"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.
Amid beach-themed decorations, children and adults alike slide into styling chairs at Surfs Up Salon, where staffers create new ‘dos to suit any age. Kids can flip through books during haircuts that include glitter tattoos or watch TV while their parents indulge in hair and skin services. The salon also hosts children’s parties wherein girls try on makeup, receive facials, sample teas, or croon “The Battle of 1814” on a karaoke machine.
Most Popular Service: Hair artistry, color, manicures, pedicures
Brands Used: J of Beverly Hills, Matrix, Redken, American Crew, Coppola
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
As the joint namesakes of Salon Christopher, co-owners Chris Angelastro and Chris Moore run their sizable team of stylists with experienced aesthetic eyes. Moore draws upon years of climbing the ranks in a New Jersey salon, and Angelastro taps a lifetime of growing up in his dad's salon. Today, their joint venture boasts both stylists' chairs and mani-pedi stations. Under the owners’ direction, stylists rinse locks in ebony shampoo bowls, lathering strands with products that boast shampoo-championship-ready pedigrees from brands including Italian-import Davines and Australian line Kevin Murphy.
Anthony Rossano created b2 after running Bernard's Salon & Day Spa for more than 20 years. Today, he matches men and women with the talented teams of stylists and colorists who bring their skills to b2's three locations—each as modern and airy as a cloud on a hovercraft. The Cherry Hill salon and the circular Washington Township salon are both completely white inside, and Philadelphia's b2 is marked by wood accents and geometric shapes. All three salons offer facial waxing; technicians renovate nails in Washington Township and Philadelphia.