A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published January 12th 2014
Beat the Post-Christmas blues by rewarding yourself
After splurging during Christmas, it is understandable that some of us are feeling a bit stretched in our pockets (both size-wise from all the eating and coin-wise from all the spending). In fact, it can even be a bit depressing thinking about how long you have to wait until the next festive season.
However, you don't need an excuse to pamper yourself when you can do it on a budget. With the art of creativity and resourcefulness, you can manage to treat yourself for a fragment of the normal price.
Some beauty schools provide discounted massaging, hairdressing and manicure services by appointment to assist their students in their assessments. The students are always accompanied by a qualified instructor so there is minimal risk of errors.
I have previously received a lot of compliments after a haircut at a hairdressing academy in Sydney. It cost me next to nothing and the shampoo, conditioning and scalp massage was heavenly.
Depending on your location, the best way to search for a local beauty training school is through the yellow pages and even on Google. Ring the receptionist and ask if they take customer appointments and what services are on offer.
If you live in Brisbane, see below for some places you can go to reward yourself whenever you have done something you are proud of, whether it is to run 5kms, helping a friend in need, successfully cooking a delicious meal or cleaning up that dirty garage.
1) Well-being Clinic at the Australasian College of Natural Therapies
Indulge in $10 massages. The well-being clinic offers a relaxation massage that rejuvenates your tired muscles leaving you relaxed. They also have a remedial massage which targets deeper layers of muscle tissue to treat a variety of ailments.
If you are into natural therapy and holistic well-being, students consult with qualified supervisors to develop a treatment plan for you for free. Receive a two hour dietary consultation with specific nutritional supplement advice or a naturopathy consultation that includes herbal remedies and flower essences.
Located at Unit 4, 15 Anderson Street, Fortitude Valley, the well-being clinic can be contacted on 07 3270 1000. The Australian Natural College of Beauty is open from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Due to the academic calendar, treatments are not available throughout the year so give them a call for availability.
On student client days, treat yourself to a 45 minute manicure for $20 or a 45 minute pedicure for $25. Pamper yourself with add-ons like customised French, acrylic and hard gel enhancements. The clinic includes waxing, facials, teeth whitening, massage, eyelash tint and eyebrow shaping as well starting from $5. You will definitely be spoilt for choice!
Bellevue Beauty is located at unit 5/78 Logan Road, Woolloongabba, Queensland, call them on 07 3891 5696 for a booking.
Beauty treatment specials are available between Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm and 6pm-9pm or Friday 9am-5pm. Gel and acrylic only treatment specials are available on Tuesday and Wednesday between 9am-5pm and 6pm-9pm.
If you want to dress up your tresses, there is no better place to be pampered for a steal than the Brisbane School of Hairdressing. Students use internationally recognised products such as Wella, Io-touch and Delva.
Hairdressing specials start from $16 for a shampoo, condition, stylecut and blow-dry. Foils start from $4.40 each with semi-permanent colours from $21. These students are professional and work alongside with their experienced supervisors. If you prefer more advanced students, you can go to the ground floor where the service is a bit more expensive but you are guaranteed a more experienced hairdresser.
The salon is located at the Queen Adelaide Building, 90-112 Queen Street and open from Monday to Friday at 9am-5pm. For appointments, call 07 3221 9294.