Effective hair- and skincare requires two things: talented, well-trained beauty professionals and quality products. Elayne James Salon and Spa, named in Salon Today's list for 200 of the country’s fastest growing salons, thrives with a staff of Redken- and Wella-trained hairstylists who wield French-made herbal formulas from Privé as they cut, color, and style strands. They also lengthen short ‘dos with Italian SoCap hair extensions, block frizz with a keratin smoothing system, and scare strands straight with barks from a drill sergeant. The salon’s aestheticians use preservative-free A Natural Difference skincare products to cleanse and exfoliate skin during facials, microdermabrasion treatments, and red-light-therapy sessions. Beyond hair and skin, Elayne James’s service menu includes indulgent Swedish and deep-tissue massages, mani-pedis, and waxing.
Douglas J. Lavenburg, M.D. leads a team of optometrists that oversees the welfare of patients’ eyes and vision with up-to-date optometric techniques. But their services extend beyond eye exams, vision correction, and LASIK surgery. Microdermabrasions, pulsed-light hair removal, and Botox revamp complexions, and facials sprinkled with Obagi professional skin products, keep wrinkles at bay.
With more than 40 years of experience between the two of them, Doctors of Chiropractic Brian Chandler and Robert LaDuca are well versed in combining state-of-the-art chiropractic treatments with personalized patient care. At Back in Action Chiropractic, their injury-rehabilitation center, they perform comprehensive adjustments by hand and machine to treat spine and joint trauma. They also lead a team consisting of a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapists, who ease tension with Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point massages. The center also sells healthcare items, ranging from CryoDerm pain-relief products to orthotics.
New Health Centers consists of more than 300 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate corporeal discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with experienced practitioners to soothe aches, pains, and lawn-gnome infestations.
Voted Greenest Store by Delaware Today in 2010, EcoChic Boutique bedecks environmentally savvy women with sustainable apparel, accessories, and cosmetics. Jane Iredale PurePressed Mineral Powder ($52), a water-resistant facial primer, preps countenances for dinner parties and unexpected run-ins with security cameras. The roster of vegan-friendly wares includes the Big Buddha Courtney Handbag ($95) and the John Wind Personally Yours Initial Pendant ($68), a silver- or gold-plated necklace adorned with the single initial of a son, daughter, or memorable salad.
At A Balanced Life Massage and Body Work, owner Dion and his team of certified massage therapists are dedicated to relaxing their clients. So dedicated, in fact, that they pluck massage techniques from a menu of more than 20 modalities. Visitors to their soothing studio slide beneath their slow, firm hands that perform simple Swedish massages or pamper muscles with a flourish of hot stones, shiatsu, or lomi-lomi techniques.