Spa Bellezza has its share of inventive beauty treatments, sure. But it's something called whine therapy that stands out—clients bring a friend, munch on finger foods, sip a glass of wine, and engage in "some soul-felt girl talk." With her masters degrees in psychology and certification as a senior cosmetologist, spa owner Carla knows what she's doing when she organizes events such as these. The community-conscious grandmother earned a degree as a registered nurse and as a licensed cosmetologist as well, backgrounds she distills into organizing two-hour spa parties for girls.
Carla and her staff also focus on individual services. Vanilla, avocado, sugar, and an array of aromatherapy oils comprise the recipes for Spa Bellezza's body treatments. And, a selection of products by Essie, OPI, L.A. Colors, and more attests to the staff's discerning tastes. Facials, mani-pedis, and massages all attract clients to the spa like moths to a hot rod's flames.
Pretty Girls Rock pampers its pintsize clientele with services both grownup and age-appropriate. Amid bright-pink walls and zebra-printed accents, the salon's staff works with patrons 13 and younger, offering colored extensions, applying hair flowers, and trimming hair into chic styles. Birthday parties of up to eight girls include a party room complete with Wii Dance and Shirley Temples, and the birthday girl heads home with an 8"x10" photo to commemorate the event and prove once and for all that none of her friends are invisible.
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.
Licensed aesthetician and nail technician Jesse Bruner artfully prunes and dresses digits with colorful polish inside Michael Christopher Salon, which was voted Best Day Spa in Delaware Today's Best of Delaware 2010. Wielding products from such brands as OPI and Young Nails, Jesse first cleanses fingers before filing their caps into sleek frames or US president silhouettes. Tools then gently ease cuticles off the nail, paving the way for brushes to paint on new hues or for buffers to impart gaze-grabbing shine. During the pedicure, feet can fashion bubble mustaches in a whirlpool spa as toenails undergo a clipping. Both overgrown cuticles and calluses flee while Jesse sloughs away superfluous skin, and an exfoliating scrub hydrates gams from the calves down. Finally, a massage with body butter saps tension from arches, and polish covers reposing toes in vibrant shades.
Champagne isn’t something commonly associated with a nail salon, but at Haus of Lacquer there it is—in the hand of every guest who wants it as soon as they walk in the door. And it’s on the house. But this touch of old-school class is just the tip of the iceberg. After patrons pick out a color by OPI, Essie, or Butter London, they receive a magazine or an iPad to read. Then, the experienced technicians get to work. In addition to specializing in natural nail treatments and nail art, the crew offers head-to-toe packages for total relaxation. During the half-day Indulge package, a replenishing facial brightens complexions and a massage soothes tired feet. Nail experts then use deliciously fragrant Me! Bath Ice Cream and a sugar scrub to moisturize and exfoliate hands and feet, massaging skin with a body icing that, like a child left unattended in a bakery, looks and smells like frosting.
If you’re in dire need of relaxation, there’s no shortage of solutions at The Inn at The Colonnade. You could check in to one of the hotel’s luxury suites, or you could simply make a beeline for the spa. You’ll be in good hands should you choose the latter, thanks to a staff of massage therapists who soothe aching muscles and aestheticians who wax unwanted hair, polish nails, and extend eyelashes.
Though the hotel upstairs is home to plenty of identical rooms, the spa’s therapists take pride in crafting individual treatments that address each client’s specific needs. They dedicate a large part of their efforts to blending aromatherapy oils that relax and rejuvenate the senses. There are a total of six to choose from, all of which feature exotic ingredients such as grapefruit, rosewood, and shark pheromones.