Licensed aesthetician Raffelle St. John helms Your Image Center, where her two decades in medical skincare helps her clients achieve their ideal skin tones and textures. Within her appointment-only office, she offers a large slate of services that dote on the face and body, such as facials designed to combat acne and refresh skin and soothing massages that incorporate hot stones and aromatherapy. Peels slough off dead skin with mango and orange, whereas organic body wraps draw out impurities with botanical mud. Other services include waxing, makeup application, laser hair removal, and the opportunity to chase a laser around a room for fun. Additionally, Raffelle puts together custom group packages with manicures, makeovers, and refreshments that are available for on-location parties.
Karen Laing has followed her love for beautification down many paths, including attending school for aesthetician studies, acting as both beauty queen and pageant judge, and her current profession as a permanent-makeup artist. She meticulously draws on individual eyebrow strokes or enhances peepers with permanent eyeliner with the experience that comes not only from her extensive training, but also from having permanent makeup herself. In addition to makeup, Karen also individually bonds synthetic eyelashes to natural ones to create more lush and dramatic blinks, and treats signs of aging with wrinkle-reduction, sunspot-reduction, and other anti-aging therapies.
Though a staff of more than 25 people swarms around Bella Salon & Spa’s 4,000-square-foot space, the services they perform are always personal. A smile, a wink, and an individual style consultation always greet salon-goers at the outset, before a savvy stylist—armed with Bumble and bumble and L’Oreal Paris products—primps strands with Balmain extensions, ombre highlights, and Brazilian Blowouts.
Elsewhere in the wood accented two-story shop, dedicated aestheticians can be found beautifying bodies with Nufree wax and Dermalogica skincare products. Facials hinge on customizable serums that can combat a range of skin issues, including sun damage, teen acne, clogged pores, and atrophied dimples.
Robin Dove Hair Studio’s color and style team consider hair their main artistic medium, sculpting beautiful looks for everyday clients and the high-profile mugs of local celebrities and news reporters. An educator for J Beverly Hills Salon, owner Robin Dove is experienced with hair of all textures and continually enlists in training to keep abreast of the haircare industry's latest trends and grooviest new ideas about running with scissors. These training sessions enable her to pass knowledge on to her staff, which can handle anything from basic haircuts and updos to extensions, weaves, and formaldehyde-free keratin straightening treatments. The studio’s stylists create a welcoming, relaxing atmosphere as they pour complimentary coffee for clients visiting early in the day and arm afternoon guests with glasses of wine.
Despite the presence of professional technicians, high-end equipment, and medical-grade products, New Image Medspa isn't a doctor's office. It's a spa where medically trained professionals strive to create a relaxing and friendly environment and count cost effectiveness as a top priority. Their treatments span from general spa services such as facials, massage, and chemical peels to med-spa approaches such as laser hair removal, blepharoplasty, or PhotoGenesis. They also oversee a slew of male-centric services to help guys achieve smoother, handsomer blue or yellow M&M shell.
Founded by brother- and sister-in-law Brett and Suzanne Sauder, Taire Hair Salon Inc. aims to reinvigorate manes with the latest techniques and products. Creative director Brett graduated from the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London and continues to study with respected industry figures. Suzanne used her own extensive training to craft figure-skater's hairstyles for the US ice-skating trials that were both aerodynamic and unaffected by low scores from cynical judges. She has also achieved a personal goal by becoming only the ninth person in Philadelphia to earn the title of master hair colorist.
Stylists set to work on precision cuts, texturizing services, makeup applications, and other aesthetic tasks in Taire's sleek space. The studio is divided into two sections that are minimalist in design and spacious enough to comfortably entertain four clients at a time. The Sauder-led team employs the L'Oréal Paris line to transform color, such as an ammonia-free, virtually odorless Inoa formula that's invisible to all forms of radar.