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At Legendary's Weaving Salon, candy-pink walls and hardwood floors surround hair-weaving masters and their clients, creating a lavish backdrop for stunning above-shoulder makeovers. Stylists decorate scalps with weaves made from virgin human hair in a variety of styles from all over the world, masterfully applied through full sew-ins or glueless blend-in treatments. They nourish strands with keratin smoothing treatments and quinoa-protein damage remedies, or add bold dashes of color with Elumen color conditioning or color-glossing lock-ins. As they await their organic facials or luxurious salon treatments, guests relax on a cozy couch with a complimentary glass of wine, using the studio's free WiFi to catch up on work emails or unseat the previous Foursquare mayor in a devastating smear campaign.

1211 Vine St Ste. 114
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Established: 2011

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Brands Used: Skinceuticals, SkinMedica, NeoCutis, Obagi, Latisse, Botox

Q&A with the Owner

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?

We often have a furry, four-legged canine greeter in attendance who personally ensures that every patient feels welcome and well-announced.

What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?

We consult with them beforehand to get a feel for what their concerns are, what they hope to achieve for the future, and what has and hasn't worked for them in the past. We thoroughly answer their questions, and our injector has a very warm, friendly personality helps patients feel comfortable in her care.

1015 Chestnut St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Breathe SFS was named in honor of the historical PSFS skyscraper, in which the Loews Philadelphia Hotel and its 15,000-square-foot fitness area and spa now reside. Though the building retains much of its 1930s-era charm, the gym space has been modernized to include 15 Cybex cardio and strength-training machines, including elliptical machines and stationary bikes with individual televisions. Guests work on their backstroke in a 20-meter, two-lane heated lap pool and loosen postworkout muscles in the steam room and sauna.

For deeper relaxation, head to one of five spa treatment rooms for an aromatherapy massage or a calming facial or mani-pedi. The menu also includes a Tuscan mud wrap that hydrates the skin and imparts the ability to sing Puccini.

1200 Market Street
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Drs. Ryan Heffelfinger, Howard Krein, and Edmund Pribitkin share a distinction in their field: each holds the title of fellow from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Together, the distinguished doctors and their team of anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and a medical aesthetician operate Jefferson Facial Plastics on the grounds of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. They focus their efforts on plastic and reconstructive surgery for the head, face, and neck, with services ranging from face lifts to hair transplants.

Jefferson Facial Plastics’ therapies also include noninvasive med-spa services such as facials, microdermabrasion, and laser hair removal. The doctors also perform humanitarian work both locally and abroad, including traveling to Guatemala to repair children's cleft lips.

925 Chestnut St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

The staff at Tommi Salon and Spa pamper clients in an airy space with third-floor views of the center city. Stylists trim tresses beneath broad windows in the salon, which also offers services from coloring and straightening to ornate wedding-day updos. The spa swathes clients in a luxurious, but minimalist aesthetic. Footbaths glow blue, purple, and green along a sleek white banquette with six pedicure stations. Other services, such as facials, massages, and waxing, take place in four private treatment rooms; aestheticians also create custom-blended treatments inside a dedicated Spa Lab.

718 Chestnut St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

The tools of the hair-removal trade remain simple at Anjuthreads. A bit of baby powder here, some Aveda toner to close pores there. And the most important item in the aestheticians' toolkit: pure cotton thread from India.

Thread in hand, one of Anjuthreads' experts twists and rolls over the unwanted hair?gently removing it from the skin like a farmer harvesting the world's tiniest, hairiest crop of corn. This ritual unfolds across the face and neck, with attention paid to the sensitivity of skin. If the client prefers it, the salon can also turn to wax to help remove hair.

1126 Walnut St
Philadelphia,
PA
US