From hair to nails, waxes to massages, finding a trusted beauty source can take months, even years – and if you decide to visit or live in another country, the process starts all over again. One of the downsides of being abroad is not having the connections or knowledge to even start your pursuit of keeping groomed. Luckily, Paisa women have high standards when it comes to staying maintained, so there’s no shortage of spas and salons across the city. Here’s your rundown of the best places for women’s beauty in Medellín.
Calle 8 #37A – 37 $$$
Ambroxia is well-known in the expat community due to the star hairdresser, Vladimir, who trained in London and has years of experience cutting all types of hair. Vladimir also speaks fantastic English, so is a top option for clients who are nervous about expressing what they want in Spanish. The salon itself is modern and clean, and the staff are extremely welcoming.
Carrera 36#10C – 228, Local 234 Primer Piso $$$
Taking a more traditional approach to hairdressing, Livana is ideal for simple cuts and coloring, along with keratin treatments for damaged hair. They’re additionally known for their color correction skills, which is joyous news if you’ve had a disastrous hair experience beforehand. The salon is always spotless and there’s also an outdoor patio area if your significant other is waiting. The staff are especially attentive, and the owner speaks English.
Carrera 43A #6 Sur – 26 $$$
Claudia is a great option for a cut or color. Most of the staff have trained nationally and internationally, so are confident treating hair different to Colombian women’s, and are always friendly with clients. The salon is an ambassador for L’oréal Paris in Colombia and exclusively uses The Carecut scissors – which retain the hair’s natural moisture when being cut, meaning it stays healthier for longer.
Carrera 30 #9A – 53 Edifico Mall 10 PH $$$$
Best suited for coloring, Praga specializes in highlights, tinting and balayage. The expert colorists are trained to treat all hair types and have received high praise from extranjeras who have visited in the past. Prices can be high for Colombian standards depending on what you want, but the quality and lasting color is well worth it.
Mall Palmagrande Carrera 38 #18 – 101 Local 149 $$
For stylish, on-trend nail fashion, Sterling Grace Nails y Spa is the top choice. The salon has a collection of fun, colorful patterns and nail accessories for both hands and feet, along with skin hydration treatment, nail straightening and nail maintenance. The atmosphere is always warm and happy in the salon, which does makeup tutorials and eyebrow waxing too.
Calle 10A #40 – 60 $$
Whether you’re looking for a simple French tip or something more adventurous, Glow Nails is one of the highest-rated nail salons in Medellín. All the manicurists are trained in nail health and are accustomed to working with different nail strength and shapes, plus, there are plenty of unique acrylic designs to choose from.
Calle 15A #30 – 170 $$$
Rated for its excellent customer service and attention to detail, La Beaute doubles as a hairdresser and nail salon. The nail technicians offer permanent and semi-permanent nail treatments, along with traditional manicures, a variety of vibrant colors and nail jewelry, plus aftercare products.
Cra 36 #10 – 34, Piso 2 $$
Praised by women for its natural products, highly-qualified waxers, and quick, effective treatments, Akzara is the go-to place in Medellín for a wax. Hair removal treatments range from armpits, eyebrows, legs, bikini, and face, starting from as low as $8,000 COP and peaking at $65,000 COP. The spa also has weekly offers on treatments, so be sure to check the website for a bargain before booking.
Carrera 46 # 10 Sur-21 $$
Known as a space for spiritual and physical renewal, the Viva Spa Poblado is ideal for women looking to make a day of being beautified. Although located in the middle of Medellín, the spa is surrounded by lush, green nature and provides multiple relaxation therapies. Ask for Elizabeth for waxing – she comes highly recommended – and choose from standard waxes or package deals for multiple body areas.
Spas & Massages
Calle 11 #30A – 21 $$
Eva has years of experience working as a masseuse, as well as plenty of reviews that compliment her healing abilities. Eva offers deep tissue, Thai, Swedish or Reiki massages, given in a zen setting with aromatherapy, candles and soft music. After each massage, Eva uses a routine of yoga-like stretching that ensures any knots or pressure points are completely relieved.
Calle 27 Sur #45 – 40 $$$
Masseuse Trudy is a hit with locals and foreigners alike – having received her training in Belgium, she speaks Spanish, English, French and Dutch, and is known for expert technique. Trudy’s treatments include relaxation massages, sports massages, therapeutic massages, migraine massages and foot reflexology, and can be 40 minutes to 1 and a half hours. Clients should message in advance to schedule an appointment.
Calle 10A #34 – 11 $$$$
The effortlessly chic Hotel Diez is not only an excellent place to stay, it additionally has wonderful spa services for guests and day visitors. From massages to body wraps to facials and exfoliation, the spa’s choice of therapies and high-end facilities make it a hidden gem escape in busy Poblado. Some treatments include use of the outdoor hot tub which overlooks the city skyline – a particularly special treat for a spa day with friends.
Carrera 34 #11B – 16 $$$$
Clinica Antienvejecimiento is an upscale spa and anti-aging center, with some of the most impressive amenities in Medellín. The Wellness Center boasts a Finnish sauna, a flotarium, footbath, a Turkish bath, and more. The spa focuses on removing toxins and impurities from skin, as well as general rejuvenation. Their treatments are said to not only have aesthetic benefits but also improve mood and boost the immune system.