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.
Technicians at Clearly Beautiful Nails use the 1064 Yag Laser to painlessly rid feet of infections, warts, and nail fungus. In addition to treating toes, the office rents and sells laser units and also creates foot-centered marketing materials for display in waiting rooms.
Licensed acupuncturist Lance David Isakov practices kundalini yoga, reiki, qi gong, zero balancing, plant-spirit medicine, and other healing techniques like a basketball player practices a jump shot or a pianist practices the piano—with equal parts dedication and joy. He and his staff of fellow licensed acupuncturists and wellness practitioners bundle those same services at Wayne Family Wellness. There, he guides students and patients through overcoming an array of disorders and conditions, including stress, allergies, and fatigue using both classic five element and traditional Chinese medicine styles of acupuncture. Isakov’s wife and certified massage therapist Amy Isakov also lends a therapeutic hand during Swedish, Thai, reflexology, and deep-tissue massages.
Under the direction of a cadre of board-certified dermatologists, the body-coddlers of Cirillo Cosmetic Dermatology Spa lavish clients with skincare, face treatments, and beauty treatments. Facials eschew one-size-fits-all philosophies and can be customized to include anti-aging modalities, acne-fighting formulas, or the precise care required by detachable robot heads. A back facial stimulates circulation as it sloughs away dead skin, milia, and blackheads to improve health and appearance. The one-hour Swedish massage can relieve stress and tension with long, broad strokes. Voted the No. 1 provider of dermatology and skincare services by Best of The Main Line 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 in The Main Line Media News, Cirillo Cosmetic Dermatology Spa provides medically backed beauty solutions in a soothing environment, where patients can forget the cares of modern urban life, such as losing car keys in the mouth of a whale.
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.
The savvy stylists at Tantra Hair Salon & Day Spa create accentuating coiffures with an arsenal of Paul Mitchel products and professional hair services. Patrons warm up by the fireplace and sip a complimentary beverage in the neutral-hued waiting area before lending head nests to a scissor-handed specialist, who snips off split ends, creates desired layers, and removes stray cockatiel feathers. A deep-conditioning treatment bolsters silky, smooth head fringe, and a final blow-dry seals in style. Additionally, patrons can brighten locks with partial highlights or thoroughly disguise manes from codependent hairbrushes with full highlights applied to each strand with a paintbrush dipped in a choice of acrylic hue.
Candles shed soothing light in Lavenders Body Care Clinic’s dim treatment rooms, kindling a calming ambiance where relaxation can thrive. In addition to nailcare and spray-tan services, the licensed aestheticians, cosmetologists, and therapists lend their skilled hands to massages, facials, masks, and body wraps. The clinic’s spa rituals merge individual services into super packages enhanced with raw and organic products including lavender, milk, honey, and wild peanut butter.