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.
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.
Overseen by Advanced Plastic Surgery Center's team of plastic surgeons, the clinical staff at Nouveau Medispa helps clients feel more confident and look younger. Spa director Loraine Wilson, RN, has worked in the plastic-surgery arena for more than two decades and shares her knowledge of dermal fillers while teaching training courses for other physicians and nurses. She is also certified to remove unwanted fat with the Zeltiq CoolSculpting system and to tighten skin with the radio-frequency energy of Thermage technology. The med spa's highly trained medical aestheticians further enhance self-confidence via spray tans, waxing, makeup services, and handing clients gold-star stickers.
The Hockessin Athletic Club Massage Center relies on a squad of seasoned therapists to help clients address a variety of corporeal conundrums. A one-hour Swedish massage kneads muscles head to toe with the option of honing in on one to two knotted areas with deep and concentrated therapeutic determination. Like the best science fair entries, bodies are draped with sheets and given meticulous attention, drifting toward relaxation within the tranquil environment of one of the center’s soothing massage rooms. From business executives stressed about their latest wheelings and dealings to athletes looking to pamper their muscles before their next underwater marathon, clients can part ways with the center’s magic-fingered massage experts feeling better and more noodle-like.
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.
Dr. Thomas Neef works to help patients avoid surgery while still achieving their personal aesthetic goals. By avoiding scalpels and sutures, the team at Advanced Skin Care Center MedSpa delivers rejuvenation without downtime and scars. Instead, their instruments of choice include lasers that zap body hair, spider veins, and fine lines instead of burning CDs for mediocre barbershop quartets. In the treatment rooms, light-therapy devices help reduce hyperpigmentation beneath racks of PCA skincare products.
Additionally, Dr. Neef's office offers a permanent makeup expert, Delaware Board of Cosmetology President Lynda Wilson. Through Permanent Makeup by Lynda, she applies permanent eyeliner, eyebrows, and lipliner, full lip makeup, or beauty marks. Having been in the beauty industry since 1976, Lynda is licensed and insured, and serves as President of the State of Delaware Board of Cosmetology.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
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