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By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona—
Beauty takes pain. Or at least that’s what my mama always told me, and anyone who has been waxed is sure to agree that being “bikini ready” is not for wimps. While beauty treatments may sting, they don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.
Here are my top salon spots in Barcelona for keeping trimmed and tanned.
Hair Salons & Spas:
Carrer Atlantida, 53
(+34) 93 187 32 36
Onda is my number one pick for a kick-butt haircut in Barcelona. A cut, wash and styling at Onda will set you back €25, which is not the cheapest gig in town, but very reasonable. Plus, they do a great job. You’re getting a €60 haircut at Onda for less than half the price. Yes, they are that good. Any of the stylists (all Italians) can do the job.
Around the corner from Onda is another Onda “Spa” offering massage, waxing, pedicures, manicures, and even hair extensions. Again, their prices are fair and the product is top-quality.
C/ Argenteria, 70-72
C/ Tallers, 35
La Pelu is another reputable salon with several downtown Barcelona locations. I went to them for years. They turned me dark brown, blond and even strawberry blond. The last color treatment I got from them was a dark red. I wanted to look like Julianne Moore. It will take more than a trip to the salon to do the trick, I found out. Not only did I not look like a Hollywood starlet, I looked strange and two-tone. I’ve never been back to La Pelu since.
However, I did have years of really good hair service at La Pelu, so I think I just got a dud of a stylist that day. I’d say go for a cut or styling, but skip the color treatment, just to stay on the safe side.
“Don’t let your Spanish come between you and your hair.” This is the slogan at the Anthony Llobetsalons, where the hairdressers speak English. It is important to be able to communicate when you’re getting a trim and Anthony Llobet, the owner of the now five Anthony Llobet salons around Barcelona, knows this.
Anthony Llobet is English/Catalan, and came to live in the city 20 years back with little knowledge of Spanish. The rest is history. His salons are hip and fun, decorated in a funky vintage style. A wash, cut and blow-dry/iron will set you back €35.
Aire de Barcelona
Paseo Picasso, 22
Tel: (+34) 902 555 789
Finally, if you want to treat yourself to some spa time in healing waters, book an appointment atAire de Barcelona, an urban spa with a twist. Aire de Barcelona is a Hammam offering several heated pools and treatments.
Their least expensive option is the “Thermal Bath + Aromatherapy” for €28. This deal includes dips in their three pools, tea and water in their chill out room, access to Hammam and Jacuzzi and a salt bath. You should leave looking very much like a raisin. The same package with a massage is about €10 more.