The Rittenhouse is located in Rittenhouse Square in Philly, and to me is somewhat of a landmark. Not only are they a great hotel but they have an even better spa tucked away inside.
The staff was super friendly and made me feel at home right away. I was able to put on one of their plush robes and relax in their waiting area while I waited for my massage to start. They have some great snacks and cucumber water to sip on while you wait. Who am I to turn down food?!
They have a really great variety of massages that they offer, but I had Lori give me The Rittenhouse massage. The Rittenhouse is their basic, customizable massage. Lori was great in working with my problem areas. She used some amazing lavender oil for the massage as well.
As a bonus, I had the scalp massage. O.M.G. I think I could have just had that done and been content for the rest of the day. Lori was really awesome, attentive, and she didn't talk that much, which I find to be refreshing. I don't mind chatting, but when I am getting a massage, I want to really relax. Having a masseuse who understands that makes the massage so much better! Call me crazy, but I just like silence during my massage! Thank you, Lori!
After I was spoiled with my massage, I met with Kirby. Kirby took care of me by giving me two deep conditioning treatments. I have never had these done before so I was anxious to see the results. She used a mint menthol scalp revitalizing treatment for (duh) my scalp, and for my ends she used a moisture mud mask. I had told her my main concerns this time of year (summer) is just the frizz. Fast forward 4 days and my hair still feels pretty amazing from the treatments. With the scalp treatment you also get a nice scalp/head massage!
Roxy took over then and schooled me on braids and tips on how to dry your hair!
She first suggested investing in boar bristle brushes. She said brushing your hair with them, particularly at night draws oils to the bottom of your hair, away from the roots and scalp. Combine bed time application of dry shampoo with using the boar bristle brush and you can go longer in between shampoos!
She also said using the round boar bristle brushes to not only blow dry your hair, but as curlers is a great alternative to hot rollers. It does less damage on your hair. Simply blow dry your hair as you normally would, but leave the brushes in at the root, like you see in the picture. Yes, those are round brushes on top of my head. Genius, I tell you! My hair had SO MUCH volume from that one simple trick!
We had some fun with braids, too! I explained to her how terrible I am at braiding my own hair. She suggested not looking in the mirror when you are braiding your own hair. Totally makes sense if you think about it! I get all backwards when I am looking in the mirror and trying to braid sometimes.
Our first braid was a simple side braid in the front. I was trying to take mental notes during the whole process, because I can't do anything more than just a simple, low braid. (notice the volume at my roots from using the boar bristle brushes).
Instead of leaving the braid hanging, we just looped it back up and pinned it!
The second braid was something I have always wanted to do but could never! Roxy gave me a braided crown, which looked so adorable!
Both braids are a great style alternative for summer hair. It can get so hot some days, that wearing it up is the only option. Having a cute braid is a step out of the ordinary!
Give braids a try, and don't forget to add boar bristle brushes to your daily hair routine. Your hair will be less damaged (because you won't be using hot rollers) and you will be able to last longer between shampoos!
Thank you so much to everyone at The Rittenhouse Spa & Club-Hair by Paul Labrecque! If you are ever in the Philly area, or live in the area, make it a point to go! Lori (in the spa), Kirby and Roxy are amazing!