Founded by Liz Watt, a trained beauty professional, and business partner and friend Melanie Ess, Boo-ti Parlour stands out because:
1. It spoils customers rotten – you get an iPad to plug into Netflix while you stretch out in an Osim massage chair behind drawn curtains for complete privacy.
2. Facials are carried out in a cosy, partitioned room at the back to minimise noise from the main area where nails are done. When Boo-ti has an event at its second storey space, facials won’t be available due to the noise. But it’s business as usual downstairs for manis/pedis as customers will be plugged into Netflix.
3. According to Watt, Boo-ti Parlour is the first spa in Singapore to offer Sothy’s Homme Facial, “because we want our male customers – we see one for every four women – to experience a facial with products made for their skin”.
4. Boo-ti’s second storey is for skincare, makeup and grooming workshops, and even yoga classes.
“I love how I get a personal iPad to watch Netflix shows so I don’t have to tune in to a communal TV screening a show that I’m not interested in. The Osim massage chairs are super comfy and the best part about the privacy curtain is that I can draw it to avoid awkward conversations with fellow customers. Hygiene is also top-notch as all the tools – including the basins where you soak your feet during a pedicure (here’s a pedicure expose you must read) – are sanitised and sterilized between customers.” – Dione, beauty writer
“The Sothy’s facial is super gentle and hydrating, and I could barely hear any noise drifting in from the main area where the customers do their nails during my session. Watt is a one-woman show as she handles all the facials, so you can be guaranteed personable and friendly service every time.” – Kayce, beauty writer
Opening hours: 10am to 8pm daily. www.boo-tiparlour.com; tel: 6344-4048.
A version of this story was originally published in the October 2017 issue of Her World magazine.