Currie Hair Skin & Nails performs its ministrations in ultramodern, elegant spaces as clients settle into plush robes and slippers. Stylists guide patrons into sleek leather chairs to infuse 'dos with face-framing highlights or tame overgrown head ferns with a phalanx of scissors and a blow-dry for good measure. Visages in need of amelioration may opt for the recovery facial, which revitalizes with an arctic-berry-based antioxidant serum that neutralizes free radicals and protects the skin. During an aromatherapy massage, licensed massage therapists soothe away stress from demanding jobs and dishonest parking meters, and mani-pedi specialists deftly shape and polish nails, repair broken nail beds, and curb thrill-seeking hangnails.
Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa provides luxurious, relaxing treatments performed by licensed massage therapists and aestheticians. A 50-minute hot stone massage ($110) uses heated stones to relieve muscle tension, which allows for greater manipulation and destressification. The massage is followed by a ten-minute hot towel foot exfoliation massage ($15). After tired leg paddles are enveloped in warm, fuzzy towels, they are reinvigorated with an exfoliation and moisturizing treatment. Or, opt for a microdermabrasion, a non-invasive procedure that gently buffs away dead cells and cicada husks latched onto the skin's surface to reveal a newer and healthier happiness. The treatment helps to erase spots, marks, and scars while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and breakouts.
Building on traditional UV, spray, and airbrush tanning, the crew at Self Indulgence guides its clients through technologically advanced, self-service spa services that include infrared body wraps and water-jet HydroMassages controlled by a touchscreen. Brighter smiles enhance tans after a ShineWhite LED treatment, and a traditional sauna kept at 170–180 degrees Fahrenheit gives clients a chance to kick out squatting toxins.
While searching for a location for her salon and spa, founder Janet Conigliaro fell in love with a historic Victorian house on the edge of Wilmington. Deciding the domestic setting would help her clients feel at home, Conigliaro started her business, and more than a decade later, she and her staff are still snipping tresses and pampering skin amid the dwelling’s wood floors, ornate silver mirrors, and flowing lavender and green curtains.
The stylists employ products from Redken, Goldwell, and Framesi as they shift hair shades and craft updos for weddings, proms, and nights of partying at the city’s trendiest gas stations. The rest of the staff stays busy, too: nail technicians layer fingertips with long-lasting Shellac polish, skin specialists concoct custom masks for troubled skin, and massage therapists soothe knotted backs with Swedish, hot-stone, and sports massages. In the boutique, visitors can find jewelry and handbags to add to the wax statues of vacationing Supreme Court justices they sculpt in their free time.
Q Salon and Spa's beautifiers employ a selection of spa services within a warmly toned lounge to unveil fashionable phalanges and pampered demeanors. Nail technicians transform five-pronged palms into elegantly adorned appendages during the 30-minute manicure (a $20 value), releasing nails from cuticle takeovers and artfully shaping tips. Appendage primpers then paint digits in your hue of choice, banishing stress with a lotion massage, a warm towel, and a miniature pitchfork-wielding mob. Then take a seat on the pedicure couch for a 45-minute foot-finger treatment (a $40 value), which softens rough heels with a mint callus scrub and mint menthol mask. From a cushioned perch, guests watch tensomes transform into sand-ready stompers with toenails parading in more colors than a Crayola reunion tour.