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.
At Hot Looks Hair Salon, stylists aim to discover each client's personality and create a haircut that tells his or her story. Led by 30-year industry expert Carol Colantuono, the team specializes in adding texture and shape with razor cuts and accentuating natural hues with color and highlighting techniques. Colantuono designs clients' looks with a sense of style influenced by her apprenticeship with stylist Barry Leonard at Crimper, one of the top salons in Center City, and all of her staff have undergone extensive training in the Vidal Sassoon and Sexy Hair lines. She hands clients a complimentary cup of coffee or glass of wine before beginning specialty treatments such as hair extensions that add length and volume or feather extensions that help clients blend in with migrating flocks of ornithologists.
At 8 years old, Rashada Siojo began twisting tresses into updos and swiping shadow over her friends' eyelids. As an adult, she retained her passion for beauty, eventually opening Siojo Salon, an 1,800-square-foot converted art-gallery space that holds myriad unique touches, including a hand-painted floor, pedicure showers, and an outdoor waiting garden.
Diverse styling tools merge natural beauty elements with modern technology and style, from boar's-hair brushes to state-of-the-art infrared steamers from Japan. Hair owners with overly dry or sarcastic locks can opt for custom hair treatments, such as a banana-leaf protein mask that works to repair damaged strands. The salon's emphasis on organic products and innovative tools sets it apart from lazy salons whose only natural touches are pinecone hairbrushes.
For 15 years, certified colorist Drimaine Mills has approached each client's head as she would a canvas brimming with artistic potential. Emerald Cutz Hair Salon acts as her studio, where she and her stylists craft flattering 'dos with cuts, color services, and spa add-ons such as spray tans and mani-pedis.
As a celebrity hair and style coach, Drimaine is also familiar with the concept of special treatment—she customizes her conditioning methods to suit each guest's hair type, from brittle to curly to fine. By using salon-exclusive products from brands such as Moroccanoil and Goldwell, the staff continue to make patrons feel famous without painting George Clooney's facial hair on every station's mirror.
Helmed by Glamour magazine hair show judge and globetrotting master stylist, teams up with clients to create head-turning new hairdos with cuts, conditioning treatments, highlights, and all-over coloring. Guests choose from an impressive litany of cosmetic services, including flatiron curling, root touchups, and extensions. Moroccan hair masks soothe malnourished strands, and fancy updos prep clients for dazzling wedding parties or adhering to lab-safety procedures. Patrons can enlist the help of a master stylist or master stylist-in-training to remove unwanted hair from their eyebrows and upper lips or add touches of vibrant color to their scalps.