Co-owners Wadiya Adger and Georgina Weston, along with hair-design and color specialist Candace Aloi, pamper clients with personable salon services for all hair and skin types. Leaning on their extensive beautifying experience, the trio deftly delivers highlights and cornrows along with less hirsute pursuits, such as waxing, body scrubs, mani-pedis, and anti-aging facials. Slinging handpicked products by Redken, Pureology, and Aveda, the trio of beautifiers sets to work, revamping styles for everything from a night out on the town to a quiet date watching a film about a night out on the town. Not content to only focus on hair, the professional prettifiers soothe clients with spa treatments, such as a hydrating body wrap or peeper-enhancing eyelash extensions.
Robin Dove Hair Studio’s color and style team consider hair their main artistic medium, sculpting beautiful looks for everyday clients and the high-profile mugs of local celebrities and news reporters. An educator for J Beverly Hills Salon, owner Robin Dove is experienced with hair of all textures and continually enlists in training to keep abreast of the haircare industry's latest trends and grooviest new ideas about running with scissors. These training sessions enable her to pass knowledge on to her staff, which can handle anything from basic haircuts and updos to extensions, weaves, and formaldehyde-free keratin straightening treatments. The studio’s stylists create a welcoming, relaxing atmosphere as they pour complimentary coffee for clients visiting early in the day and arm afternoon guests with glasses of wine.
Sports fans and '80s pop lovers may already be familiar with the work of Xquisite Hair Design owner Robert O’Donnell. In his 31 years as a licensed stylist, he’s served such clients as Belinda Carlisle of The Go-Go’s and Dick Vermiel, the former head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. He's something of a leader himself; his team consists of stylists for every type of hair. Together their services include cuts, colors, conditioning, perms, and even such hair designs as cornrows and spikes that spell out "howdy, fellow backgammon enthusiasts." The staff also lengthens hair by bonding, capping, or sewing in hair weaves and uses products from Paul Mitchell and Moroccanoil throughout their services.
Charles Pickens's many years of experience in the hair industry has culminated with what he calls his "finest salon to date." He and his team perform mane transformations with cut and color services designed to complement each client's personal style. Striving for a relaxing and upscale atmosphere, stylists break up monotone locks with highlights or lowlights, which aim to add dimension and enhance features, or they can add shine to heads with demi-permanent color or colorless glazes. The salon also prides itself on its texturing services, which aim to boost limp locks with wave treatments or smooth frizzy strands with keratin treatments.
Founded by brother- and sister-in-law Brett and Suzanne Sauder, Taire Hair Salon Inc. aims to reinvigorate manes with the latest techniques and products. Creative director Brett graduated from the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London and continues to study with respected industry figures. Suzanne used her own extensive training to craft figure-skater's hairstyles for the US ice-skating trials that were both aerodynamic and unaffected by low scores from cynical judges. She has also achieved a personal goal by becoming only the ninth person in Philadelphia to earn the title of master hair colorist.
Stylists set to work on precision cuts, texturizing services, makeup applications, and other aesthetic tasks in Taire's sleek space. The studio is divided into two sections that are minimalist in design and spacious enough to comfortably entertain four clients at a time. The Sauder-led team employs the L'Oréal Paris line to transform color, such as an ammonia-free, virtually odorless Inoa formula that's invisible to all forms of radar.
The stylists at HairSense are versatile—not only do they pride themselves in revamping hairstyles, they also sculpt ornate up-dos and other lavish looks in preparation for proms, weddings, and special occasions. To this end, they administer a full range of hair services, including designer cuts, perms, color, and conditioning.
While a stylist takes care of your hair, feel free to relax and enjoy a cup of complimentary coffee, tea, or a glass of wine. There's free WiFi, too, so it's possible to search for the latest hairstyles and then email the president for his opinion.