Apr 19 2013

Vikas Marwah’s Hair & Beauty Salon, Bandra (W) – Review

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Vikas Marwah's hair & beauty salon, bandraI’ve made use of some really awesome deals on Timesdeal.com and I thought Vikas Marwah’s Hair & Beauty Salon would be one of them with the amount of services they were offering in the deal. Lekin afsos, galat choice! Read why.

The salon– Located at Hill Road, Bandra, this is Vikas Marwah’s second salon. The first one has been around for a while at Lokhandwala Andheri. So, I went to the Bandra one after taking an appointment and informing them about the ‘deal’. The salon is of a decent size and looks ok.

The Deal– Hair Deep Conditioning, Loreal Hair Spa, Head Steam, Head Massage, Hair Cut, Blow Dry Styling worth Rs. 4500 for just Rs. 500! Sounds amazing, right? Yes, this is why I didn’t think twice before taking it! It’s a steal deal! Now, the catch is that all these things get over in less than 40 minutes when you actually go there! For those of you who get hair spas often would know that the entire process involves 5 mins of hairwash, 5 mins of applying the hair spa, half an hour of massage, 10 mins of steam and 5 mins to rinse. So that’s about an hour when you go to any other salon. Do the math for the remaining offers in the deal!

The Experience– After taking an appointment, I reached the salon and was made to wait for about 15 mins. Vikas Marwah himself was there so I didn’t say anything. Also, they seemed to be understaffed because there was just him and a lady doing all the work. When my turn finally came, I was asked if I’d like a haircut by him (Rs. 500 more) or by the lady. I didn’t care because I wanted a trim so I said I’m ok with the lady cutting my hair. Once the hairwash was over, Mr. Marwah himself started applying the hair spa cream. I was like ‘Waah’! So nice that the owner is down to earth and does these things himeslf. Then the massage started and got over in 5 minutes. I didn’t even relax completely and it was over. But I do know that I felt as if my brain was dented with the amount of pressure he put with a combination of a rush and frustration. I chose not to say anything thinking there’s a lot left. But I was wrong! My hair was then tied and it was time for steam. This went on for about 7 minutes. I was taken next for a hairwash by the lady after which she trimmed my hair. Barely any cutting involved. Luckily, Vikas Marwah decided to do the honours by atleast blow drying my hair properly. And that was that.

Verdict– So I was just thinking…They claim that all these services are worth Rs. 4500. They either think the customers are stupid or are trying to cover up losses by conning people with their so-called deals! Understaffed with bad service and no value for money, Vikas Marwah’s Hair & Beauty salon is the worst salon I have ever been to! Sorry but it’s the truth!

Rating– 1/5

 

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Feb 28 2013

Sawadee- Thai Body Spa, Bandra- Review

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Sawadee spa, bandraI went for a spa after so long! Oh my god! That too ‘cause I’m less kadka now! I must thank Timesdeal.com because of which I could go to Sawadee- Thai Body Spa for a very reasonable foot spa! Here’s my review!

The deal– 60 minutes of Thai Traditional Foot therapy which includes back, shoulders, arms, head and neck massage and a cup of Herbal Tea at the end. The actual cost is Rs.1200 but I got it at Rs. 450 (Inclusive of taxes).

The Ambience– Sawadee Thai Body Spa is located in Bandra and Juhu. I went to the Bandra outlet at Linking road, 3rd left in the KFC lane. The first thing you notice when you walk into Sawadee is the smell. It smells of aromatic oils and lemongrass and I was looking forward to seeing the interiors. The place is dark, like any other spa with dim lighting. They have two recliners for foot massages and a few small rooms for the full body massages divided by curtains. The music they play is nice and calming, perfect to make you feel relaxed. But it didn’t exactly go as I’d wished because the reception area and the first booth (foot therapy room) had just a curtain in the middle so I could hear the receptionist talk to people on the phone and customers there.

The Experience– My feet were first cleaned with a warm wet cloth and I was made to relax on the recliner. The masseur then started with the traditional Thai foot therapy which went on for about half an hour. The next half an hour was a dry back, shoulders, arms, head and neck massage including stretches and that was awesome! I think I enjoyed the second half of my massage more than the first half. At the end of the session, they serve herbal tea with sugared ginger on the side. My masseur’s name was Sang and he did a great job!

Verdict– I’m so glad I got to try Sawadee, thanks to Timesdeal’s superb offer. I paid Rs.450 for an hour of heaven! My experience as a whole was great and I’m definitely going back there soon!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Oct 28 2010

The Orange Tree Studio, Breach Candy- Review

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I’d been wanting to go for a spa since more than 2 months now and was waiting till I thought I could afford to go for one soon. Luck is always by my side *touches wood* and this time, it came in the form of SnapDeal. In short, it’s a site that has some pretty awesome deals for kick ass prices! The deal I chose was to get a Deep Tissue Body Massage at The Orange Tree Studio at Breach Candy.

The Process– Ok first of all, this massage is only for women. You’re given a green tube dress to change into. Once on the bed, the masseuse applies powder all over your body and gives you a dry massage. Once that is done, you get a hot olive oil massage all over your body. The pressure applied was just perfect.  Steam is what comes next. Now I had a problem with that. They had a small steam machine instead of a steam room. If a person is to get steam after a massage, on the whole body, it is but obvious that a small machine which needs to be moved around wont do justice. Also, after the steam, they had hot wet towels to wipe off the oil from the body. I’d have liked a shower room but I guess it was ok.

The Experience–   The Orange Tree Studio is not a dimly lit place exclusively for spas. It is a studio with multiple services. You’ll find clean white walls with olive green salon chairs as you enter. They do everything from haircuts to styling to massages and what not. So it’s a bright happy place and there is a separate massage/ waxing room where I had to go. The room had 2 beds and a curtain in the middle. No dim lights again. For the massage though, they switched off the lights and kept just one white light on. (Thank god!) Also, there was no soothing background music or candles. The massage was great though! Good pressure. Nice and relaxing but too short. I think it was less than 45 mins. I just didn’t get why it was called the “deep tissue massage” because to me it was a regular body massage. So experience-wise it was alright.

Cost & Duration– The Deep Tissue Body Massage actually costs Rs. 1300 for 45 mins, but thanks to Snap Deal it cost me only Rs. 349.

Verdict– The Orange Tree Studio is a nice place and the massage is decent. With a few changes in the ambience for their spas/massages, it would be frequented more often for sure!

Website http://www.theorangetreestudio.in/

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Jun 26 2010

Head (dead) massage at Hong Kong Beauty Parlour, Colaba

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I can’t decide if it was a head massage or if the female was making halwa on my head! I entered the place thinking I’ll get a cheap head massage ‘cause the name itself sounds like the cost won’t be too much. But the lady said its 300 bucks for my length of hair (shoulder length) for an hour’s massage. I thought it was too much for the place but agreed anyway.

The female giving me the head massage must’ve put like 10 drops of oil and was hardly even pressing it. I had to ask her to put some pressure and oil and only then she started putting in some effort. Luckily I was handed a magazine to read otherwise I would’ve lost it! For the first time, I didn’t close my eyes and enjoy it… I was wide awake and reading! That’s not how massages are supposed to be! Anyway, so she tried pressing my head for about 45 minutes and thankfully the pressing was over. The next thing was steam for the hair. Ok. So I imagined a normal steam machine to put on my head for about 10 minutes. What I see instead is a hot towel! Now that’s the last thing I expected from a beauty parlour, that too in Colaba! How can they not have a steam machine!  So after steaming my head 5 times with the hot towel, it was finally over!

The funny part in the end was that the lady who owns the place comes to me and asks me if my hair falls a lot. So I tell her no no not much… so she tells me I should not condition my hair! Can you believe it? This is the first time I heard something so ridiculous from a lady who owns a beauty parlour!

Anyway, I guess she wanted me to come back to her beauty parlour again because she gave me a 50 rupees discount. So I ended up paying 250 which is still 50 bucks more than the other places I go to for a head massage!

Verdict– Ha! I’m so not going there again!

Cost & Duration – Rs. 300 for 1 hour.

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Jun 13 2010

L’Oreal Hair Spa at Harsh Salon, Juhu

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Last evening I had some time to kill before dinner and I was at Juhu so thought, chal, time to get a good hair spa. I’ve been going to Harsh since the past 2 and a half years now and not once have I left disappointed.

The thing about Harsh is that most people, after hearing the name itself think it might be some weird, small beauty parlour. But it’s a nice place…OK they don’t have super stylish people dressed in the best clothes and the salon may not play the kind of music you’d like to listen to (they play bhajans), but they’re brilliant at their work and will give you great haircuts and whatever you’re going there for.

So as I was saying, I went there for a Hair Spa yesterday. For those who don’t know, a hair spa is basically a protein treatment for  different types of hair. For example, my hair is coloured and has been falling. So they mix the L’oreal hair spa cream with some other cream which is for my hair type, and then apply it.

They first shampoo your hair and then apply the hair spa cream. Massage it for a good 20-25 minutes and then steam it and then wash it again. At the end of it, your hair is smoother, smells awsome and looks healthier.

Verdict: The L’oreal Hair Spa at Harsh is great! A hair spa which will make you feel awsome about your hair! The best part is that when the guy was drying my hair, I thought my fringes needed a trim, so I just asked him how much would it cost for me to trim it a bit. He said, “Arre kuch nahi…aapke liye free”. So the service is excellent too. I definitely recommend this to everyone! Value for money.

Cost & Duration: Rs. 600 for 45 mins

Location: Harsh Salon, near Juhu Gymkhana.

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