Carving presidential busts with your bare fingers and toes can produce exquisite art and help you totally nail that job interview, but it can also lead to pained digits. Today's Groupon will re-energize your extremities and make sure you get Grover Cleveland's distinguished dimples just right with a manicure and pediluxe pedicure at Hair Spray Cafe for $25 (a $60 value). The modern salon in the charming river market area on Delaware Street is a popular place, so making an appointment beforehand is recommended.
In the salon's modern interior, curved expanses of hardwood flooring flow beneath black-leather styling seats, and mirrors set in sleek wood panels reflect the light of mushroom-like hanging lamps. Waiting clients can enjoy the lounge's full bar service while reclining on a retro sofa with smooth, clean lines or use a complimentary iPad to order products (not included in today's Groupon), create their own client profile, or conduct last-minute research on pompadour styles.
• For $17, you get a haircut and style (a $35 value). • For $17, you get a shellac manicure or acrylic manicure (up to a $40 value). • For $17, you get a pedicure (a $35 value). House of Fringe stimulates wearied tresses and polishes nails in a painter’s palette of hues in an intimate boutique atmosphere. Stylists manage head helmets during a 30–60-minute follicle wrangling, in which manes will discover their innermost aspirations. Manicurists improve upon finger flanges with cuticle management, nail trimming, and fingertip soaking, then colorize and coat with acrylic or Shellac-based polishes. Shellac shields nails from chipping for up to 14 days, and gives off a luster strong enough for sky-bound stars to look down and wish upon. Pedicure participants indulge in a mocha-scented foot scrub, exfoliation of the pedestrian surfaces, and thorough massaging of the leg stems before toe tabs are attended to.
Despite the deceptively simple name emblazoned across the crimson awning, The Salon is about far more than stylish 'dos forged with DevaCurl and Alfaparf products. Floor-to-ceiling windows fill the salon floor with light, illuminating a cocoon of blond wood and earthy tones. Hidden from view is the spa room in which the aesthetician pampers pores with Bioelements facials, Brazilian waxes, and hot-stone massages. Back out in the open, stylists teach clients to apply jane iredale mineral makeup and banish frizz with Keratin Complex smoothing treatments and a machine that pops every balloon that comes within 6 inches of your scalp.
Face II Face at Beauty Mi Amour Salon glitzes up clients for weddings and parties with makeup applications and onsite bridal haircare, as well as providing their normal facial services and nailcare in the spa itself. The salon's 90-minute spa parties let friends relax with their choice of masks, massages, and manicures. In the Serenity skincare room, Image Skincare products deploy paraben-free, pharmaceutical-grade ingredients to keep faces looking youthful without exposing them to the gamma rays that create hulks.
Stylist Julie Kalm cuts and colors hair inside a small, intimate salon with polished wooden floors. Before getting your hair done, you can hang out in a welcoming waiting area that has plush armchairs and new magazines so you can keep up with the hairstyles of Supreme Court judges. She and the other stylists work at roomy styling stations with full-length mirrors.
Hot-rod magazines and rockabilly tunes punctuate Chop Tops' retro atmosphere, where vintage video is just as likely to grace the TV as a live sporting event, and complimentary beverages are de rigueur. This youthful atmosphere often translates into a youthful-looking head and a plethora of compliments from friends, strangers, and the insides of hats. Add pep to your step with a new cut and shampoo ($15 for men, $31+ for women), or defy nature's palette with highlights or lowlights ($67+ for partial, $87+ for full). Once you get your new 'do, refresh your visage with Chop Tops' 60-minute European facial ($50) followed by a neat eyebrow wax ($15) that frames your best features and makes your eyes pop in the way that doesn't give people nightmares. The gentle yet efficient gurus at Chop Tops can also de-fuzz your half leg ($30) or give you an expert Brazilian wax ($50+). To better show off your newly hairless legs, throw in an airbrush tan customized to complement your natural skin tone ($20).