In the Old West, cowboys would often stop by the town salon for a glass of whiskey, a game of poker, and a cleansing exfoliation. Saddle up for shaping up with today's Groupon: for $50, you get your choice of one of three salon or spa packages from M. Lekkakos (up to a $200 value) at their shop in Wenham (minutes from Beverly and Peabody). M. Lekkakos was Boston Magazine's pick for Best Day Spa in 2007 and a Best of North Shore winner in 2009 in the facial category. You can buy up to three of today's deal in order to try one of each package (but you can’t redeem more than one for the same package).
M. Lekkakos, as the salon's name subtly hints, is the beauty-based brain baby that emerged Athena-like from the carefully coiffed cranium of Maria Lekkakos, an internationally experienced and recognized aesthetician and makeup artist who was also Miss Massachusetts in the 2004 Miss USA pageant. Her salon and spa is dedicated to addressing the wellness needs of its customers, and with today's deal, beauty-seeking Bostonians get to choose one of the following three packages:
For the first package, choose from one of three facials for the treatment best suited to your flesh-emoticon's topography. The signature M. Lekkakos facial (a $95 value) uses pure marine oxygen, traditional European techniques, and sea-derived products to cleanse and exfoliate the entire face. The hydra moisture source facial (a $110 value) works to restore a dewy gleam to even the driest skin via amino acids and collagen protein. The wrinkle-control facial (a $140 value) takes red-algae extract enriched with vitamins to penetrate wrinkles and restore overall smoothness. All three facials come complemented with an eye-brightening treatment (a $60 value) to hydrate and tone fine lines, unwanted puffiness, and kangaroo-boxing-related shiners.
The second package delves into the soothing world of 60-minute massage. Choose from three massage techniques: a traditional full-body Swedish ($85), famous for its ability to reduce tension, stress, and apparition-fueled anxiety; a deep tissue ($90), which targets the tensest muscles, relieving pain and keeping musicians from mistaking you for a violin string; or an aromatherapy massage ($95) drawn from the Indian Ayurvedic tradition, which uses scented oils to help ease stressed minds and bodies alike. All massages come with an additional 30-minute scalp massage ($45) to relax your corporeal circus from the big top down.
Door number three conceals a bounteous bounty of hair beautification. A trained stylist will wash, deep condition, cut, and blow-dry your hair (a $115 value) into a new and improved frame for your face, sure to garner compliments from friends, strangers, and smooth-talking tortoises alike. For an additional $75, they'll add partial (a $135–$155 value) or full foil highlights (a $155–$175 value) for tonally transformed head threads.
M. Lekkakos's beautiful spa environment complements the luxurious services it offers. Whitewashed walls, rich furnishings, and soft white drapes tumble like an earnest snowfall and absorb the warm, buttery lighting. Candles and a simple wall décor enhance the simple aesthetic, leaving visitors pleased from the first bat of their eyeballs to the last toss of their mane.
New customers only; appointment required.
M. Lekkakos was named Best Day Spa in 2007 by Boston Magazine (under its former name, Alexander’s), Best of North Shore in 2009 for facials, and has been featured in Fashion Boston and Lucky magazine. Four Citysearchers give it a perfect five-star rating:
Although Maria Lekkakos still possesses the beauty that helped her earn the Miss Massachusetts USA title in 2004, she's far from intimidating—Stuff Magazine calls her "chatty" and "down-to-earth." The outgoing celebrity aesthetician spends her days running a salon and spa that features an ambitious lineup of services. Voted Best Facial of 2010 by Northshore magazine, each facial treatment comes with a skin consultation from a knowledgeable aesthetician, a blend of marine botanicals from Thalgo, and a chorus of "oohs" from wrinkly Ronald Reagan masks. Maria's ability to return skin to glowing youthfulness has drawn attention from Boston Common Magazine_ and a large celebrity clientele that includes Salma Hayek, Leslie Bibb, Rosario Dawson, Brooke Shields and Maria Bello.