Nu Waves Salon & Day Spa knows that hair needs protein just as much as the rest of the body does. That's why stylists there pick from four keratin-protein-based products formulated by Coppola, Brazilian Blowout, Simply Smooth, and plant-based KeraGreen, depending on which they judge to be most effective at strengthening frizzy locks. The protein enriches each strand, leaving hair softer, sleeker, and more manageable for up to five months. These keratin straightening treatments are the head of a parade of hair services that range from full color and highlights to perms to haircuts for men, women, children, and border collies who speak enough English to pass for human. Away from the bustling salon floor stand private treatment rooms, where aestheticians perform facials, microdermabrasion, and hot-stone massages, as well as a French-clay body mask that draws toxins from the skin.
With its sleek decor, complimentary beer, and flat-screen TVs filling the background noise with Phillies-game highlights, I’m Sergio nods to the men's clubs of yesteryear as the barbershop’s talented stylists give each client a modern new ’do. Hair services range from a basic shampoo and style or beard trim, helping guys look spiffy in just a few minutes, to the more indulgent The Cut package, which includes a relaxing warm-towel treatment and head massage. Old-fashioned straight-razor shaves showcase masculine cleft chins, and manly manicures soften hands hardened by too many high fives with the Hamburger Helper representative. To keep up appearances between cuts, I'm Sergio also offers free clean-ups. :m]]
Susan Matthews has an unusual background for a salon owner—she acts as a guest host on QVC, writes on a freelance basis, and advocates for child-abuse victims, but isn’t a stylist. Instead, she draws her inspiration from a job she held during her college years as a salon receptionist, and channels this insider knowledge toward running La Vie de Luxe, a spa she founded on her own. She and her staff make sure that the space lives up to its name, which means "luxury life"—they dole out champagne drinks, gourmet snacks, spa water, and deeds to yachts before performing hair or cosmetic services. The spa's nailcare treatments make use of high-end products from OPI, Essie, and Bubalina, and its menu of services includes facials for both men and women.
Shear Majik Salon offers hair and nail treatments. Stylists can reinvent a hairdo or add some new life to it with fresh cuts, color retouches, and dimensional coloring. They also offer permanent straightening and keratin treatments. Manicurists groom fingernails and toenails with spa mani-pedis, and waxing and tanning technicians complement looks by making the body and skin look equally as appealing.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular service: Micro Diamond Dermafiles and waxing
Brands Used: Osmosis and Dermalogica
Pro Tip: Our products are organic and all-natural. [Clients] will see results.
Under Ruby Nails’ welcoming awning, friendly nail technicians eagerly wait to transport clients into a state of soothing bliss. Their multiple manicure and pedicure stations allow them to perform luxurious services such as mani-pedis combined with spa treatments. The nail experts are also well versed in providing additional procedures that range from hot-stone massages and scrubs to hot-towel treatments and leg massages.