How many hours of pampering time do you have in a week?
Ideally, according to studies, you need at least 30 minutes every day to pause—meaning, you stay away from your phone, set aside your deadlines and deliverables at work, and forget the demands of your life outside the office.
But the reality is: You shut down only when you sleep.
Indeed, "me time" has become a luxury, and not doing something has become a skill that needs to be learned.
The status quo is we relax at least once a week or twice a month.
And when you go to a salon or a spa, for example, you get a maximum of two hours to tune out.
This was what businesswoman Kris Garcia had in mind when she and her partners conceptualized La Provence Modern Salon and Beauty Café, which is located at the Central Square, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
In an exclusive interview held on August 3, she told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), "The concept is like giving our clients unlimited 'me time' here.
"Hindi ka magmamadali. Even our stylists take their time when cutting hair or doing nails because we tell them to do their job well."
Yvette Braga, one of the salon's junior stylists, was a Gold Winner Awardee
at Trend Vision 2018. She will represent Wella Philippines in Lisbon, Portugal.
Ms. Garcia continued, "At present, we have the salon and cafe.
"You can get a haircut, have your hair colored, and get manicure and pedicure, while enjoying tea or coffee.
"You can have a facial and a massage, there are also waxing services and microblading for your brows, our clients can practically stay here the whole day.
"Our next target is to have a mini-boutique here. So it's combining the pampering, eating, and shopping."
Haircut starts at PHP500; For kids, PHP300
Hair color starts at PHP3,100
If you seriously want some quiet time alone, you can book a private room.
Their crepes are heavenly!
But if your idea of "me time" includes your BFFs, then make reservations for a mini-sparty. Call 824-06-99.
Manicure, PHP350; Pedicure, PHP450; Facial, starts at PHP750; Massage, PHP1,200
Among their celebrity clients are Jinkee Pacquiao, Michela Cazzola, Maricar de Mesa, Kylie Verzosa, and MJ Lastimosa, to name a few.