Whether with clippers or scissors, Gregory Rossi demonstrates a deft barber's touch that he's honed for nearly 20 years. At Rossi's Hair Studio, he and his brother Nicholas tap into their industry experience to provide cuts, shaves, and other hair services for both male and female clients. Men can polish up their looks with a standard or buzz cut, hot shaves, and even men's color camo services, which can conceal grey hairs or toy soldiers hiding in parts. Rossi's also offers women's cuts in addition to highlight, coloring, and waxing treatments.
At Silk Body Waxing Studio, licensed aesthetician Kristen Whiting might be the one removing hair from your body, but you're the one in control. Kristen allows her clients to determine the speed and technique of her waxing services. For especially sensitive skin, she might take a slow, section-by-section approach, whereas those who prioritize speed receive a swift yet gentle procedure. Regardless of their preference, one rule remains firm: no double dipping.
Kristen caters to men and women alike with her supply of cream-based and hard wax. She specializes in Brazilians, which remove every strand of hair from the front and back of the pelvic region. This and other body waxing services leave physiques smooth and primed for summer activities, such as hitting the beach or worshipping Ra. In addition to areas such as the chest, underarms, and abdomen, Kristen also waxes parts of the face, from brows to sideburns to lips. And, as a trained skincare professional, she can even accompany clients on shopping trips for skin products and provide other advice for keeping pores healthy.
After guests have had a chance to kick back with a drink in the waiting area, Slice Hair Studio's stylists get busy mapping out a custom cranial blueprint. Once they have a plan in mind, these scissor whizzes can do everything from tidy up appearances with a simple trim to add depth and dimension with coloring and texturizing treatments. The primping doesn't have to stop with hair, though? the staffers can also put the final touches on new looks with tanning and waxing services.
In addition to taking care of guests, the stylists do their best to take care of the planet, embracing environmentally friendly business practices whenever possible. This means that they stock the shelves with natural and organic hair-care products, use energy-efficient appliances, and recycle leftover trimmings to make wigs for endangered bald eagles.
For the last 20 years, Maxamillion A.J. Wells III has doggedly perfected the techniques of male grooming. His efforts have not gone unnoticed, earning him myriad awards and even a prominent role in the PBS documentary Barbershops: PA Stylin?. At his eponymous barbershop, Maxamillion showcases his mastery of various styles and skills, including the flat top and the hot-lather razor fade. Amid the shop?s eclectic artwork and ornate barber chairs, he also softens skin with facials and buffs shoes to a dazzling shine. When he isn?t practicing his art, Maxamillion teaches it to others via salon consultations or educational sessions on everything from basic haircutting to advanced skills such as controlling clippers with your mind.
At the intersection of modern, young aesthetics — think skinny jeans and plaid shirts — and an old-school shave-and-haircut shop, you’ll find The Duke Barber Co. This hip but homey space specializes in particular brand of grooming, politely described as “straight-razor shaving, precision cutting and awesomeness.” With a coat of arms for a logo, The Duke is housed in an L-shaped space containing a row of barber chairs and a comfy, dark-leather waiting area that looks out upon the expanse of Northern Liberties’ Piazza. Wares for sale include classic chess sets, shaving supplies and stainless-steel flasks. You might want to wait until the end of the week to make your appointment, when Whiskey Fridays beckon all those looking for a weekend kickstart to combine with a fresh new look.