The open interior of Q Salon & Spa suggests the streets of old London, from its exposed-brick and cobblestone walls to its wrought-iron fencing and wooden fixtures. Instead of hansom cabs rumbling by, stylists and aestheticians tend to clients' hair and skin in front of full-length mirrors. Nail technicians massage and polish feet at cozy benches lined with earth-toned pillows. The salon and spa's staff pampers locks with products from Aveda and bedecks fingers with hues from OPI or canvases from a dollhouse's art studio.
You might think that standing up while you tan would cause an unnaturally darkened scalp, but this never happens at Hollywood Tans. That's because their arsenal of signature stand-up tanning booths create an always even, natural-looking glow in as little as eight minutes. With more than 140 locations nationwide, the chain’s salons—each a veritable bronze mine for pale bodies—can also bronze physiques Mystic Tan’s Instant Tan, a sunless formula that does not contain dangerous UV-rays or infectious California boy-band harmonies. The tone-savvy staff can also help customers choose the Instant Tan formula best suited to them, matching the bronzing serums to the each person's skin tone, type, and ideal look.
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.
Hollywood Tans West Grove keeps skin looking sleek and healthy with a wide range of sunless tanning options and high-end lotions to protect and nourish skin. An arsenal of standup booths coat clients in a sun-kissed hue, including a Mystic Tan spray-tan station, which maximizes comfort and color absorption with a cozy heated environment.
When Pamela Troyan opened Salon Secrets Spa in 1993, she set out with a clear goal: to provide clients with a refuge from their daily pressures via the best possible salon and spa experience. She staffed her salon with highly trained stylists and technicians, many of whom studied at elite academies such as Vidal Sassoon, Toni & Guy, and Aveda. She also enrolled Salon Secrets Spa as a certified Aveda Signature Salon, meaning that all of their services (except nail coloring) would employ all-natural, organic Aveda products. With the salon fully staffed and stocked with elite stylists and luxe products, it was time to open. Since then, not much has changed: Pamela still oversees a team of well-educated stylists and technicians who’ve developed a loyal following of repeat customers and amateur paparazzi. Stylists customize looks with organic Aveda color services, as well as mani-peds, paraffin treatments, waxing, and Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions. The spa staff soothes bodies with facials, peels, and microdermabrasion, as well as massages and body wraps. The med spa also beautifies patients with cosmetic services such as skin rejuvanation, VelaShape cellulite reduction, and spider-vein treatments performed or supervised by a certified plastic surgeon.
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.