Color is important to HairWaves' staff. It's evident in the head-turning turquoise floor, orange walls, and ochre styling chairs of their salon. It makes sense, too, since the stylists specialize in color, as well as highlights and mani-pedis that put nails through a kaleidoscopic transformation with a buffing, sculpting, and polish. Amid the retro colors of their space, they work on occasion updos as well as Japanese straightening treatments where they saturate hair with a chemical relaxing formula and then treat it with flat irons. The staff also cuts and styles men's and kids' hair and wield wax to remove hair from lips, legs, or gross peaches.
Instructors trained in the Paul Mitchell teaching method introduce students to the art and technique of hair design, color services, and makeup application at Pulse Beauty Academy. Their immersive style of education allows advanced students to gain experience and expertise at an on-site salon, where locals drop in for cut, color, and styling services. Each service is divided by phase one students, phase two’s honor students, and phase nine’s ninjas. In addition to churning out stylists, the school demonstrates its inner beauty by supporting causes such as Habitat for Humanity and the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation.
The rebirth of the turn of the century tonsorial parlor is at the heart of the Shaving Grace philosophy. We have set out to creat an inner sanctum where any man that wishes may recieve the highest level of barbering services in a setting that compliments this ancient art.
Armed with high-end products from brands such as Ouidad, proprietor Frank DeSante and his squad of trained body beautifiers pamper patrons from head to pinky toe through a smorgasbord of services. Savvy strand specialists mold mundane manes into shapely shifts during haircuts, offered for women ($45+), men ($22+), children ($20+), and children's imaginary friends. Each tress trimming includes a scalp massage, shampoo, conditioner, and styling. Customers can brighten up their dermal canvas with expert makeup application ($45+), separate forehead bristle with an eyebrow wax ($10+), or maximize eye-batting with false eyelashes ($15+) long enough to strum. After nourishing above the neck, treat five-pronged pals to a manicure ($15) or pamper market-bound piggies with a pedicure ($30).
It takes something special for a salon to stand out from the crowd. At Style Masters Salon and Spa, that something takes the form of acclaim?they were named the top spot for "Best Hair Rejuvenation" by Suburban Life magazine in 2012, and their facials have been listed amongst the best in town by the Philly Hot List. Those lauded hair services include cuts, color, and texture treatments, all provided by highly trained stylists. Spa facials, meanwhile, refresh skin with customized masks and peels. Manicures and pedicures pamper fingers and toes with rosemary and mint salves and glossy shellac polishes, and massages employ heated bamboo and exfoliating salt scrubs to eliminate tension from attempting the Sunday crossword.
Though a staff of more than 25 people swarms around Bella Salon & Spa’s 4,000-square-foot space, the services they perform are always personal. A smile, a wink, and an individual style consultation always greet salon-goers at the outset, before a savvy stylist—armed with Bumble and bumble and L’Oreal Paris products—primps strands with Balmain extensions, ombre highlights, and Brazilian Blowouts.
Elsewhere in the wood accented two-story shop, dedicated aestheticians can be found beautifying bodies with Nufree wax and Dermalogica skincare products. Facials hinge on customizable serums that can combat a range of skin issues, including sun damage, teen acne, clogged pores, and atrophied dimples.