Relaxation is a key concept at Genesis Nail Salon in the Northern Liberties neighborhood. Orchids line the windows and bright Easter-colored walls vary from one wall to the next to make this salon a cozy place. A well-conceived variety of manicures and pedicures means that each customer can receive the service of their choice. Genesis offers waxing as well as massages, and don’t be surprised if you’re offered a short complimentary neck massage while waiting for your nails to dry. Genesis is less about flash and more about attentiveness and overall customer support; you can even sign up for a membership, where for every dollar you spend, you’ll accumulate points to earn free services.
The gals at Salon Tenshi promote hair health with restorative steam treatments that repair, hydrate, volumize, or color protect hair. From inside their chic salon they also offer haircuts, color and highlights, as well as keratin treatments that combat frizz.
Mani-pedis are one of the most requested services at Spa East, according to the Philadelphia Tribune, and for good reason. The spa specializes in Minx nails, which are thin, flexible coverings that add vibrant color while strengthening the nail, helping the look last longer. Add on a hot-stone massage and an exfoliating, homemade foot mask, and you've got the luxe chocolate-and-champagne Minx mani-pedi, which was named as the Best of Philly by Philadelphia Magazine in 2010.
But expertise at Spa East extends far beyond a single service. Owner Samiyyah Staten has dedicated more than 10 years to studying aesthetics and massage, focusing largely on Eastern practices that combine natural and holistic elements. Her staff draws on lifetimes of training and experience to administer treatments from green-tea facials to reflexology, reiki, and shiatsu. Besides channeling ancient Asian traditions, the aestheticians tailor their services to each client's needs, such as dry skin, ingrown hairs, or eyebrows that are unable to convey the emotion of wistful.
On Ridge Avenue’s merchant strip in East Falls, Koco Nail Salon and Wax Studio infuses a bit of whimsy into the usual salon setup. Manicures are given clever names such as the Limoncello, which features a citrus scrub, and the Koco Truffle, with a chocolate scrub and a paraffin treatment. For the pedicure called the Arnold Palmer, geared toward athletes, the lucky recipient gets a green tea and lemon footbath and a brown-sugar scrub. There are numerous options to get your nails bedazzled – Swarovski crystals, anyone? – though less flashy treatments might include facials. This friendly spot, with its clean white space accented by greens and browns, even offers an array of waxing choices from eyebrows to Brazilians.
Ultrabeauty Day Spa’s 16 treatment rooms are not the only places onsite where clients can unwind. The spa also boasts a sauna, steam room, and Vichy table shower, all of which are cued up and waiting to deliver warmth and relaxation. Luxurious packages combine these amenities with services such as facials, massages, and mani-pedis and can be designed with one or more guests in mind. Couples have been known to plan romantic afternoons here together, and bridal parties are welcome to come and loosen their bouquet-catching muscles.
Oregon Beauty’s attentive nail technicians tend to appendages through scrubs, nail-shaping sessions, warm soaks, and polishes. Paraffin skin treatments augmented with balms infuse worn surfaces with moisture. UV-cured gels slather nails with hues resilient to the scourges of daily life at the archaeological excavation site.