A rainbow wall of haircare products from Aveda, Moroccan Oil, Matrix, and Bed Head fills the sunny storefront of Rosci Salon Da' Spa. Inside, stylists rely on these crèmes to fashion three types of wave perms or conceal salt-and-pepper coifs with liquid chroma. Continuing education classes have trained their nimble fingers, which channel both men and women's styles and weave in silky human hair extensions with durable nylon bonds. In private treatment chambers, beds support bodies during eight therapeutic and relaxation massages, and Bioelements blending labs put fragrance- and color-free tonics at aestheticians' fingertips to mix into facials for every skin type. OPI polish slicks natural nails and acrylics in high-gloss color, and Jane Iredale makeup protects skin from air pollutants and UV-rays while fooling facial detection software in red-light runner cameras.:m]]
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.
Timeless Sage's holistic healers tune the mind, body, and spirit with spa treatments that incorporate Chinese therapy techniques. During massages, therapists coat clients in botanical-infused GP Deva skincare products, then work over backs using the techniques of Swedish, deep-tissue, and other modalities. These sessions can also incorporate jade-stone therapy, during which smooth green orbs glide over the back, refreshing the body with alternating bursts of heat and cold, like a shower set to shuffle. Certified lash specialists plump up lid fringe with customized synthetic or mink lashes, which are individually bonded onto the original lashes. The center even treats nonhuman stress, performing equestrian bodywork based on a gentle, intuitive technique known as the Masterson Method.
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.
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.