Not happy with your waxing provider? Read this!

Can you imagine being asked to get on your hands and knees to have your wax done? Good grief! But it happens out there at other wax places – every day.

Waxing horror stories abound. Being treated in uncleanly facilities, being attended to by a gum-chewing waxer with multiple piercings, leaving the place still feeling all sticky, getting home and finding missed patches of hair, or worse – ripped skin! We are well-aware of the common complaints of women who regularly wax their bikini areas. Rest assured that we have thought long and hard on how to provide our clients with the best waxing service possible!

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Tipping policies at other spas

People like me in the esthetics business are also consumers and clients of these services. I try to visit different places in the area, or when I am away on a business trip. It’s a great way to get new ideas, and to compare what we’re doing at Total Body Clinic. There’s always room for improvement, so if I see something I like, I try to incorporate it into our business.

On the flipside, there are also things I strongly dislike when I visit spas, skin-care salons, and massage establishments. One of those things would be signs all over the place – in the reception area, dressing rooms, bathrooms, treatment rooms – reminding me that therapists work on tips. Wow! Who knew? I think most clients of a spa, especially an upscale one, realize that therapists, as service providers, depend on tips their livelihood, and gratefully appreciate receiving a gratuity for a job well done. I can’t imagine leaving a spa without having left something for the staff members who just pampered me for the last couple of ours!

At Total Body Clinic, we also greatly appreciate receiving tips, but they are not expected. Tipping should always be left to the discretion of the client. As a client, you will never be reminded to leave a gratuity before you leave.

Another pet peeve of ours is seeing spas and salons requiring clients to leave tips in cash only, never on a credit card. The only reason for such a rule is to hide this income from tax authorities and allow the salons to pay less to their own staffs. Maybe the salons will argue that this keeps their overhead and prices lower, but demanding that clients be complicit in this approach just seems wrong to us. By all means, at Total Body Clinic, if you would like to leave a tip on a credit card, you are welcome to do so!

Thinking of plastic surgery? Include Pre- and Post-Op Lymphatic Drainage in your budget!

Undergoing cosmetic or reconstructive surgery is one of the biggest life decisions a woman will make. But little thought goes into post-op treatment and recovery. Hours upon hours are spent researching plastic surgeons, gathering data on different procedures and analyzing costs. Women often travel thousands of miles – even outside the US – to have their surgery performed, making important sacrifices to their personal and professional lives in the process.

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Groupons are unfair to our faithful clients

We get asked here and there if we offer Groupons or deals from Living Social. The answer is no, and there are many reasons. But the main reason we don’t accept Groupons is because it is unfair to our longtime, faithful clientele.

Groupon and Living Social do offer great deals to people, no doubt about that. And we don’t begrudge people for using Groupons, not at all. We use them ourselves sometimes. But there is no denying that Groupon and Living Social have created a class of client that bounces around from spa to spa, salon to salon, based on the deal of the month being offered.

We’ve read many horror stories of Groupon deals being so wildly successful that the establishments ended up going out of business because they could not afford to offer their service at such a cheap price! Many don’t realize, that when a company offers a Groupon deal at 50% off – say a $100 haircut for $50 – Groupon actually wants $25 of the $50, leaving the merchant with just $25 instead of $100! This may be great for new establishments that need to generate lots of traffic and hopefully land some new, permanent clients. For us, since we rely mostly on repeat business and operate at close to full capacity, this is not the case.

We can’t imagine having to tell clients of ours that we’re fully booked and have no openings, because of the 100s of responses to our Groupon ad. We’re sure our regular clients won’t appreciate taking a back seat to Groupon customers who have come simply to take advantage of a one-time deal.

And furthermore, what we seek as an establishment is to develop long-term relationships with our clientele, welcoming them over and over to our establishment. Rather than giving enormous discounts to bargain-hunting clients, we believe that our faithful, returning customers are the ones who deserve a little extra attention now and then –  a special discount, an additional 10 minutes on their massage, a coupon on their birthday, etc.