Brands Used: Influence, CHI color, Jane Carter, DermaOrganic
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I first developed a passion for the beauty industry while working at my aunt's salon in 1983. I loved meeting new clients, and seeing their faces after I finished doing their hair. As a woman, getting your hair done can boost your ego, elevate your mood, and make you feel like a brand-new person. All that being said, I just love people, and I love making them feel like a million bucks.
On Girard Avenue in Brewerytown, Luxxe Nail Spa caters to a wide range of clients, from those who want a simple polish to anyone looking for more elaborate designs. Manicures, pedicures and even eyelash dyeing options are available inside this simple space, where pastel lavender walls are painted with uplifting sayings like “Cherish yesterday, dream tomorrow, live today” and “Life is art, live yours in color.” Clients have been known to take their own art to extremes, even bringing in photos of trendy nailwork to see if the Luxxe staff can pull off the looks. The sweet, friendly atmosphere isn’t surprising considering owner Mimi Lim, who likes to post photos of rescue dogs on the salon’s Facebook page next to the pictures of fabulous nails she’s created.
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.
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.
On Ridge Avenue’s merchant strip in East Falls, Koco Nail Salon and Wax Studio infuses a bit of whimsy into the usual salon setup. Manicures are given clever names such as the Limoncello, which features a citrus scrub, and the Koco Truffle, with a chocolate scrub and a paraffin treatment. For the pedicure called the Arnold Palmer, geared toward athletes, the lucky recipient gets a green tea and lemon footbath and a brown-sugar scrub. There are numerous options to get your nails bedazzled – Swarovski crystals, anyone? – though less flashy treatments might include facials. This friendly spot, with its clean white space accented by greens and browns, even offers an array of waxing choices from eyebrows to Brazilians.
Thick, red, floral-print cushions top a purple bench looking down at the pedicure stations where feet luxuriate in warm, bubbling water. Nearby, a glossy spectrum of OPI and Essie polishes sit poised on white cubed shelves, ready to lay claim to newly groomed nails. While guests relax amid the modern décor at Polish Nail Salon, licensed and trained nail technicians clean and shape nails before lacquering them in glossy hues and Shellac polishes, which won't chip for up to 14 days, no matter how much the anxious person in the airplane seat next to you chews on them. The staff also gussies up faces with eyebrow shaping and eyelash extensions.