Friday 26 June 2015


I would never have thought to go to a college or uni to get a spa treatment (surely they only happen in fancy hotels and salons, right?), but I was invited along to the Edinburgh College Hair & Beauty Academy, and I was super excited to see what it would be like.

The spa is one of  the UK's first eco-friendly college salons, and it's run in partnership with Wella (for the hair treatments) and Elemis (for the beauty treatments).

I was a bit worried that I wouldn't be able to find the salon within the college (I had visions of wandering halls packed with students), but I was just being daft - as soon as you enter the (super slick) college building, the Hair and Beauty Academy is straight in front of you. The salon is industry-standard, which means it feels exactly like a fancy spa, with soft music, lovely scents, and really friendly staff (the students) who get you settled in. 

I was booked in for a 60 minute Elemis facial (which costs £25 - what a bargain!), and it was such a treat. I don't have much bother with my skin, apart from it getting a bit dry, so after a brief consultation with my therapist, she started the seriously relaxing treatment, and I did my best not to fall asleep!

After my facial was finished and I was feeling suitably cleansed and relaxed, I was invited to try out their flotation therapy bed. This is a dry floatation bed (so you stay fully clothed), which gives you a sensation of weightlessness to allow total mind and body relaxation. It's a bit of a bizarre experience at first, but it's so relaxing, and was a really nice end to my treatments. You can book this as a separate treatment, or combine it with a massage or body wrap.

My skin felt amazing afterwards and I was so impressed with the quality of the salon, the treatments and the service - and it is so cheap compared to other city salons! You can take a look at the price list here, and if you fancy a treatment, the spa is open on Tuesday and Thursdays, 5pm - 7.30pm (making it perfect for a post-work treat!).

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