The licensed stylists at A Dye'N Sensation Beauty Lounge can't be shocked by a daring look. From mohawks to electric-blue hair to purple extensions, they've seen it all at their shop, and relish in creating bold statements to match their clients' personalities. In addition to their extreme-color services, they also create natural-looking highlights, colors, and cuts, which are sure to freak out those at this year's Burning Man. Particularly, they specialize in blonde colors and highlights. Their services also extend to eyebrowing waxing and prepping gals for special occasions with updos.
By observing the golden rule with every haircut, skincare treatment, and massage, the beauty specialists at Karma Salon & Spa generate positive reciprocity: clients leave feeling satisfied, communicate their joy to others, and generate a new crop of patrons. In other words, Karma's professionals create good karma. Services serve a diverse clientele, both in terms of age and ethnicity. A symphony of blow-dryers and scissors hum "Kumbaya" as stylists, armed with Redken and Bed Head products, revamp coifs. In a private treatment room, aestheticians employ natural anti-aging products such as fruit enzymes to give skin a more youthful look. Karma's nail techs embellish digits with acrylics or lacquer, and massage therapists knead out knots.
Maybe you're looking for a quick hair color retouch or brow tint, or maybe you want to relax with a shiatsu-Thai combo massage and custom facial. Either way, Ovations Salon & Spa can handle it. The stylists there even come through on that biggest of big days, tending to brides' makeup and sculpting bridesmaids' hair into elegant updos.
Breathe SFS was named in honor of the historical PSFS skyscraper, in which the Loews Philadelphia Hotel and its 15,000-square-foot fitness area and spa now reside. Though the building retains much of its 1930s-era charm, the gym space has been modernized to include 15 Cybex cardio and strength-training machines, including elliptical machines and stationary bikes with individual televisions. Guests work on their backstroke in a 20-meter, two-lane heated lap pool and loosen postworkout muscles in the steam room and sauna.
For deeper relaxation, head to one of five spa treatment rooms for an aromatherapy massage or a calming facial or mani-pedi. The menu also includes a Tuscan mud wrap that hydrates the skin and imparts the ability to sing Puccini.
The owners of Spa Bavu take their business' name from a Swahili word meaning "inner strength and power". This idea permeates the atmosphere of their small, private spa, where African décor mingles with internationally inspired treatments. Therapists combat aches with six massage modalities, using the long, gliding strokes of the Swedish technique or the heated basalt rocks that ply muscles during hot-stone massages. To exfoliate skin and melt tension, they perform body treatments— aromatic steam baths, Israeli mineral mud and warm French seaweed wraps, and chocolate-infused scrubs. They also help clients ease off stuck Halloween masks with six facials using lavender and green tea blends and oil-balancing formulas.
Rejuvenate and relax at Mellow Massage Therapy Center, tucked into a corner of the artist-oriented renovated factory complex in East Falls known as Sherman Mills. In this high-ceilinged space with exposed-brick walls, the most popular choice is the Signature Mellow Massage, a combination of Swedish and deep tissue massage techniques that are sure to relax. But the options here are many, ranging from aromatherapy, detox and reflexology to reiki and heated stone work. A selection of handmade soaps and lotions are for sale in the reception area, as well as the essential oils that are complimentary with a massage session, but can be purchased if you want to extend the experience.