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.
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.
Relaxation is a key concept at Genesis Nail Salon in the Northern Liberties neighborhood. Orchids line the windows and bright Easter-colored walls vary from one wall to the next to make this salon a cozy place. A well-conceived variety of manicures and pedicures means that each customer can receive the service of their choice. Genesis offers waxing as well as massages, and don’t be surprised if you’re offered a short complimentary neck massage while waiting for your nails to dry. Genesis is less about flash and more about attentiveness and overall customer support; you can even sign up for a membership, where for every dollar you spend, you’ll accumulate points to earn free services.
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.
The gals at Salon Tenshi promote hair health with restorative steam treatments that repair, hydrate, volumize, or color protect hair. From inside their chic salon they also offer haircuts, color and highlights, as well as keratin treatments that combat frizz.
The recipe for youth? Start with an Immuno-Skin Complex, and combine it with five exfoliators, hydrators, and skin brighteners. Then add Dr. Murad's Youth Building Acupressure Massage, throw in an eye-lift treatment, and finish it off with a cooling mask. The result: an extensive 60-minute anti-aging facial that lifts and tones the skin, diminishes wrinkles, and restores a healthy glow to cheeks.
This is The Queen Spa's Youth Building Facial, one of nearly 10 facials the spa uses to restore its clients' natural beauty and simultaneously raise their spirits. All of the facials here utilize Dr. Murad products and aim to deliver clinical results with a soft touch. Of course, facials aren't the spa's only forte: massages are also on the docket with styles ranging from stress-busting Swedish massage to the yoga-like Table Thai massage, for which clients remain fully dressed in loose clothing or their most flexible snowsuit. Mani-pedis and waxing are also offered and conducted with the same doting attention as the spa's massage and skincare treatments.