After a long day of work, chasing after tiny humans, preparing meals and cleaning up all of the messes, it can be hard to imagine how you might be able to carve out some you time. But I always try to remind myself that you can’t pour from an empty glass - and that’s why I was so excited when I was invited out to check out the brand new One Hot Mama Salon & Spa for a little relaxing and spring refresh.
This charming spot is nestled in the heart of the McKernan neighbourhood and with rustic touches throughout it’s cozy home-like atmosphere allows you to just sit back, relax and really enjoy your experience. They offer everything, hair care, massage, nail care, facials and more! But wait…hold the phones…. cause I haven’t even told you the best part yet - CHILDCARE! The rates are super reasonable too - $5.00 per child per hour for the first child, $4.00 per hour for the second child, $3.00 per hour for the third child, and $2.00 per hour for additional children. I don’t know about you but I like to use my grandparent babysitting time strategically and if I can get away with bringing my littles with me to an appointment I certainly will. My 3 year-old Paisley came along with me and she loved their play room, complete with a kitchen, craft table, books and a bed for naps. It’s even setup with a monitor so you can keep an eye on your kiddos without going into the room to disturb playtime.
I went for my weekend appointment to get my hair done, and I left feeling super light and inspired so I wanted to share some mama approved tips and tricks I’ve picked up with help from the staff at One Hot Mama
Top Five Beauty Tips For Moms On The Go
Tackle Bad Hair Days with Trendy Up-Do’s - This tip comes straight from One Hot Mama Owner Amanda Siltala herself - we all have bad hair days, they are unavoidable but instead of fighting back try working with your locks. If you have shorter hair Amanda recommends a half up half down style polished off with a scrunchy - they are back and are a super cute way to turn that bad hair frown upside down. For longer hair try an Elsa-inspired side braid. Amanda says peices of your hair will likely fall out throughout the day and it will make for a super cute lived-in look.
Revive your Curls with a Curling Iron - as many of you know I have naturally curly hair and my entire life up until about one year ago it had never even dawned on me to take a curling iron to it until I saw a beauty blogger use this technique on a morning TV segment. Essentially you take the iron pull out a couple pieces near the top of your head that have maybe lost a little bit of life and you just curl those sections leaving the rest of your mane untouched. This technique really helps tackle frizz and it helps define some of those lazy curls the have lost their bounce. Super simply and it only takes about 5-10 minutes!
Treat Yourself - sometimes the hardest part about keeping up with your look if you’re a mom is actually doing it. It can be easy to get into a routine of messy buns and yoga pants, and although there’s certainly nothing wrong with either of these things (they are definitely staples in my life) - you deserve to treat yourself more often than you do. So book that hair appointment, go get your mani/pedi girl or one of my personal favourites - go see your RMT for a much needed massage, because you’re so worth it!
Say Goodbye to Dandruff - As we phase out of winter into the glorious sunniness of spring it’s always a great idea to show your scalp some love. The dry winter has put your head through a lot if you’re anything like me you may still have some lingering dandruff. Tackle flakes with a simple mixture of equal parts water and apple cider vinegar. Pop it in a spray bottle and apply after you shampoo but before you condition to banish flakes.
Dry Shampoo is your Best Friend - Finally I have a confession to make…. I’ve never actually tried a dry shampoo before ! So I made a point of asking for some beginner tips and tricks from the ladies at One Hot Mama while I was there. I ended up taking home this incredible root reboot and texturizing spray from FLOW. This professional hair care line has all the quality without the super high price tag that some of the other salon brands do - which is always helpful for a mama on a budget. The spray smells delicious, it helped tackle some pieceiness (not a word but i’m making it one) and just gave life back to my day four hair.
I had a fantastic time checking out One Hot Mama Salon & Spa and can’t wait to go back for my my next visit ! For more information and to view all of their services head to their website: www.ohmsalonandspa.com
This post was created in partnership with One Hot Mama Salon & Spa. Services were provided free of charge.