Orlando Spas: A Recessionista's Guide

Getting a massage or haircut on the cheap isn't as hard as you think during this recession. Local schools are providing advanced students with an opportunity to put their skills to the test, while giving customers the star treatment as well as bargains galore. Find out which salons and academies are giving you more for your money.

Updated: June 09, 2009

Spa Treatments for Less


Central Fl School Of Massage

450 N Lakemont Ave Ste A, Winter Park, FL 32792

Experience a soothing massage by advanced Central Florida School of Massage Therapy students in Winter Park. The massage school clinic offers a 50-minute light Swedish relaxation massage for $35. Note that a clinic health form must be completed, signed and returned for approval to the clinic director prior to making your first appointment.


Christine's Nails

1929 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792

Get a manicure or pedicure at Christine's Nails in Winter Park. The nail salon has numerous technicians who wait on their clients hand and foot. Manicures and pedicures are $20 and up, including nail polish. Relaxing pedicures take place in massage chairs. Bonus!


Starbutts Salons

501 N Orlando Ave Ste 215, Winter Park, FL 32789

Don't have time to lay out by the pool or go to the beach to work on your tan? Head to Tan 310 in Winter Park where your bronzed look awaits. 20-minute tanning sessions are $8, 10 tans are $65 or get a month's worth for $59. Other tanning packages are also available.


Club Nail & Salon

11229 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32817

Plucking your eyebrows with tweezers can be a pain in more ways than one. Take it easy and have the professionals wax those unwanted eyebrow hairs away for $7, upper lip for $5 and chin for $8 in East Orlando.


Tabloid Salon & Barbershop

631 Brookhaven Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

Professionals chop hair for less at the Tabloid Salon & Barbershop in College Park. The "Extendulator" includes a quick wet or dry trim of the ends, which was designed to extend the life of your haircut and helps grow your hair out at the same time for $15. Bang trims are free.


Royal Nails & Spa

13651 Hunters Oak Dr, Orlando, FL 32837

Pamper yourself with a 30-minute mini European facial for $35 in Orlando. The indulgence includes cleansing, hot wraps, facial massage and a mask. Splurge for the hour facial, which includes deep-cleansing, a warm vapor mist, exfoliation, extraction of impurities, massage and a mask for $60.