Con’s Organic Spa owner Con Ciecko isn't just an expert in the beauty industry. She's also a reiki master and a medical tattoo technician. These specialties, along with her education and training at Michigan and California institutes, have prepared her to execute services that both beautify and relax her clients. Besides kneading muscles with several massage modalities, she cleanses skin with organic facials, bronzes limbs with airbrush tanning, and administers makeup applications for weddings or black-tie viewings of TV weddings. Joined by a skilled staff that includes her daughter Kiya, a massage therapist and nail technician, Ciecko infuses her new spa confines with a welcoming and personable vibe as she helps her clients develop their own signature looks.
When the Douglas J Aveda Institute opened in Knoxville in 2011, it joined a family of institutes and salons that Douglas Weaver started in the 1960s. Here, Aveda students pursue certification in cosmetology and esthiology while practicing their craft on real clients under the supervision of licensed educators. And because students perform the services, the rates are lower than at traditional salons. The Knoxville treatment menu includes hair design—cuts, color, retexturizing—as well as Aveda’s Elemental Nature facials, pedicures, and manicures.
The Institute is inside the historic S&W Grand building, a handsome art-deco landmark that, like a compassionate fairy-tale prince, is equally handsome on the inside. The spa rooms have a rustic balance of exposed brick and wood paneling, and the salon’s geometric light fixtures gleam upon checkerboard tile floors and industrial shelving lined with Aveda’s signature products.
At locations in Franklin, Royal Oak, and most recently Birmingham, experienced aestheticians dissolve stress with soothing massages, facials, and nail treatments that utilize fruit-infused scrubs or oils from Sacred Earth Botanicals. Inside private treatment rooms, techs evict toxins with Dead Sea mud or seaweed body wraps and knead knots into untied shoelaces with aromatherapy massages or therapeutic stretches. Treatments, including a slate of mani-pedis, come in various packages for half-day pampering sessions, with tasty add-ons such as a spa lunch or bubbly sips of champagne. Alternatively, the spa's concierge services take the pampering out of the spa and into the shells of stressed turtles or homes of customers, who may also request assistance with errands, laundry, and grocery pick-up.
Touting an awe-inspiring allotment of awards and recognitions by popular publications, 6 Salon offers a wide range of image-garnishing services. Start your day of beauty with a contemporary haircut ($50+) and permanent hair color ($50+) guaranteed to leave even the frizziest follicular garden well tended and gopher-free. Pull a fast one on the sun with a full-body airbrush tan ($30), and feign eternal innocence with a precise eyebrow shaping ($28). Or, tame ragged cuticles by combining a spa pedicure ($50) and french manicure ($25), which can be enjoyed by digits of any nationality or level of Jerry Lewis appreciation. Regardless of the services rendered, 6 Salon's cutting-edge styling staff is on hand to gently mold your protoplasmic gifts into the height of hair and husk couture.
Alex Emilio Salon, founded by friends Alex Lekocaj and Emilio Giglio in 2001, offers an inedible buffet of beautifying and body-bettering salon services. Metal-band roadies preparing to begin an accounting career can tidy up with a men's haircut ($25+), while female fugitives from justice can adjust their aliases with a haircut ($40+) and a tint ($40+). Hands hampered by too many midnight games of no-glove baseball can delight their digits with a manicure ($20+), and feet still scuffed up from last week's borderline-illegal April Fool's prank can achieve 10-toed tranquility with a spa pedicure ($50+).
Your hands are the astronauts of your body—the first explorers to make contact with whatever's in your orbit—and your feet are the blazing rockets that propel you into space. Don't let your rockets burn out and fall off into the Atlantic Ocean. Take care of your trustworthy extremities with today's Groupon: for $40, you get the signature 5th & Fringe manicure and pedicure with paraffin wax (a $105 total value) at 5th & Fringe Salon & Spa in downtown Royal Oak.