Since Artur Kirsh founded The Studio CL in 2005, the best-of list in Philadelphia magazine and other media mentions have lauded his salon for its creative cuts. He and his team of extensively trained stylists clip hair with a dry-cutting method, which allows them to sculpt locks into custom ‘dos that retain their shape as they grow out. Along with these unique cuts, Artur’s stylists glide on new hues and rejuvenate shine and smoothness with keratin or Nigelle HY treatments. The beauty crew also specializes in bridal styling, which includes in-studio hair and makeup testing, pampering on the day of the ceremony, and hair treatments that stay in place even when the bride cuts the cake with the traditional wedding chainsaw. After each appointment, clients can maintain their chic new looks by stocking up on brand-name haircare products, including the salon’s exclusive ARTUR line.
Tundella & Co.'s owners, Margarita Gazaryan (Russian-born of Armenian descent) and Gustavo Tundela (from Brazil), seemed destined to end up in the beauty industry. Raised by grandparents who were both hairdressers, Margarita fell in love with the industry early on, whereas Gustavo honed his skills and ability to dry hair by spinning a chair really fast as a fashion model. Today, the duo and their team, including several international stylists, continues to hone avant-garde styling techniques, and Gustavo works as an educator and platform artist for Hotheads Hair Extensions and Natura Keratin, which improves hair nutrition while promoting hair growth. This experience ensures customers, including local celebrities, can rest easy while getting pampered with a variety of hair services and hair-removal and skin-pampering treatments.
Your hair?s sure to feel silkier once your stylist conditions it?learn why with Groupon?s close-up look at conditioner.
Although human hair may look smooth, each strand's outer layer?the cuticle?is actually quite rough. Under dry conditions, the tiny scales that cover its surface become raised and brittle, causing hairs to tangle and lose their shine. Conditioner aims to correct this problem by bonding a particular class of molecules, called cationic surfactants, to the cuticle. This is possible because keratin, the protein that makes up most of the hair shaft, bristles with negative ions, which attract the positively charged surfactants, coating each thread in a thin film that weighs it down and reduces frizz. (The negative charge of keratin is also what causes static whenever positive ions are stripped from the hair?the static that makes it possible to stick a balloon to the wall or to power a miner's headlamp.)
The other ingredients in conditioner don't always need ions to do their jobs well. Humectants suck in water from the surrounding air, thereby moisturizing the hair, and oils simply penetrate the cuticle. Glossers coat the hair with light-reflecting polymers, increasing shine, whereas other ingredients raise the acidity level of the conditioner, which helps protect the hair's protein structure.
It was more than 30 years ago when the first lock of hair fell to the floor of the locally owned Snip Styling Salon, floating down past the styling chair after a hairdresser expertly snipped it free. Since then, the salon’s staff of seasoned stylists have performed hundreds of haircuts, arranged countless up-dos, and flattered many faces with glimmering highlights. They have worked with hair of variety of colors and textures, from crops of bouncy curls to tangles of hissing snakes.
Today, the versatile staffers extend their expertise toward hair services as well as a variety of beauty treatments, including makeup application and waxing. They also offer an array of relaxing massages designed to soothe muscles and ease aches.
Plume Salon’s adorable pink tile exterior faces Girard Avenue in the Fishtown neighborhood. The interior emanates a fun, trendy, hip vibe, with patterned fabric waiting-area chairs, mismatched work stations and vintage décor, like a tiled arch over a doorway. Plume charges reasonable prices for their services, which include men’s and women’s haircuts, single- and double-process color treatments, deep conditioning and facial waxing, and while the salon does not take credit cards or have an ATM, customers will be offered a drink while they wait. They also offers kids’ haircuts for a more than fair price. The salon stocks hair-care products from Onesta, American Crew and Wella, among others.
Tomika Rankin, the owner of Journey Hair Salon, specializes in cutting, coloring, and styling hair of all kinds of different textures—and growing it. She complements her hairstyles with vitamins, which encourage healthy hair growth more effectively than hats lined with motivational posters.
As a licensed cosmetologist, however, Tomika focuses primarily on styles as well as helping to maintain healthy hair growth. She and her team revamp texture with relaxer or ceramic phusion treatments. Alternatively, they can style natural hair into two-strand twists and coils.