Hollywood Tans' proprietary booths and technologies produce consistent skin tones at 140 sites worldwide. Each location boasts an average of 15 upright, sanitary booths that allow customers to do jumping jacks as they build bronze in 8–11 minutes. For those who prefer to shade sans rays, Mystic spray vestibules banish pallor by misting pelts in aloe-rich custom shades that last up to seven days, and a proprietary line of tanning lotions helps maintain and maximize color between visits.
Plume Salon’s adorable pink tile exterior faces Girard Avenue in the Fishtown neighborhood. The interior emanates a fun, trendy, hip vibe, with patterned fabric waiting-area chairs, mismatched work stations and vintage décor, like a tiled arch over a doorway. Plume charges reasonable prices for their services, which include men’s and women’s haircuts, single- and double-process color treatments, deep conditioning and facial waxing, and while the salon does not take credit cards or have an ATM, customers will be offered a drink while they wait. They also offers kids’ haircuts for a more than fair price. The salon stocks hair-care products from Onesta, American Crew and Wella, among others.
Helmed by Glamour magazine hair show judge and globetrotting master stylist, teams up with clients to create head-turning new hairdos with cuts, conditioning treatments, highlights, and all-over coloring. Guests choose from an impressive litany of cosmetic services, including flatiron curling, root touchups, and extensions. Moroccan hair masks soothe malnourished strands, and fancy updos prep clients for dazzling wedding parties or adhering to lab-safety procedures. Patrons can enlist the help of a master stylist or master stylist-in-training to remove unwanted hair from their eyebrows and upper lips or add touches of vibrant color to their scalps.
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.
At the intersection of modern, young aesthetics — think skinny jeans and plaid shirts — and an old-school shave-and-haircut shop, you’ll find The Duke Barber Co. This hip but homey space specializes in particular brand of grooming, politely described as “straight-razor shaving, precision cutting and awesomeness.” With a coat of arms for a logo, The Duke is housed in an L-shaped space containing a row of barber chairs and a comfy, dark-leather waiting area that looks out upon the expanse of Northern Liberties’ Piazza. Wares for sale include classic chess sets, shaving supplies and stainless-steel flasks. You might want to wait until the end of the week to make your appointment, when Whiskey Fridays beckon all those looking for a weekend kickstart to combine with a fresh new look.
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.