Since opening in 1996 as a barbershop, Solaris Hair Salon has undergone a complete renovation and added women’s salon services, manicures, and spray tanning. Owners with more than 20 years in the beauty industry run the salon, where a team of stylists suits facial features and styling preferences when they render men’s, women’s, and children’s haircuts. They pull from a library of more than 500 hair colors; Chi Ionic’s shades are ammonia-free, and Clairol Professional color has a soy complex that conditions and adds shine to hair.
At the salon's manicure stations, nail technicians coat digits with regular or Shellac polish, and perform specialty manicures such as an anti-aging version with antioxidant-rich grapeseed oil and pomegranate exfoliant. The team also administers spray tanning from Fake Bake, which enriches skin with a paraben-free botanical blend that promises not to turn orange, like the chameleon you’re hiding in the grass.
After more than 15 years honing her craft in the hair care industry, stylist Shonya decided it was time to open her own salon. At Dolls Hair Studio, her team of expert haircutters—affectionately nicknamed the Glam Squad—brims with the talent of licensed cosmetologists whose work has dazzled judges at local competitions and fashion shows. Armed with model-grade products from brands such as Influance, the Glam Squad gets to work creating silken manes with weaves, or sculpting natural hair into popular designs, such as cornrows. The team's other services range from reshaping hair with crimping and updos to brightening locks with highlights and permanent color. To make sure their hard work doesn't go unnoticed over the following weeks, the Glam Squad takes time to teach clients how to sculpt, primp, and protect their hair to keep it looking salon-fresh.
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.
At Paris Hair Salon, owner Lisa Paris leads a team of color specialists, who bring creativity and high-quality products to every head of hair they treat. Bottles bearing brand names such as Aloxxi Color, Tigi, and Aquage help the stylists reshape and re-shade tired strands, and Brazilian blowout treatments bring a sense of calm to manes beset by frizz. The salon is also a DevaCurl location, meaning its stylists are well suited to meet the unique needs of hair that is naturally curly or covered in fusilli pasta.
Whether hair is frizzy, lackluster, or in need of added length, the stylists at Styles of Elegance Salon have a plan of attack. From among their arsenal of services, they boost the hair’s health with simple trims and deep-conditioning treatments, and transform looks with chemical relaxers, all-over color, and braids. They also give hair the length it has always longed for with extensions made of 100% virgin hair.
Jacquelyne Rudy and Dawn Kalin, the founders of True Skin, take a holistic approach to beauty, as they combine their knowledge of health, nutrition, and yoga with years of experience in skincare. They hope each client can relax and discover their most radiant self through services such as facials, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion, as well as rejuvenating laser skin-tightening and defuzzing laser hair-removal treatments. Geri Massott, the certified massage therapist and reiki master on staff, kneads away tension with an arsenal of bodywork modalities and an oversize rolling pin. True Skin's spa-like studio instills serenity in guests with deep cherry drapes, soft lighting, and coffee-shaded hardwood floors as they await beautification. The aesthetic haven is located between Chestnut Hill and Flourtown, so GPS users should input the town of Glenside into their friendly driving device or whisper "Glenside" to their flying carpet.