Beauty Gift Guide 101

Right now is the best time to ask everyone for their wish-lists and to start buying their gifts one at a time so you won’t be spending all of your money at once just before the holidays.  I realize that’s easy if you already know what everybody wants.  But, what if you don’t have any idea on what your female in-laws, lady boss, or girlfriend(s) want?  This season steer away from restaurant gift cards, shopping gift cards (e.g. Nordstroms, Macy’s, etc.) which is already their destinations this holiday anyway.  Giving the gift of beauty gives them a chance to feel and look great during or after (especially after) the chaotic holiday season.

 Picking the right salon:  Find out where her favorite beauty sanctuary is, the one she frequently goes to, or find a similar place or someplace unique you think she would want to try, or even your own hair hideaway if they’re known for their exceptional service and results.

Choosing the Services:  Find out if they have any salon/spa packages available.  Sometimes those packages are offered at a discount (you can sometimes get 10-25% discounts when buying bundles of services).  Always check for salon/spa promotions.  Avoid selecting services like haircut, color, or straightening unless you know your gift recipient is looking for a new stylist or you’re recommending them to your own hairstylist who you happen to adore.  Blowout, facial, mani/pedi and massages are the types of services that don’t demand much loyalty and there’s little risk of messing up those services.

Hair Products and Styling Tools:  If your friend complains about her unruly mane, or curls which refuse to hold, BAM! that’s an idea for you on what to get her!  You can’t go wrong by giving salon exclusive products (L’Oreal Professionel, De Fabulous, DevaCurl/DevaCare, to name a few), just ask the manager or receptionist which is their best seller.  Or consult with one of the stylists about which product would be great for your friend’s hair type.  Appliance-wise, choose the one that’s ceramic-ionic for blowdryers and ceramic titanium for flat-ironing/curling.  Avoid anything with tourmaline, which begins to breakdown and leave unmanageable residue on the hair.