So you guys that follow me on twitter will remember a little while back I mentioned Zara’s (from mouldyfruit) Moroccan Hammam experience. She got hers done at a popular spa in Morocco. After reading the post I was extremely interested and intrigued. A treatment that’s basically an intense exfoliation of the body, from head to toe. Someone tweeted back that I could get a Hammam done in Lagos at the BNatural spa. I asked So a few days later I was chatting with my girls and mentioned Hammam to them, turned out that one of them was very familiar with it and actually gets it done regularly at BNatural. So we all planned to get it done, set a date and that was that.
BNatural have actually got an entire bungalow, on their premises dedicated to Hammam treatments.
This is where you get changed ( I really should say this is were you get naked and then throw on a robe)
The Process: Blow-by-blow of how it ALLLL went down.
So I get changed out of my clothes, knickers and bra included, and put on the robe I’d been given. The lady comes in and tells me to follow her. She leads me into the hammam room and asks me to take my robe off.
I do and I am completely naked, it’s hilarious. Then she showers me down and rubs some natural soap all over my body; the consistence is oil-like. After she’s got every inch of my body covered in the soap, she leads me to the steam room and asks me to sit down on a towel and shows she a smaller towel and says its just for my eyes. I’m like my eyes? Why would I need a towel just for my eyes? Boy, did I find out why lol! Oh and a little advice ladies, it’s best you have no makeup on, even if you aren’t getting your face done as well. So I sit in the steam room for about 15-20mins, and she comes and takes me back in to the hammam room and showers me down again. After she tells me to lay on my back on a slab, which is basically like a bed but made of marble (lol) with a headrest.
And THEN the scrubbing begins, she starts on one side beginning with my arms and then works her way down and repeats on the other side. I notice little black rolls on my skin and she says that’s all dead skin. And then she tells me to flip over and scrubs scrub scrub. The scrubbing isn’t too painful, I’d describe it as ‘Very Scratchy’. She says my skin is too ‘light’ so she’s not gonna scrub as hard, but boy it was a little too scratchy for me, but bearable. When she’s done she asks me to sit up, then she gets my neck and back of my ears done. After, it’s another shower-down and then she rubs some stuff thats got a menthol scent and a rough texture. And asks me to go back in the steam room for 2mins. Once I’m out she showers it off and that was it!
As much as I loved the Hammam, I didn’t exactly find anything spectacular about it. It’s seemed like a regular body scrub to me. I went along within two of my girls and one of them said the exact same thing. The lady who gave me the treatment did mention I didn’t have that much dead skin (good thing right? I dunno :s ). I felt it was over really quick. But it was a little more than 45mins long. And because of my sensitive skin I got a LOT ‘bruises’. But BNatural actually mention on their site that you are likely to get bruises. Don’t know if they were bruises but there were tiny red dots like on the inner part of my arm and some like clustered. It’s weird to describe. So yeah, that’s my first Hammam experience shared with all you guys.
They’ve got quite a few different hammam options. The one I got was called something ‘Lightening’.. I got this a few months ago so can’t remember (shame on me for my procrastination on getting this up)
REVIEW OF TREATMENT
So I had a reaction to this treatment. I won’t say it’s down to Bnatural, because my friend gets this done alll the time. Although she gets a different type of hammam, I think she gets the regular one. I wanted to ‘experiment’ and it didn’t go well. I got like ‘rashes’ all over my body. They weren’t massive or anything, but they did itch and were very uncomfortable. They cleared up in about 2weeks and didn’t leave any scarring, so that’s alright.
I won’t say I’ll never get a Hammam ever again, but my skin is so so sensitive that I hardly ‘do’ anything to it. I have NEVER even had a facial, I’m THAT scared. But would I recommend a ‘Moroccan Hammam’ to anyone? ABSOLUTELY! It’s an amazing experience, and your skin feels reallly smooth after.
Now because I have been SOOO lazy in getting this post up. I cannot remember how much this treatment cost. But I can give you an estimate.
Hope you enjoyed this post, although it is so late!
PS: My tenses in this post are appalling, I typed this up once I finished the treatment so I’ve got my ‘past’ and ‘present’ tenses all jumbled up. It was typed in the ‘past’ but edited in the ‘present’… lol. I have issues, I know, forgive!
Ever had a Moroccan Hammam? How’d it go for you?