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.
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 staff members at Silk the Salon don't consider themselves stylists; they consider themselves artists. With only a pair of shears, they transform hair into classic, edgy, or elegant styles as designated by their clients. They partner their expert cutting with color services, such as multidimensional highlights and single-process color, as well as hair-smoothing keratin treatments, hydrating masks, and Moroccanoil treatments to complete looks.
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 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.