While searching for a location for her salon and spa, founder Janet Conigliaro fell in love with a historic Victorian house on the edge of Wilmington. Deciding the domestic setting would help her clients feel at home, Conigliaro started her business, and more than a decade later, she and her staff are still snipping tresses and pampering skin amid the dwelling’s wood floors, ornate silver mirrors, and flowing lavender and green curtains.
The stylists employ products from Redken, Goldwell, and Framesi as they shift hair shades and craft updos for weddings, proms, and nights of partying at the city’s trendiest gas stations. The rest of the staff stays busy, too: nail technicians layer fingertips with long-lasting Shellac polish, skin specialists concoct custom masks for troubled skin, and massage therapists soothe knotted backs with Swedish, hot-stone, and sports massages. In the boutique, visitors can find jewelry and handbags to add to the wax statues of vacationing Supreme Court justices they sculpt in their free time.
Currie Hair Skin & Nails performs its ministrations in ultramodern, elegant spaces as clients settle into plush robes and slippers. Stylists guide patrons into sleek leather chairs to infuse 'dos with face-framing highlights or tame overgrown head ferns with a phalanx of scissors and a blow-dry for good measure. Visages in need of amelioration may opt for the recovery facial, which revitalizes with an arctic-berry-based antioxidant serum that neutralizes free radicals and protects the skin. During an aromatherapy massage, licensed massage therapists soothe away stress from demanding jobs and dishonest parking meters, and mani-pedi specialists deftly shape and polish nails, repair broken nail beds, and curb thrill-seeking hangnails.
Ambitions Salon specializes in men's and women's haircuts, color, and Brazilian straightening treatments. Nail artists focus on fingers and toes with spa manicures and pedicures, and massage therapists help keep tension and stress at bay with hot-stone massages, reflexology, and craniosacral therapy.
Lauri C. Hagan, a 20-year veteran of the beauty industry, leads a team of stylists who cut, highlight, and perm hair. Her staff helps brides prepare for their big day with updos, soft waves, or hair extensions. Other hair-related services include facial waxing and Brazilian blowouts.
Led by renowned master stylists Natasha Latina and Ann Tasker, who named the business using their children's initials, the 17-member staff at Salon Pasca transforms hair while maintaining a commitment to the environment. Stylists employ earth-conscious products to perform cuts, specialty foiling services, and conditioning treatments. The team also conquers frizz with Japanese thermal straightening and enhances coifs with five types of hair extensions or alpaca pelts. Stylists boast a number of disciplines, including taking classes with or being educators for product lines such as Davines, which uses eco-friendly materials in its formulas and packaging. In addition to haircare services, beauty specialists also apply makeup and wax unwanted hair. In keeping with its green values, the Pasca crew gives a $5 discount on refills when patrons return their empty shampoo and conditioner bottles. The salon also recycles paper, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles. The walls of the boutique-like space sport sleek metallic accents and a curvy, bright-red couch where guests can rest or build an eye-catching cushion fort.
Each guest who walks through the door at Michael Christopher Salon & Day Spa is personally greeted by a staff member, just the start to the client's pampering experience. Clients enter the comfortable salon lobby, where gourmet coffee and magazines await. The salon, which has garnered a number of awards, treats clients to haircuts, highlights, and perms. Private rooms host massages and facial treatments, and nail technicians offer traditional and Shellac mani-pedis.