On the other side of Bleu Mousse Salon’s brick exterior, clients enter into the newly renovated space where experienced stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists build personal relationships with clients as they customize treatments to suit their needs. Clients can snack on complimentary wine and snacks from neighborhood eateries as they wander through the space outfitted with a comfortable lounge boasting a flat-screen TV, which beams in big sporting events and the lesser-known Olympics. Track lighting illuminates stylists revamping manes with L’Oréal Majirel, Inoa, and Richesse hair dye, and private treatment rooms wrap around aestheticians as they pamper pores with glo therapeutics skincare products during facials and chemical peels.
A Cut Above is overseen by salon owner and master stylist Skip La Spina, who began bending manes according to his will at the age of 15. After studying in New York and London, Skip landed an assistantship with famed stylist Paul Mitchell, who called upon Skip for a variety of tasks during high-end hair shows and glamorous pageants for up-and-coming cotton candy manufacturers. Trained in the Wave-A-Metrics cutting technique, Skip snips hair according to each client's distinct growth pattern, face shape, and penchant for posing in front of oscillating house fans. Skip and his team offer a variety of hair, skin, and nail services in a clean and spacious salon environment.
Under the guidance of Vidal Sassoon–trained owner Michele Greim, stylists at Salon A apply their fashion savvy to clients’ heads. In a warm, Tuscan-inspired space decorated with yellow walls, distressed mirrors, and marble tiles, experts carefully prune manes into styles ranging from sleek bobs to edgy pixie cuts. As eco-friendly Enjoy and hard-to-find It's A 10 products create stylish looks, stylists dispense easy-to-follow tips, recommend haircare items, and explain why peanut butter makes a subpar replacement for styling gel. Color treatments completely transform hairstyles, whether with the summery streaks of partial highlights or the bold all-over hues of a single-process color.
Better Health Tanning and Nail Spa's aestheticians perform a generous range of services designed to delicately prune and pamper skinscapes. Wielding antibacterial soy wax, seasoned aesthetician Kim Gider clears away unwanted hair by using eyebrow, lip, and Brazilian waxes with a formula that uproots entire follicles, much as gardeners coat weeds and stubborn toads in cream, then yank them swiftly away from flowers. The spa’s strict hygiene policy promises that no waxing wand double-dips into the antimicrobial blend, keeping each client’s skin as clean as possible.
The licensed aestheticians at Eden Medical Spa have one goal: to make clients appear younger and feel more confident. To achieve this mission, they administer advanced laser and radio-frequency treatments that firm skin and release unwanted hairs' bristly clutches. Traditional treatments such as chemical peels, waxing, and massage cozy up alongside the more technological treatments to dissipate wrinkles, lighten blemishes, and untie tension.
Luminosity helps its patrons glow, bronzing skin with airbrush tans and brightening smiles with advanced equipment. Sleek booths or skilled technicians apply sun-free tans to bronze clients without the dangers of spending time outside, where someone could just steal your shoes for fun. In-office teeth-whitening services speedily dissolve stains with LED-activated gels, while at-home kits and compact pens offer convenient touch-ups on the go.
A Best of Philly 2009 poster from Philadelphia Magazine hangs proudly in the window of Salon Charisse, recognizing Patricia Oelbaum's waxing prowess. As Patricia strips away hair from bikini lines, limbs, and faces in the backroom, a talented hairstyling crew bustles in the airy styling arena. Amid french-vanilla walls and floral paintings, the stylists reshape 'dos and add luminous dimension with highlights. Frizzy locks cascade like waterfalls of butter with help from Express Keratin treatments or the more powerful Japanese hair-straightening technique. The salon's stylists and aestheticians also host birthday parties, where they primp partygoers with manicures and makeup.