When Erica Suppa opened Fresh Faced Skin Care, she knew she didn’t want facials and proper skincare regimes to fall second to typical spa hokum. So, the licensed skin specialist traded in terry-cloth robes and champagne sipped from fuzzy slippers for clinical treatments that target skin on a cellular level.
Erica’s clients can sink into a comfortable chair and reap the benefits of an array of services, including deep-pore treatments, PCA peels, and LED facials, which battle everything from acne and hyperpigmentation to wrinkles and sun damage. A shelf full of PCA and Skin Script professional products rests an arm’s length away from Erica, allowing her to use them during facials or recommend them for a client’s at-home regimen.
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.
Gold-framed mirrors, Buddha statues, a spiral staircase, and purple accent walls lend an eclectic yet relaxed vibe to Skin Care Studio by kat, where aesthetician Kat Cabrera pampers her clients with signature services and products from A Natural Difference and shea butter/coconut creams and sugar scrubs made on-site with all-natural ingredients. In addition to classic spa treatments, such as facials, eyelash extensions, and waxing, she administers four types of chemical peels and dermaplaning—a treatment that uses a blade to oust unwanted hair and dead skin cells at the same time.
Hairworks, which was voted Delaware's top hair salon in 2013 by the readers of The News Journal, likens finding the right stylist to finding the right spouse?it's all about creating a bond with someone whom you can trust and openly communicate with. To that end, the stylists can be there to perform most any service for their clients, including cut and color as well as more advanced treatments such as relaxers and keratin straightening. And though hair is the namesake, the team also performs nail services, waxing, and facials.
Effective hair- and skincare requires two things: talented, well-trained beauty professionals and quality products. Elayne James Salon and Spa, named in Salon Today's list for 200 of the country’s fastest growing salons, thrives with a staff of Redken- and Wella-trained hairstylists who wield French-made herbal formulas from Privé as they cut, color, and style strands. They also lengthen short ‘dos with Italian SoCap hair extensions, block frizz with a keratin smoothing system, and scare strands straight with barks from a drill sergeant. The salon’s aestheticians use preservative-free A Natural Difference skincare products to cleanse and exfoliate skin during facials, microdermabrasion treatments, and red-light-therapy sessions. Beyond hair and skin, Elayne James’s service menu includes indulgent Swedish and deep-tissue massages, mani-pedis, and waxing.
Videll’s Day Spa’s eponymous massage therapist, Videll Long, oversees a staff of professional aestheticians, nail techs, and massage therapists who work together to break new ground in beauty and relaxation. Private rooms replete with plush chairs and pillowy massage tables serve as the background to services such as facials, mani-pedis, waxing, massages, and microphototherapy treatments that tighten and tone skin to reduce age spots. Whether treating patrons one-on-one or alongside friends at group parties, the spa’s specialists pamper bodies with products from top brands such as Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and Dermalogica.