After settling into Paragon's chic animal-print chairs and admiring the stylish art sprinkled on its bright, welcoming walls, your luxurious spa treatments will begin with a thorough skin analysis by a certified aesthetician. Next, they'll introduce your flesh-app Facebook to the deep-pore-cleansing facial, which reduces oil without drying and moisturizes the skin to treat spontaneous flare-ups. Newly pampered skin will take a final curtain call once the detoxifying mask removes impurities and a decisive antioxidant is applied for ultimate radiance. Batting clean-up is the microdermabrasion treatment, which uses the DiamondTome system of skin regeneration to exfoliate and smooth the skin, eliminating dead skin cells and any Deadhead cells that have lingered there since the ’60s.
"We love being creative, but we'll always follow your lead." This is how Spa Villa team members describe their approach. When it comes to hair, they're just as happy to apply sleek, classic extensions as they are to stripe locks with purple and pink. Nearby, nail techs wield OPI, CND, and Shellac brushes to coat nails in a single color or festoon them with abstract shapes and glitter.
"Say goodbye to cookie-cutter treatments," they say, pointing to the customizability of Dermalogica products along with face-mapping sessions that pinpoint the unique needs of each client. Body scrubs, steam sessions, and massages can also be tailored for optimal stress relief or minimal funny bone tickling. And for those interested in hair restoration, private, one-on-one consultations can lead to the design of custom hairpieces.
The stylists at Michael Anthony Studios approach each haircut with a fresh perspective, snipping strands and coiffing curls to give clients their own standout style. They help guests achieve their signature look with services including keratin treatments, which help smooth unruly strands, and all-over highlights, which add dimension and vibrance to locks.
But the staff tackles more than just hair. They pamper ladies' paws with french manicures and paraffin hand dips, and take care of gents with hand treatments that include an exfoliation and massage. Their waxing services help oust unwanted hair on the face, legs, or bikini region. Also offering professional makeup applications, the staff revamps looks in preparation for events such as weddings or LARP coronations.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
The word "verde" means "green" in Spanish, and that's exactly what Verde Salon strives to be. The salon offers numerous eco-friendly beauty treatments, from formaldehyde-free nail polishes to skincare products formulated with organic and vegan ingredients. Even the space itself is green—it boasts low- or no-VOC paints and finishes, recycled wallpaper and bamboo flooring, and EnergyStar appliances.
Owner and head stylist Kevin Gatto runs the show here. The beauty guru has more than a decade of industry experience under his belt, including stints as an expert stylist on CBS- and NBC-Philadelphia, and a lifetime of shampooing his own hair. He and his team work hard to keep up with the always-changing salon industry, regularly participating in what Gatto calls "scissors-on" trainings to learn the latest styles and techniques.
Rustic wood floors, french doors, and calming white walls create a cozy atmosphere that complements T.A.R. Salon's roster of relaxing services. Skilled hands untie muscular knots during massage and bodywork sessions. During hair-related appointments, they'll clip fresh coifs from overgrown scalps, outdated 'dos, or over-powdered wigs. Nailcare and waxing round out the salon’s services, and patrons can opt to combine any number of treatments to usher in a full day of self-pampering.