Jean Madeline Aveda Institute beautifies hair and bodies with a wide array of pampering services while preparing tomorrow's stylists to forge the fashion frontier. Wielding an arsenal of contemporary knowledge and organic Aveda products, these well-educated cosmetologists-in-training can sculpt over-tussled manes into timeless coiffeurs ($16) or snip a couple inches off to avoid sweeping stray candy wrappers across the floor with every step ($12). An aromatherapy wrap can relax away inner city stressors by massaging in a choice of scented oils ($35). Those whose facial planes have dulled with the sandpapering of time will enjoy the customized facial, where a torso massage is combined with a mix of products to treat specific skin types until countenances are as radiant as a cherub in a spotlight ($33). Jean Madeline Aveda Institute also offers waxing services to lay bare lips ($8), brows ($11), underarms ($20), dorsal fins, and more.
Bare Skin Laser MedSpa owner Nurit Nisimi has studied both the advanced aesthetic techniques extolled at the Jean Madeline Institute and ancient relaxation methods developed in the Middle East. She uses the latter to prevent pain during laser hair-removal sessions, which zap hair using duo optimal laser technology systems. The highly-trained staff pamper clients during luxurious treatments in a modern environment. Bare Skin Laser MedSpa's certified technicians cater to customers of all skin types and specialize in vein reduction, skin tightening, photo-rejuvenation, and laser age-spot reduction as well as VelaShape body contouring, and Botox and Juvederm injections.
Posh Nail Studio’s nail technicians furbish fingers and toes with manicures and pedicures that pamper skin with botanicals such as aloe juice, peppermint oil, soybean oil, and cucumber heel cream. Instead of posing like a flamingo during spa pedicures, clients unwind in a massage chair as a technician cleanses and files each toe-shield and removes dull skin cells with an exfoliating sand scrub. Hot-rock massages melt tension from legs and feet during treatments such as Rock the Posh and the Milk Me pedicure, and hot towels envelop hooves in warmth more soothing than a lullaby sung by someone with cough-drop breath.
NYW Beauty Island's technicians wage a campaign of beauty and relaxation with cosmetic technology. They operate body-contouring equipment and pamper clients with traditional facials that leave mugs glowing, like neon coffee. Their diverse treatment catalog includes body wraps, LED facial rejuvenation, and waxing. They even make waiting for appointments a relaxing experience by furnishing the lounge with densely cushioned, mocha-colored couches, an elegant rug, candles, and a wide range of verdant plants.
The Dollhouse's Dana and Desiree Imbesi have one goal—to make their clients' skin as smooth and as beautiful as that of a porcelain doll. That said, they don't shy away from applying rich color in the form of organic airbrush tanning formulas. Add-ons to their signature tanning service include a smoothing pineapple exfoliant and a variety of extending creams. The spa's other specialty is unquestionably waxing, though Dana and Desiree also offer expert makeup applications for clients and their most prized dolls.
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.