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.
Carousel Salon may have moved locations since it was established more than 50 years ago, but it still retains its commitment to providing classic beauty treatments in an inviting, unpretentious setting. The salon's stylists are well versed in creating new hairdos through cuts, coloring, and texturizing treatments, and each member of the team specializes in a unique area of expertise, ensuring that virtually any look can be achieved. Beyond styling, the salon also offers waxing treatments, and nail technicians perform indulgent mani-pedis that include soothing paraffin dips.
Ultrabeauty Day Spa’s 16 treatment rooms are not the only places onsite where clients can unwind. The spa also boasts a sauna, steam room, and Vichy table shower, all of which are cued up and waiting to deliver warmth and relaxation. Luxurious packages combine these amenities with services such as facials, massages, and mani-pedis and can be designed with one or more guests in mind. Couples have been known to plan romantic afternoons here together, and bridal parties are welcome to come and loosen their bouquet-catching muscles.
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.
Renee Foxx and Matthew Yaron worked with clients at some of Philadelphia's best salons before they decided to strike out on their own. They hired a team of veteran hairstylists—some of whom have been plying their trade for more than 20 years—and opened Renee Foxx Salon, a studio designed to make even first-time clients feel like family. Calling on 100% organic and sulfate-free products from L'Anza, the stylists cut, color, style, and texturize their clients' hair according to their unique preferences.
Whether hair is frizzy, lackluster, or in need of added length, the stylists at Styles of Elegance Salon have a plan of attack. From among their arsenal of services, they boost the hair’s health with simple trims and deep-conditioning treatments, and transform looks with chemical relaxers, all-over color, and braids. They also give hair the length it has always longed for with extensions made of 100% virgin hair.