We all know about Valentine’s Day. You may have even heard of Galentine’s Day. Now, let me introduce you to ‘Solo Celebrations’.

Whether you are single, in a relationship, or “it’s complicated”, Love Month 2024 is all about self-love and treating yourself. It’s the best day of the year! read a lot about why self-love is so important – how you should love yourself before you can love someone else.

But how exactly do you love yourself? For me, it’s taking the time to do what makes you happy, from a special pamper session to being able to express yourself. You don’t need someone else to spoil you. You can feel the love from your first love: you!

One way of expressing yourself is through your hair. Mine is almost always down in curls – some say it looks better straightened, but my wild, curly hair is what I feel most at home in. If you have been stewing an idea for what you’ve always wanted to have your hair look like, Jena Morgan Hair Studio can bring those Pinterest pins to life. Colour, foils, cuts, treatments, styling… it’s all available under one fabulous roof. As one of the best hairstylists in Ballito, Jena knows what your hair needs and makes sure you look and feel beautiful.

It’s time to make a date with yourself and grab a sweet treat at Booba Beautea, the cute pink store that opened up in Ballito Junction Regional Mall. They make and serve the most delicious and beautifully presented boba tea! Their drinks are perfect for the summer heat but are also available in hot options if you prefer. The Signature Brown Sugar bubble milk tea (served hot or cold) is a black milk tea with handmade tapioca pearls and topped with cream cheese and sugar, which is flambéed right in front of you. They also have freshly made mochi desserts on offer, so you can sip, snack and snap a few pics!

With cute nail art all over Instagram, now is the time to finally treat yourself to a unique set. Judith Nails is an intimate salon with 23 years of experience in the nail industry. Choose from gel, acrylic, basic manicures and more. Show some love to your hands that do so much for you but don’t forget your toes! Your feet deserve pampering as well. For your skin, the salon offers microneedling – a minimally invasive collagen enhancement treatment that reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars and acne.

They also have a G5 Cellulite Treatment, which turns solidified fats into free radicals by accelerating the circulation in the body and thus ensuring that toxins are removed from the body. Judith Nails uses only the best products on the market and treats every client like the queen she is!

I love bread. Give me a baguette, some ciabatta or a slice of sourdough and I’m happy. Of course, sandwiches are on the menu when I want to indulge in this carby delight. La Sandwicheria was created for us creative eaters. The idea of opening up a sandwicheria came from the owners’ international travels as they explored the culinary delights of the world. They already brought great bread to Ballito through Yoli’s but wanted to extend their custom sandwich menu that their customers loved so much. Enter the first sandwicheria in South Africa right in our hometown! You can choose your favourite bread (there are also gluten-free and low-carb options) and then add on your fillings from their extensive variety. Go on and get that anchovy and gherkin sandwich – we won’t judge.

Our skin is our largest organ, so it’s important we take good care of it in our self-love journey. Revive by Adele is the local beauty salon for all things skincare. Their experienced aestheticians use Lamelle products to ensure the best possible results. They also offer waxing, massages, botox and homeopathic consultations, among other services, to provide result-driven treatments that are relaxing and rejuvenating.

The unique extras that clients receive with every treatment make the experience in her tranquil space worth every minute. You will walk out feeling completely revived, ready to take on the world.

Of course, your Solo Celebrations aren’t limited to just one day of the year. Make it a priority to treat yourself every once in a while – it’s a date with me, myself and I!

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Words by Cristina Govender