HOUSTON (FOX 26) - When you go to a spa, you think of relaxing, cleansing and pampering. All of that can be found with a cultural twist. Hammam, a Moroccan tradition, is anew in Houston.
“In Morocco, we have to go to Hammam once a week and it's on every corner in Morocco,” says Latifa Sluder, who started The Hammam Spa in Houston. Sluder adds that the cultural cleansing ritual is done for men and women of all ages.
All natural products are used that come directely from Morocco. The main ingredient for the process is called black soap. It's a mixture of olive pulp and Argan oil.
“I'm all for doing something different and unique when it comes to skin care,” says Katie, a Houston resident who started Hammam a year ago.
“The rooms are hot and steamy," describes Sluder. "You get in there and on the table. We apply the black soap on, leave it for ten minutes. After that we start scrubbing with a Moroccan glove. It's kind of like a loofah. You see dead skin all over. If you exfoliate with sugar or salt, it just leaves your skin soft for a little bit, but the dead skin is still there. The way we do it, we get the dead skin out. You actually see it.”
“There are no chemicals," says Katie. "It's cleansing, refreshing, relaxing and you get a bit of a cultural experience with it.”
Sluder says that she hopes The Hammam Spa near the Houston Galleria will help people cleanse their skin and spread traditions of her Moroccan culture.