Mani-pedis are one of the most requested services at Spa East, according to the Philadelphia Tribune, and for good reason. The spa specializes in Minx nails, which are thin, flexible coverings that add vibrant color while strengthening the nail, helping the look last longer. Add on a hot-stone massage and an exfoliating, homemade foot mask, and you've got the luxe chocolate-and-champagne Minx mani-pedi, which was named as the Best of Philly by Philadelphia Magazine in 2010.
But expertise at Spa East extends far beyond a single service. Owner Samiyyah Staten has dedicated more than 10 years to studying aesthetics and massage, focusing largely on Eastern practices that combine natural and holistic elements. Her staff draws on lifetimes of training and experience to administer treatments from green-tea facials to reflexology, reiki, and shiatsu. Besides channeling ancient Asian traditions, the aestheticians tailor their services to each client's needs, such as dry skin, ingrown hairs, or eyebrows that are unable to convey the emotion of wistful.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
A day at Jade Nails & Massage Spa is enough to refresh your whole look. Nail stylists start by adorning cuticles in an elegant and protective exterior of french tips, crystal gel, or silk wrap. Aestheticians take over from there, beating back signs of skin aging with seaweed and vitamin C facials. Other staffers can even apply individual eyelash extensions that last for up to five weeks. To cap off the day, clients can schedule a Chinese massage session, which releases muscle tension but keeps your inner child trapped inside in case you get a chance to play Bop It.
Burnt-red walls and cozy furniture create a homey, welcoming experience for guests at Lena Salon & Spa, ideal for relaxing before a pampering beauty treatment. Salon and spa services run the gamut from haircuts to eyelash extensions and nailcare. Airbrush tanning, massages, and bridal packages are also available.
Anew Salon & Spa makes hair its business. From formal updos to simple cuts, the stylists can create any kind of look to fit both everyday and spectacular occasions. In addition to haircuts, color, and straightening treatments, the staff offers a variety of spa services, including facials to clear away acne and massages to loosen muscle knots and free backs for an evening of crab walking.
Massage therapists, fitness instructors, and nutritional consultants join forces at Pocono Body Wellness Studio to promote holistic health in all its forms. Therapists de-stress musculature with acupuncture and numerous massage modalities, and ear-candling sessions can help relieve tension in sinuses, which cannot be massaged. Elsewhere in the studio, resident aestheticians further enhance bodies with facials, waxes, and mani-pedis. The staff makes frequent contributions to charities, donating 5% of the proceeds of every massage package they book to a children's hospital in Philadelphia.