re in need of a wax? Look no further than Lunchbox Wax, a chic salon that has waxing as the core of its services, aiming to make it an enjoyable experience rather than a painful afterthought.

For something unexpected to glam up your look, indulge in false lashes: Happy Lashes makes the experience fun and carefree, promising the transformative nature of getting a wow-factor on your eyes. Choose how glam you want your look to be, from a classic natural lash set with 35 lashes per eye, to the full-volume, HD diva lash set with a whopping 350-plus lashes per eye (lashes last about three to five weeks).

Finally, end your day of pampering with a trip to the Sabai Salon & Blow Dry Bar, which offers a full blow-out menu, including wash, dry, and styling. Opt for “Be Calm” for super straight and smooth hair, or go full throttle with the “Be Sassy” look, complete with big curls and volume.

Alameda is full of options to treat yourself — so get booking.