Calling all local readers in the Detroit area: this post is for you…
I hope you enjoy reading about my experience while visiting this salon, and make sure to catch the bottom of this post to enter to win a valuable gift card to apply towards salon and spa services for YOU!
I was recently given an opportunity to go check out a brand-new salon and spa in Downtown Birmingham, Michigan!
After exploring their website and learning more about what Aveda stands for, I was thrilled to take them up on the offer to experience a variety of their services. After spending several hours (and two separate trips) at the salon, I could tell a big difference in what makes an Aveda salon.
The products, services, and mission is centered around the body and mind’s well-being. All products are naturally derived from the Aveda company itself, and the company is focused on caring for individuals and the Earth.
Due to schedule conflicts, I made two separate appointments, one for a hair cut and color and the other for a 90-minute self renewal facial.
Considering it had been nearly a year since I had my hair cut or colored (after dancing, dyeing, and constantly styling it for six years, I wanted to give it a full break!), I was a mix of emotions from eager to nervous to walk into a brand-new salon for hair services.
I knew it was a gamble, but for whatever reason, I was confident in knowing the result would turn out great.
After a chaotic morning of workouts and working the nursery at church, it was a nice break in my day to make the twenty minute drive over for a few hours of me time. The salon is very easy to find, and is located right on the main street of Downtown Birmingham (Maple Road).
I noticed the calming aromas as soon as I walked in, and I was enthusiastically greeted by the co-owner of the salon, Karlyn. She welcomed me to the salon and offered me a beverage while I looked around. (Oh my goodness, the Aveda herbal hot teas are so good!)
(Pampering and gossip magazines go hand-in-hand, no?)
My hair stylist for the day, Katy, did such a great job. She could tell that I was a little uneasy about cutting my hair, and she ensured me that I wouldn’t walk out with anything I didn’t ask for. So, naturally, I put my brave girl pants on and asked for something dramatic. Ha!
I had been trying to grow my hair out for over a year, but it was at a breaking point. No matter how many supplements I took or treatments I tried, it literally wouldn’t grow any longer after a certain point. Frustrated and sick of looking at the sever split ends my almost year hiatus from a cut developed, I got the inspiration to go for a lob (a long bob) via Pinterest and ran with it. Why not, right?
I have clip-in extensions that I like to wear from time to time, so I brought them in for her to match my color. They’re pretty close to my natural hue, and my overall goal these days is to have minimal upkeep.
Katy was awesome. We chatted about everything from personal training to our favorite restaurants to eat in the area, and she made me feel comfortable about what she was doing the entire time. She explained that the Salon Legato experience involves more than just the services you go in for, and gave me a hand, arm, and scalp massage (later at the shampoo table) using essential oils from the Aveda line.
As I was getting a treatment after my shampoo, I casually mentioned that I needed to get my eyebrows shaped, and she went up to the front to see if I could get them done while my treatment was setting.
Ten minutes later, my hair was ready to be cut and my brows were back to normal! I was impressed at how accommodating she and the Legato team was with my subtle mention of needing a service.
After the cut, Katy asked if I wanted my hair to be styled straight or curly. I asked for a loose wave to see what the style could really do!
Within an hour and thirty minutes, I was in and out with a new hairstyle!
Knowing I wanted to snap a few photos, Katy asked if I wanted the “finishing touch” they offer to anyone after any service. She had me sit in a makeup chair and applied powder, blush, and lip gloss (all Aveda products) for me. I loved that!
It took me a good week to get used to my shorter hair, but I can honestly say that I love it now. It takes a third of the time to style than it used to, and it looks cute pulled back in a ponytail for once. (It’s the little things.)
Exactly one week later, I returned to the salon for a much anticipated facial. I can’t remember the last time I treated myself to one, so I was really looking forward to another afternoon of pampering, compliments of Salon Legato.
I arrived a few minutes early, so I sipped on another hot tea while I chatted with Karlyn and briefly waited to be taken back to the spa services room. I was scheduled for a 90-minute self renewal facial with Becca, and she was wonderful.
She had me change into a robe and sit with my feet in a tub filled with warm water and stones while we had a short consultation. She explained that the salon has a mission to truly help clients unwind and dive into the entire experience of “getting away” for duration of time they are there. She asked me a series of questions about my skin, my current skincare routine, and where my trouble areas are, then washed my feet.
(I loved having this extra time to relax and finish my tea!)
I laid on the table and can’t recall the last time I felt that relaxed. In fact, I think I actually fell asleep towards the end while she was giving a stress relieving hand, foot, and scalp massage.
Becca let me pick out my aromatherapy and oil scents (I chose lavender), and explained what she was doing with each step, as well as how it would help my skin. She was very informative, not overly talkative, and threw in a plant peel that would normally come with an additional up-charge.
Like I mentioned above, I’m almost positive that I fell asleep towards the end, which never happens. I have been getting regular massages for years, and I have only fallen asleep once. Ever. I left my hour and a half session at the spa feeling completely rejuvenated!
Now onto the good stuff…
Salon Legato Gift Card Giveaway
If you are in need of a day at the salon & spa and live in the Metro Detroit area (or know someone who does), I have great news for you. Salon Legato has generously offered a gift card to treat you to any service(s) and/or products of choice!
One lucky LIL reader will win a $150 gift card you can redeem at Salon Legato in Birmingham or Farmington.
Leave a comment on this blog post telling me which services you would apply your gift card to (hair cut, waxing, spa services, etc.) and complete at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter.
You have until Midnight Monday, November 23rd E.S.T to enter the giveaway. The winner will be announced first thing Tuesday Morning.
One last segment for the locals…
Salon Legato Holiday Event
You are invited to join the team at Legato this Thursday night from 5-8 p.m. for their annual Holiday Open House & Guest Appreciation Party featuring:
– 25% off Aveda products (<- offered only once per year!)
– 10% off gift sets
– appetizers & refreshments
– complimentary mini-services including mini facials, makeup touch ups, hand massages, shoulder, and neck massages!
The first 50 guests to RSVP will receive an exclusive Aveda gift bag. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it since I will be working at the gym, but I encourage any of you looking to get pampered to attend!
Call 248-385-1166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
I owe a big THANK YOU to Salon Legato for treating me to two afternoons of pampering.
(I snapped this photo right before my facial. Hair – quickly – done by me.)
I look forward to returning in the future, and I only have great things to say about my experience!
Questions of the Day
• When is the last time you treated yourself to a facial or spa service?
• Have you ever been nervous for a drastic hair color change or cut?
Best of luck to those entering the giveaway, and have a fabulous Tuesday!
Disclaimer: I was not compensated to write this post or host a giveaway. Even though I was offered complimentary salon and spa services by Salon Legato in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are mine. Thank you for reading!