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.
Zazen Nail Spa provides a clean, green, calming oasis, rich with skilled aestheticians who revitalize appendages with a variety of spa services. During each specialty mani-pedi, guests settle into a sleek, modern pedicure station, accented with colorful, plush pillows. A skilled technician treats fatigued feet first, offering patrons a choice between the tropical-citrus or paradise styles. Nail specialists soak toes in a citrus or aromatic bath, followed by a lemon-sugar or grated-coconut exfoliation and essential-oil application. A foot and leg massage soothes achy muscles, and a moisturizing citrus-honey mask or an organic shea-butter wrap hydrates the skin. The specialty tropical-citrus or paradise manicure closely mimics the foot-oriented equal, rounding out distressed fingers and nails and massaging the shoulders, arms, and hands.
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.
At Inspire Hair Studio, a cast of talented hairstylists reinvent styles for the entire family. Men, women, and children can all stop in for a quick haircut and style, each of which begins with a sudsy shampoo. Women who want a little bounce can opt for partial or spiral perms or pump up the shine with foil highlights or a double-process color treatment. Beyond cutting and coloring, the studio’s staff also administers skin-soothing facials, facial-waxing treatments, and indulgent mani-pedis topped off with Shellac polish that refuses to chip for up to two weeks, even during full-armored thumb-wrestling matches.
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.