August 15, 2011

MelissaStuff Recommends: Daired’s Salon

 

You know how we get in ruts? For example, I live maybe 3 minutes from the Villages of Allen and Fairview. We are there several times a week for a variety of things, but I go to the same handful of places and don’t always even see the shops I’m driving past to get there.

During the summer, we regularly drive around to the splash area by the fountains and Purple Cow. We almost always go to Great American Cookie. We’ve eaten at Gloria’s a couple of times. But I had no idea there was one of the nicest salon/spas I have ever been to just across from Dillard’s. I have to literally drive within sight of this place and I had no clue.

However, this weekend I was invited to a special spa sampler to help introduce Daired’s to our local community. I have to be honest and tell you I felt like there had been some mistake – this place is so nice, it definitely feels out of my pay grade. However, the basic items offered by the spa are actually priced quite reasonable – massages start at $45 and pedicures start at $35. I generally pay $35 for a pedicure almost anywhere I go, and I would much prefer the staff, atmosphere and quality that I received at Daired’s.

My experience started out with a introductory massage – only 25 minutes due to time constraints, but honestly the best massage I’ve ever received. Cameron, the girl who gave me my massage was petite and I wondered how well she would be able to work on the tough knots in my shoulders. She was so good, it literally felt like her hands were morphing into a machine at times. I didn’t have to tell her where I was sore and what needed attention, she was able to tell by feel and focus on those areas. That’s the kind of massage people would pay a pretty penny for!

The second stop was a pedicure. I got the basic pedicure with a scrub, lotion and nail shaping and painting. But my favorite part was that the ladies doing the pedicures were able to converse with me and I knew they understood what I was asking and trying to tell them. I have had many, many pedicures with ladies who I can’t understand and who can’t understand me. For the same price I pay at these other places, Daired’s will definitely be my default pedicure location from now on.

Then, I met a great girl in the salon. She has hair just like mine, so she was able to make some wise recommendations for treating, cutting and styling my hair. Again, Daired’s services start out quite reasonably – $40 for a basic hair cut. They also run specials and currently have one for all students returning to school:

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Lastly, I received a facial. I couldn’t tell you the last time I’ve had a facial. I kind of have a vague memory of getting one on a cruise during a family vacation when I was a teenager, but that would be the one and only time. I have a really sensitive nose so the smells 0 which were quite pleasant – at times were a little bit much for me. I have no doubt that if I was paying and requested no scent products they would have bent over backwards to accommodate me.

In the end, I felt like a princess. The staff even went and found someone to make hot tea because my throat was scratchy – it wasn’t quite as crazy a request as it sounds since they also have Daired’s Café right next door which serves a whole list of foods for less than 500 calories each.

I can tell you I will definitely be looking for deals, sales and opportunities that will let me return to Daired’s as frequently as possible. They truly are a full service spa unlike anything I’ve ever participated in, but still affordable enough for the average person.

If you are interested in trying out any of the services at Daired’s, please leave a comment with your email address. I have a limited number of coupons available for $20 off your first service!