Hi lovelies, hope your week is off to a great start! I know mine is because I had the pleasure of receiving some pampering at Holtz Spa and Rinaldo Hair Designers here in Ottawa this past weekend. They were so kind as to offer me a Skin Specific Advanced Facial, as well as a hair wash and blow out. Spoiler alert: I will 100% be recommending you check them out if you haven’t already, or to return if you were looking for something new to try there! I am feeling so relaxed today all thanks to my amazing pampering session on Saturday. I was treated so well and I can’t wait to go back again.
Let’s get into the review!
Skin Specific Advanced Facial- Holtz Spa
The website describes this facial as “At Holtz Spa we pride ourselves on our Advanced Skincare Services. Following a thorough examination of your skin, our specialist will prescribe a custom facial designed to address the specific needs of your skin. Advanced Facials can address problematic skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and signs of aging.” This is 100% accurate and exactly what I received. I had the pleasure of having Klara who has been with Holtz Spa for 30 years and working in skincare for 35 to do my facial. She examined my skin and I was amazed at how she could tell exactly what my skin type was and she then went into details about what it needed. I don’t have any specific skin conditions such as the ones mentioned above, but she said I have combination skin that is a tiny bit sensitive and that it was slightly dehydrated. Klara recommended a Hydra RX facial with the silver line they carry at Holtz Spa. I was shocked to hear my skin was dehydrated because I actively make sure I drink lots of water, and I have a skincare routine I do every single night and day. But she was definitely correct because at the end of my facial I could tell my skin was more hydrated. She said this had a lot of hyaluronic acid in the treatments and this will help to boost my skins moisture where it is needed, but not upset or clog the oily parts of my skin. In case you didn’t know Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in our bodies between our connective and neural tissues and as we age we tend to lose it in our skin. Hyaluronic acid is so popular because it can hold 1,000x its weight in water, so it has an amazing ability to keep your skin hydrated! Hyaluronic acid is also what is found in fillers as well.
I’ll break down the steps of my facial in bullet point form so it’s easier to follow:
- Skin cleansing
- Hyaluronic acid mask
- Hyaluronic acid serum
- Hyaluronic acid cream
- Foot massage and cream
The products used on my skin were medical grade products by Dr. Babor and provided amazing results, AND they did not irritate or upset my skin whatsoever. I could really feel the quality in each product used and was really impressed with how well my skin absorbed them. Even the mask she put on my face wasn’t a traditional mask that is tight and itchy or makes your face dry afterward, it was hydrating and felt so nice to have on. Overall my facial experience was fantastic and I am so pleased with my result. My skin is hydrated, looks healthy and glowing and she also got rid of those annoying blackheads that remain on my nose no matter how well I take care of my skin. I felt so relaxed and she kept checking on me to ask if I felt ok and to make sure I was comfortable. Klara was so sweet and she has such a positive energy. I was really impressed with how kind she was and how she really took her time and made me feel like I was important.
Holtz Spa also offers a WIDE range of services:
- Skincare (facials and medi facials)
- Massage therapy
- Body treatments
- Manicures and pedicures
- Esthetics (makeup, lashes, eyebrows, tanning, waxing)
- Men’s services
Wash and Blow Out- Rinaldo Hair Designers
Hello volume! I had the pleasure of having Emanuela do my hair and she was so much fun. I’d like to start this part of the review off with a quote from Emanuela regarding their services, she said “Our philosophy here is to enhance beauty that women already have, that is our main goal” and I just thought that was so nice to hear. I was brought to sit down in a comfy chair with a foot rest to have my hair washed and a scalp massage.
Following this Emanuela took me to her station to do my blow out. Side note: I love the set up in here, there are lots of windows and the stations are white with huge mirrors so it’s super light and airy in there and it has a crisp and professional feel. She treated me to a peppermint tea and a biscotti and told me about her blow drying method and gave me some pretty cool tips and tricks.
She was trained by Rinaldo and so I was really thrilled I was lucky enough to get her to do my hair! She explained that her blow outs are full of weightless volume. I LOVED the sound of that as I can’t stand having a ton of product in my hair. She only used two products in my hair and to be honest only for I saw her put them in my hair, I wouldn’t even have known there was product in it. Because you honestly can’t feel it as they didn’t weigh my hair down at all. She used Davines products (from Italy) and they are of very high quality. She used the All In One Milk which is a protector, adds shine, tames frizz and detangles. WOW does this ever detangle hair! I got a bottle of this because it works SO well. She sprayed a bit in my hair and was able to comb through it with such ease. Since I have some bleach highlights in my hair normally it is dry and hard to comb through. But using the All In One Milk made it so easy and I even did it at home myself and it truly has amazing detangling power. Following this she used Davines Liquid Spell in my roots and distributed it throughout my hair with a comb and this product adds weightless body.
Following this she blow dryed my hair and I wish I had the skills she has to make it as voluminous as she did.
She finished off by adding some raw textured waves to my hair with a full on root around the parting of my hair with a curling wand.
Lastly there was a little spritz of hairspray and I was good to go! Here are some photos below of my final result so you can see the magic she worked.
Rinaldo Hair Designers offer a WIDE range of services as well:
- Hair styling (cut, blow dry)
- Colouring (full colour, half head foils, full head foils, bleach & toner, balayage, ombre, perm etc)
- Prom or special occassions
- Hair extensions
- Eyelash perm/or extensions
I had a fabulous time and I can’t wait to return! So before I left I booked myself an appointment to get my hair done (colour and cut) for next weekend! I will write a blog post on this also next week. I also have to throw in there that for those of you who may be scared to go to a spa or hair studio because you feel intimidated, you really don’t have to be because they are so kind. I know a few people who are a bit uncomfortable going to certain places because they feel like staff at these sorts of places can be pretentious or judgmental. But I can assure you that all of the staff are so kind and really want to make sure you have a great experience. You don’t have to be scared to ask questions as they are so happy to answer them. They made me feel so comfortable and wanted me to feel “at home” and because of that, this is another reason why I am giving them a 10 out of 10 rating.
I think it’s also great how the spa and hair studio work together and are in the same unit/ location. This means it’s a one stop shop for all of your beauty needs! For more information on services offered, pricing and to book an appointment you can visit Holtz Spa by clicking here and Rinaldo Hair Designers by clicking here. Also check out my Instagram and my stories for more posts on my visits here!Follow me on social media: