The light-filled, spacious L’Etoile occupies the second and third floors of an old factory building on Main Street in Philadelphia’s Manayunk. On the main floor, a comfortable waiting area done up in shades of brown, gold and burnt orange leads to the complete-service salon area beyond, with its nearly floor-to-ceiling windows. Upstairs is the full-service spa, where you can invigorate your skin with a facial, choose a waxing or threading procedure for unwanted hair or indulge in a Swedish, deep-tissue, hot stone or reflexology massage. Besides its gorgeous space, L’Etoile distinguishes itself by offering specialties such as sweet sugar body scrub and by keeping a small selection of handmade local jewelry for sale.
At Starshine Salon, owner Su-Shan Lai's rolodex of talents extends beyond her 17 years in the beauty industry. This work helps her during 30-minute image consultations, wherein she listens to her clients' varied discussion topics and then helps them with everything from reconstructing their resumes to restyling their wardrobes. In addition to giving out advice, Su-Shan and her staff are adept at revamping looks with haircuts, Goldwell color services, and Brazilian Blowouts.
The goals of Chez Raina Salon's experienced staff are to build strong relationships with clients and provide them with exceptional beauty services. Inside the highly sanitized salon space, nail technicians doll up digits with mani-pedis and paraffin treatments. Stylists consult with their clients before cutting and highlighting manes to create whole new hairdos. The staff's aestheticians use waxing services and facials to soften the skin until it's smoother than Boyz II Men lounging in a pool of baby oil.
At Rejuve Nail & Skin Day Spa, the technicians, aestheticians, and massage therapists work together to pool their expertise and offer head-to-toe pampering. Oversized black pedicure chairs stand in a row as guests kick back and a technician tops their toes in vibrant polish colors. Customers can also opt for hot-stone massages, which help melt away tension in muscles after playing catch with a stockless anchor, and a pumpkin exfoliating facial that helps refresh skin.
Cosmetology Salon & Spa doesn't have stylists. They have specialists. Working under the philosophy that high-quality results and high-end service comes from specialization, each member of the staff trains extensively in an individual beautification niche. Much like a caricature drawn of a psychic, each treatment is custom-crafted to meet each client's individual visions. By combining indulgence, minimalism, and a hip fashion sense, Cosmetology Salon & Spa aims to emulate the luxury of a hotel spa while also embodying the warmth of a boutique beauty oasis.
Hairs To You's services include cuts, color, waxing, tanning, and more. Ladies can get their locks shampooed, cut, and styled ($48), while dudes can get similarly dappered for $22. A single-process coloring (first time or new color, $43) or a root touch-up ($36) will turn the most colorless coif into Technicolor tresses. Beyond the head-weeds, Hairs To You can also clear the skin with a half-hour "lunchtime peel" microdermabrasion ($100), color it with a full-body airbrush tan ($40), and adorn it with a makeup application ($25). Whatever combination of services you select, your mirror will be much more likely to offer praise and unsolicited massages when you get home.