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.
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.
Along the walls of Cuticle Cubicle, dozens of bottles display a dazzling spectrum of colors. Using these myriad hues of regular polish as well as long-lasting Shellac polish, aestheticians beautify nails with manicures and pedicures as clients sink back into spa chairs as plush as a teddy bear filled with diamonds.
Luxury skincare regimens typically focus on the face, but for more than a decade, the technicians at Crystal Nails & Spa have instead pampered hands and feet. Feet soak up a foot-facial mask, tingle with baking-soda-exfoliation treatments, and luxuriate in green-tea soaks. Manicures are enhanced by add-ons such as shoulder massages, keratin-lotion gloves, and electric gloves that warm hands more efficiently than installing solar panels on them.
When they’re not adding polish, gel, or acrylics to nails, the staff can be found administering chair massages or ultrasonic-cavitation treatments, which reduce cellulite and make beautiful body shape.
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.
Moxie Blue Salon's seasoned stylists snip curls and hydrate locks with precise haircuts and salon services prefaced by a thorough consultation. After discussing desired angles and which cheekbone most deserves to display its tattoo, a scissors wielder frees scalps of split ends during the 45-minute haircut. Once lighter and layered, hairdos bask in a deep-conditioning treatment that hydrates heads and relaxes overly stressed strands. Feel free to have a stylist sprinkle coifs with partial or full highlights, a strand-coating lightener that adds dimensionality without inducing the misguided application of crayons. Or wrestle unruly locks into silky submission by undergoing a Control Zero treatment that works to transform frizzy hair into straight, shiny manes without the use of formaldehyde. Within the salon, sleek orange chairs pop against the clean white walls and brown counters as stylists snatch blow-dryers hanging leisurely from the ceiling.