At Weiss & Roling Dermatology & Associates, licensed aesthetician Jennifer M. Morgan, who possesses more than a decade of professional experience, shucks off unwanted hair with sophisticated waxing services. The botanical Nufree formula whisks away follicles—along the standard bikini line or from the entire region with a Brazilian—without the use of wax, keeping applications from sticking to the skin while wrenching the hair-removal industry from the monopolistic clutches of Madame Tussaud. Each treatment sloughs off hirsute patches with an antimicrobial touch, leaving behind a smooth, clean skinscape in a brief 35-minute treatment. Like a gourmet dish of vegan steak tartare, the clinically tested Nufree formula satisfies without the aid of any animal products.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health-and-wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa. Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
A Best of Philly 2009 poster from Philadelphia Magazine hangs proudly in the window of Salon Charisse, recognizing Patricia Oelbaum's waxing prowess. As Patricia strips away hair from bikini lines, limbs, and faces in the backroom, a talented hairstyling crew bustles in the airy styling arena. Amid french-vanilla walls and floral paintings, the stylists reshape 'dos and add luminous dimension with highlights. Frizzy locks cascade like waterfalls of butter with help from Express Keratin treatments or the more powerful Japanese hair-straightening technique. The salon's stylists and aestheticians also host birthday parties, where they primp partygoers with manicures and makeup.
Laser Hair Removal Center beautifies bods with safe laser treatments in a professional, well-kept environment. All of the laser technicians possess years of experience, and clients can pop into the cozy office for a free consultation to discuss what procedures and lasers will work best for their hide’s needs and skin type. Clear up skin and call attention to treasured temporary tattoos with the 10-minute spider-vein-removal treatment, valid for either face or legs, which works to break down and evict unwanted tiny veins and busted capillaries. Using a Lyra laser—armed with ChillTip technology for maximum patient comfort—an astute technician takes aim at rogue blood vessels, lightly collapsing them to be absorbed by the rest of the body over a period of days.
Ellen Ehrlich's 30-minute Clinical Facial incorporates cleansing and a milia removal, leaving skin with that warm, just-lit glow ($70). The Clinical Facial Deluxe ($90) offers the same features of the Clinical Facial, but adds a specialized mask treatment into the mix. A wheatgrass and sage purifying mask sooths blemished skin and renews the balance of oils, calming a stormy face-sea. Sufferers of parched pores can indulge in the Norwegian blueberry and honey mask to restore moisture and Valhallan luminescence. To combat the effects of aging brought on by J.J. Abrams plots, consult one of the medical aestheticians to determine which peel is right for your skin. Available in 30% ($70) or 70% ($80) varieties, the glycolic-acid peel reduces the appearance of fine lines, evens out skin tone, stimulates collagen production, and makes your face shine like Ken Jennings at trivia night. Other areas of treatment include neck, arms, décolleté, back, and legs.
Hairs To You's services include cuts, color, waxing, tanning, and more. Ladies can get their locks shampooed, cut, and styled ($48), while dudes can get similarly dappered for $22. A single-process coloring (first time or new color, $43) or a root touch-up ($36) will turn the most colorless coif into Technicolor tresses. Beyond the head-weeds, Hairs To You can also clear the skin with a half-hour "lunchtime peel" microdermabrasion ($100), color it with a full-body airbrush tan ($40), and adorn it with a makeup application ($25). Whatever combination of services you select, your mirror will be much more likely to offer praise and unsolicited massages when you get home.