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.
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.
Hair Fashion Studio has been creating cutting-edge hairstyles for over 30 years. The talented stylists—who happily work with men, women, and children—are as adept at using the latest industry techniques to craft innovative looks as they are performing classic cuts. To bring freshly crafted looks to fruition, they offer a bevy of hair coloring services, smoothing treatments, and texturizing procedures such as perms and relaxers.
Since looking good means more than just getting a haircut or undergoing a face transplant with Nicholas Cage, Hair Fashion Studio can compliment new ‘dos with airbrush tans and waxing services.
Lotus Hair Design's adept stylists smooth frizzy follicles and fashion progressive hairstyles with vegan and organic products. The deep-conditioning treatment begins with a ritual scalp and shoulder massage, which soothes stressed craniums and clavicles via repetitious kneading and finger-whispered Gregorian chants. Next, tress technicians envelop limp locks with organic keratin oil to infuse skull forests with sustainable style before a dryer dome caps crowns for 20 minutes. Then, an application of sulfate-free Pravana keratin shampoo and conditioner spruces hair to shine, enabling the savvy beautician to snip and style cleansed head nests into trend-setting topiaries or human bonsai flamingo sculptures. Ensuring that patrons leave surging with good vibes, the salon's fuchsia-and-lime-colored interior employs a vibrant décor of plants and lanterns to impart a cheerful, springtime feeling.
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.
Salon Norman-Dee's beauty services put the aesthetic back in anesthetic by letting you close your eyes and bliss out in a stress-free sanctuary while surgical stylists operate on you from head to toe, skipping only the gall bladder, because it's already sexier than it has any right to be. The salon's seasoned scissors-snippers can manage and mold any mop with a cut and style ($40+), coax manes into an anti-grav updo ($65+), or trim bangs ($10+) back into shape after a long winter of stress-eating. Prices increase for services booked with a senior stylist. Otherwise, skip taming in favor of total termination with waxing services such as an eyebrow shaping ($14) or a Brazilian bikini wax ($50) to prevent samba-related thigh burns. Non-hair-related beauty rescues include nail treatments such as the rejuvenating spa manicure ($24+) or pedicure ($45+).