Currie Hair Skin & Nails performs its ministrations in ultramodern, elegant spaces as clients settle into plush robes and slippers. Stylists guide patrons into sleek leather chairs to infuse 'dos with face-framing highlights or tame overgrown head ferns with a phalanx of scissors and a blow-dry for good measure. Visages in need of amelioration may opt for the recovery facial, which revitalizes with an arctic-berry-based antioxidant serum that neutralizes free radicals and protects the skin. During an aromatherapy massage, licensed massage therapists soothe away stress from demanding jobs and dishonest parking meters, and mani-pedi specialists deftly shape and polish nails, repair broken nail beds, and curb thrill-seeking hangnails.
It takes something special for a salon to stand out from the crowd. At Style Masters Salon and Spa, that something takes the form of acclaim?they were named the top spot for "Best Hair Rejuvenation" by Suburban Life magazine in 2012, and their facials have been listed amongst the best in town by the Philly Hot List. Those lauded hair services include cuts, color, and texture treatments, all provided by highly trained stylists. Spa facials, meanwhile, refresh skin with customized masks and peels. Manicures and pedicures pamper fingers and toes with rosemary and mint salves and glossy shellac polishes, and massages employ heated bamboo and exfoliating salt scrubs to eliminate tension from attempting the Sunday crossword.
Salon Jalore's menu of services is far-reaching, ranging from haircutting and coloring to makeup and bridal services. The classic Salon Jalore facial is a 60-minute sojourn into cleansing steam and skin pampering, whereas the hand and foot scrubs use sea salts and massage to rejuvenate the skin and revive the extremities. Massage therapists also offer raindrop massage, reiki, and reflexology, as well as prenatal and sports massages.
At California Sun Tanporiums, nominated as one of the Top 250 Salons in the USA by Looking Fit magazine, bodies slip into a UV-free beach-bronze glow that lasts 4–7 days with Versa Spa sunless-tanning sessions. Clients step inside a private Versa Spa tanning booth, where a voice-activation system walks them through the three-step process that imparts a faux tan more natural looking than self-applied bronzers or wearing an oversize parking cone. Each session begins with a pH-balancing treatment to disperse natural oils, followed by an evenly applied mist of sunless tanner, a serum comprised of DHA, amino acids, and aloe that increases color depth and moisturizes skin without streaks. The machine-sprayed service finishes with a hydrating treatment of botanicals, soy proteins, and green-tea extracts to replenish vital nutrients, diminish fine lines, and wean skin off of its soda-pop bath addiction.
Champagne isn’t something commonly associated with a nail salon, but at Haus of Lacquer there it is—in the hand of every guest who wants it as soon as they walk in the door. And it’s on the house. But this touch of old-school class is just the tip of the iceberg. After patrons pick out a color by OPI, Essie, or Butter London, they receive a magazine or an iPad to read. Then, the experienced technicians get to work. In addition to specializing in natural nail treatments and nail art, the crew offers head-to-toe packages for total relaxation. During the half-day Indulge package, a replenishing facial brightens complexions and a massage soothes tired feet. Nail experts then use deliciously fragrant Me! Bath Ice Cream and a sugar scrub to moisturize and exfoliate hands and feet, massaging skin with a body icing that, like a child left unattended in a bakery, looks and smells like frosting.
Each guest who walks through the door at Michael Christopher Salon & Day Spa is personally greeted by a staff member, just the start to the client's pampering experience. Clients enter the comfortable salon lobby, where gourmet coffee and magazines await. The salon, which has garnered a number of awards, treats clients to haircuts, highlights, and perms. Private rooms host massages and facial treatments, and nail technicians offer traditional and Shellac mani-pedis.