Blu Salon and Spa’s earth-toned décor strikes a delicate balance of influences, falling somewhere between the chicness of the fashion world and the modest beauty of the natural world. The stress-free haven’s experienced staff manages to achieve this same balance in each of their services, which account for the latest trends as they enhance the natural beauty of hair, nails, and complexions.
Stylists grasp shears and pace around salon chairs, snipping with a degree of care and precision that befits their level of experience—from the recently anointed masters at Level 1 to the wizened style sages of Level 2. Tucked away in the mani-pedi nook, nail technicians pamper hands and feet before embellishing nails with CND Shellac or OPI polish, or three-dimensional artworks. Aestheticians call upon botanical-based products from A Natural Difference during seven types of facials, and cosmetic artists enhance features with Glominerals' distinctive blend of high-pigmented minerals and antioxidants.
Regardless of their specialties, Blu Salon and Spa’s crew of beautifiers stay keen on the latest trends and techniques by participating in monthly education courses. The relaxing environment cultivated during treatments extends to the spa’s contemporary waiting room, where you can sip on complimentary wine or coffee and share haunting stories of undead skin cells beside the fireplace.
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.
Champagne isn’t something commonly associated with a nail salon, but at Haus of Lacquer there it is—in the hand of every guest who wants it as soon as they walk in the door. And it’s on the house. But this touch of old-school class is just the tip of the iceberg. After patrons pick out a color by OPI, Essie, or Butter London, they receive a magazine or an iPad to read. Then, the experienced technicians get to work. In addition to specializing in natural nail treatments and nail art, the crew offers head-to-toe packages for total relaxation. During the half-day Indulge package, a replenishing facial brightens complexions and a massage soothes tired feet. Nail experts then use deliciously fragrant Me! Bath Ice Cream and a sugar scrub to moisturize and exfoliate hands and feet, massaging skin with a body icing that, like a child left unattended in a bakery, looks and smells like frosting.
For Doctor of Chiropractic Scott E. Rosenthal, taking over the family business meant stepping into the shoes of his chiropractor father and helming a practice more than 40 years old. Inspired by his father's work, he set out to straighten backbones and nurture the health of others by learning all he could about chiropractic care. But he didn't stop there—a passion for health and wellness led him to become a registered yoga teacher and earn certification in the Webster technique of pediatric care. His studies also enabled him to become an expert in nutrition and the writer of a monthly column for Living Well Magazine that discusses the pros of a healthy diet, nutritious foods, and breathing.
All of this knowledge serves to bolster the health of Rosenthal Chiropractic's patients. Dr. Rosenthal's chiropractic services for adults, children, and expecting mothers keep them healthy from head to toe, and he performs specific treatments that address more troublesome disc problems. Free, in-office health classes hosted by the staff impart tips on eating healthy, stress reduction, and exercise for corporate workers.
Voted 2012's best men's barber and salon by the readers of Delaware Today, Studio One Eleven surrounds fellas in relaxing, masculine ambiance while polishing handsome exteriors. Haircuts, coloring services, and dandruff-fighting scalp treatments keep dapper Dans looking even dapperer, and waxing streamlines chests for pool season or removes chest-clinging koalas for sweltering summer months. Spa services such as massages and facials melt away stress while keeping skin supple with essential oils and moisturizing emollients. The studio's focus on luxury extends beyond specific services, with complimentary chair massages during every visit, free hairdo touchups between scheduled visits, and an onsite putting green to practice shots while waiting for appointments.
1401 Hair Designs & Massage Therapy owner Joyce Bell knows that glamour can't be measured with a ruler. The short-hair specialist has been creating easy, manageable styles for manes of all lengths for more than 30 years, with services that can include everything from 1950s-inspired roller sets to chic, modern blowouts inspired by the future. Her staff members pull products from brands such as Joico, Roux, and Goldwell as they create dimension with custom color and highlights, and they can also use their skills to style wigs and hairpieces for cancer patients and other hair-loss sufferers.On the spa side of the service menu, licensed massage therapists help to promote relaxation and increased energy using craniosacral, reflexology, and Japanese hot-stone therapies. Onsite certified herbalist Kelly Bell is also on hand to help clients to detox or to stabilize their body weight by crafting custom nutrition plans that rely on all-natural vitamins and organic herbs instead of starvation diets or strongly worded letters to the liver.
At New Life Spinal Care Centers, Dr. Jack Norsworthy works with each patient to relieve the painful effects of pressure on the bones and vertebrae. Using nonsurgical spinal-decompression techniques, Dr. Norsworthy customizes treatments to address issues such as carpal tunnel and lower-back pain—a common malady ever since Sir Isaac Newton invented gravity. To promote natural healing, Dr. Norsworthy partners with a certified massage therapist and offers rehabilitation services, such as electrical muscle stimulation and intersegmental traction on a specialized roller table, for auto-, work-, and sports-related injuries.