Treat Yourself: Self Care Tips From Salon Aria + Spa


School is back in session, the routine is setting in, and it is time for us moms to take a BREATH. Luckily, we have our friends at Salon Aria + Spa to help us out with that! Not only do they have an endless list of self-care services at their two locations in the Quad Cities, but they’re also sharing some tips on how you can treat yourself AT HOME. So, whether you have a couple hours to spare at the spa, or you only have a few minutes of quiet in your living room at the end of your long days, we’ve got you covered.

Treat Yourself At Home

Hair Treatment: Give your hair some love and at the same time take care of you!!

Pour a glass of Aveda’s comforting tea-either chilled or hot, and light your favorite Aveda soy candle (choose from either Rosemary Mint or Shampure–both smell AMAZING!) Take a few deep breaths. Cleanse with recommended shampoo, towel dry, and apply appropriate hair masque to deeply penetrate and condition. Comb through using Aveda’s wide-tooth comb. Cover with Aveda’s hair towel, and take a few moments to enjoy your tea while taking some time to meditate or take a few cleansing breaths.

Spa Treatment: Enjoy a day at the spa from the comfort of your home. Whether you have just a few minutes, or want to give yourself a full treatment, Aveda offers many choices for you to get relaxed and treat yourself. Again, start by pouring a glass of comforting tea and lighting your favorite candle. Take a few deep breaths. Cleanse your face with recommended cleanser, tone, and apply masque (deeply penetrates nutrients into your skin). While the masque is working, take a few more cleansing breaths and enjoy some tea. After the masque process is complete, utilize our jade roller along with your favorite moisturizer to help in relaxation-its cooling effects will calm the skin and assist in allowing moisturizer to absorb deeper into the skin. A quick pressure-point massage around the eye area with Aveda’s eye cream is a simple way to help relieve stress and provide hydration, helping with puffiness and darkness around the eye area (and all the moms said AMEN).

Don’t have a lot of time? We feel you. Simply lighting an Aveda candle and taking a few breaths of your favorite aroma can be done anytime of day to provide much-needed care to yourself.

Feeling a little tired in your busy mom life? Apply a few drops of our cooling oil and massage on your temples and behind your neck–it feels amazing and gives you a BURST of energy.

Give yourself a much-deserved break: Use our hand and foot relief to massage your hands and feet before you climb into bed at night, or before you start the chaos in the morning. It feels great and gives hydration to your over-worked hands and feet. Self-massage can also be done with Aveda’s cooling and stress fix products, which are proven to reduce cortisol levels and can be used in the bath, as a foot soak, or for massaging with lotion or cream.

Morning, noon or evening–wherever you find the time–grab a cup of tea, light a candle and give yourself permission to take care of YOU for 5 minutes of meditation-this can revive, ground or relax us busy moms when we need it most. Aroma alone has many amazing benefits -our chakras are functional aromas that will help to give us what we need anytime of the day.

Treat Yourself At Salon Aria + Spa

Salon Aria + Spa is an independently owned and operated full service Aveda Lifestyle Salon and spa. They opened in September 2004 with a vision to make a difference within our community, for their guests and for their team members. They continued with their mission of creating a customized experience for guests when they opened our second location in May 2014. Salon Aria strives to create a team culture centered around the value of family, growth and customer service. They are also proud to align with Aveda’s mission of ethical and sustainable business practices and its high-fashion aesthetic. They share Aveda’s exceptional standards of quality products, treatments, and guest care, and everything their team does reflects the standards of an Aveda salon.

Check out all of the AMAZING ways you can treat yourself at Salon Aria!


Hair Cut & Style: Your journey begins with a cup of Aveda Comforting Tea and a custom consultation that involves balancing face shape and features to craft the optimal cut for your lifestyle. Salon Aria styles are customized with aroma and a choice of a hand and arm massage, relaxing scalp massage or a finishing makeup touch-up. Guests also leave with product recommendations for maintaining the health of their hair and style at home. Textured styles are also available; these styles are recommended for textures 3A-4C.

Color, Texture and Hair Therapy: Stylists customize color to add dimension, expression and movement. Services also offer the option to create or reduce texture from the hair.Perms create additional texture in hair. From the subtlest wave to the tightest coil, they offer a range of options to create your specific look. Kerashine Conditioning Smoother offers a range of options to reduce texture and volume in the hair. The service can reduce frizz or give the result of sleek and straight. To compliment these services, guests are invited to choose from a relaxing hand massage, relaxing shampoo and finishing makeup touch-up. You will also be given product recommendations and styling tips to recreate your look at home.

VoMor™ Extensions: VoMor™ is the perfect solution for adding volume, length, or color. VoMor™ hair is ethically obtained and sustainably sourced. Whether you are looking to add significant length or simply add some volume, we can customize using either tape-in extensions or hand-tied extensions. This service can be added onto your existing hair appointments or as a standalone appointment. We will incorporate a stress-relieving ritual, an aromatic steamed towel and a finishing makeup touch-up. Your stylist will provide you with the recommended products and styling tips to recreate your look at home. **All extension services require a consultation prior to the service to determine the desired outcome and to order hair, if necessary.


Facials: Salon Aria spa experiences are based on Aveda’s Elemental Nature℠. The five elements that are part of any physical being; infinity, air, fire, water and earth.Each has their own delicate balance in your body and when one or more of these elements becomes out of balance, your body reacts both physically and emotionally. Stress, environment and diet can trigger imbalances such as acne, sensitivity, irritability, premature aging and body pain.  Their goal is to help you become re-balanced by customizing your spa experience according to your Elemental Nature℠, so you can maintain your daily well-being. All services are catered to address your whole-body needs. Recovery starts with a consultation—your spa therapist will design a treatment for you based on high-touch techniques, pure aromas that de-stress and professional products that produce results.

Body Treatments: Our body treatments (Aria Rejuvenating Body Wrap or Aria Body Polish Treatment) are designed to exfoliate, hydrate and balance the mind, body and soul using your customized aroma.

Brows, Lashes & Nails

Wax: Your wax service (eyebrows, lip/chin, face, legs, arms, back, bikini, Brazilian) will include a calming aroma combined with pressure point techniques to enhance your experience.

Brow & Lash Treatments: These services include brow tint/stain, lash tint, henna brow tint, lash lift, brow lamination, and microblading (upon consultation)

Nails: ​​Take care of your hands and feet with Salon Aria’s specialized nail services. Our therapists pay attention to detail and stay current on new nail treatments and techniques. Services include classic manicure, gel manicure, acrylic full set, fills, and pedicure.

Phew! Now if that list doesn’t have you ready to TREAT YOURSELF, I don’t know what will! Whatever your pleasure, chances are Salon Aria has something for you. And just one more reminder — you DESERVE it!

Important Announcements

Exclusive to Quad City Moms!

  • Giveaway: Salon Aria is giving away a $100 Gift Card to one lucky Quad City Moms follower! To enter to win, visit our Facebook page and our Instagram, too!
  • QCM Exclusive Gifts: In case you missed it, Salon Aria has two exciting specials happening just for YOU, our readers and followers. New to the salon? Share our page and receive $20 off your first service of $40 or more. Already a guest of the salon? Share our page and receive a FREE gift when you visit the salon!

Save The Date: Salon Aria’s Holiday Event

Last, but most certainly not least, be SURE to save the date for Salon Aria’s annual Holiday Event: Saturday, November 19th from 1-5PM. If you’ve never attended this event, it is a MUST do on your holiday schedule–stop by to get a fun hair style and sample some other services, and enjoy some awesome discounts on Aveda products and exclusive holiday gift sets–perfect for ALL of the ladies on your list!!

*Be sure to follow us on Facebook, as we will be giving a sneak peek at the event. Can’t wait!

We partnered with Salon Aria + Spa to bring this extensive self care guide to you, the moms of the Quad Cities. You deserve a BREAK!

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Sara and her husband Matt (sweethearts since they were just 16) got married in 2007, and since then have welcomed four beautiful children (Sam in 2008, Cooper in 2010, Nora in 2012, and baby Adam James in December 2015). A born-and-raised Iowan, Sara received both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees (in Spanish Literature) from the University of Iowa. After teaching Spanish at every level (from Kindergarten to college!) for nearly 8 years, she fell in love with the City Moms Blog Network and, along with Kaitlyn, launched Iowa City Moms Blog in 2013 and Cedar Rapids Moms Blog in 2016! Since then, she has transitioned to a full time work-from-home mom, and could not be happier about this change!


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