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.
Janet has spent six years plying tension from sore muscles with her tailored therapeutic massages, which incorporate techniques from Swedish, orthopedic, and Thai yoga modalities. But she hasn’t been doing it alone. She receives assistance from specialized massage beds. Each bed is equipped with an amethyst far-infrared biomat that provides soothing heat to the client's body as Janet tends to sore muscles, inflamed joints, and funny bones that only respond to prop comedy. She also offers inversion therapy, which relies on downward body positioning to help correct weak back muscles and misalignments.
OhLaLa Massage owner Said Ait Alla, who has practiced massage therapy in several countries, leads his team of co-ed practitioners in the relaxing art of bodywork. Inside private treatment rooms with Moroccan-themed decor, his therapists employ the smooth, flowing strokes of Swedish massage, the more intense kneading of deep-tissue massage, or the healing techniques of shiatsu and myofascial release. They also administer body scrubs that exfoliate and cleanse skin, boosting circulation more quickly and safely than strapping a jet engine to a Ferris wheel.
The knowledgeable therapists at Viva Massage draw on one of the most ancient forms of therapy—massage—in lieu of other older therapies, such as smashing vases. Each specialist can help soothe aches using an array of modalities including Swedish, deep-tissue, prenatal, and sports massages, which they perform inside minimalistic rooms with gray-green walls. Viva Massage’s therapists can even bring their holistic craft to parties, events, and businesses—they offer on-location chair massage treatments.
Located right near the Pennsylvania-Delaware border, Devon Esthetique's skincare services are so customized they're not even listed on the website. That's because owner Devon Tucker-Kirk, whose own complexion has thrown her a few curveballs, knows firsthand how different everyone's skin is. Aestheticians analyze and diagnose skin types before consulting with clients to create a custom facial with medical- and pharmaceutical-grade products instead of leftover soy-sauce packets. Their aim differs slightly from the typical wellness center: aestheticians seek to provide results first and relaxation second, helping to send a clear message to acne and eczema. The earth-toned wellness studio also pops with colorful floral pillows, which cushion stainless steel, airless jet pedicure chairs as visitors have nails buffed and polished to a perfect sheen before accessing the complimentary healthy snack bar.
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.