Philadelphia Day Spas & Salons Guide

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PHILADELPHIA, November 2, 2016 – A vacation isn’t a vacation without at least an hour or two of pampering built in. Philadelphia day spas and salons are equipped to answer the call, offering clients a variety of luxurious customized services to refresh both body and spirit. They feature the latest in body treatments, relaxation therapy and beauty services—from the most all-natural mani-pedis to deeply transformative Thai yoga massages to rejuvenating facials.Philadelphia, PA, A vacation isn’t a vacation without at least an hour or two of pampering built in. Philadelphia day spas and salons are equipped to answer the call, offering clients a variety of luxurious customized services to refresh both body and spirit. They feature the latest in body treatments, relaxation therapy and beauty services—from the most all-natural mani-pedis to deeply transformative Thai yoga massages to rejuvenating facials.

Hotel Day Spas/Salons:

  • New Hope Spa at The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm– This bucolic, 31-acre Bucks County estate once belonged to famed playwright George Kaufman and now sets the scene for lovely spa where pros apply all-natural ingredients to clients in luxurious treatment rooms. Guests can also enjoy a meal at the romantic onsite restaurant—and stay overnight at the quaint countryside B&B. 5281 Old York Road, Holicong, (215) 794-5104,
  • Jay Michael Salon – A Main Line mainstay has combined with Essent Spa to offer not only a full range of hair care for men and women (precision cuts, extensions, Keratin treatments), but also custom facials and medical spa services for guests staying onsite at The Radnor Hotel and famously fastidious locals. 595 E. Lancaster Avenue, St. Davids, (610) 964-0800,
  • Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon in The Ritz-Carlton– Inside the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, this serene comfort zone offers body, hair and skin treatments. Special services include four-handed massages, reflexology and an array of facials ranging from optimal hydration to ultimate anti-aging with optional add-ons for lips, legs and delicate décolletage. 10 Avenue of the Arts, 3rd floor, (215) 523-8035,
  • Rittenhouse Spa & Club– On the third floor of The Rittenhouse hotel, famed stylist Paul Labrecque leads the hair team, much to the delight of his fiercely loyal patrons. Hot shaves, nature-inspired conditioning treatments, Vitamin C facials and in-suite massages complete the luxury menu. 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, 3rd Floor, (215) 790-2500,

Day Spas and Salons:

  • Adolf Biecker Spa and Salon – For Aveda loyalists, this trio of locally owned salon and spas offers a full menu of hair, nail, facial and body-care services, including packages such as “The Energizer”: Swedish massage, customized facial and lunch. The spa/salon uses Aveda exclusively; University City’s Adolf Biecker Studio offers a full menu of hair and waxing services. 1605 Sansom Street, (215) 735-6404; 508 W. Lancaster Avenue, Strafford, (610) 687-4750,; 138 S. 34th Street, (215) 418-5550,
  • AME Salon and Spa – In the heart of suburban Wayne, an internationally inspired beauty destination offers a range of hair, nail and body treatments. Hot stones are used for an Aztec take on deep muscle relaxation, and aromatic lime, turmeric and lemongrass work their way into the Thai herbal heat treatment. Between services, patrons wear kimonos. 111 Waynewood Avenue, Wayne, (610) 995-2631,
  • Citrus Salon & Day Spa – Impeccable cuts and coloring, detoxifying mud wraps, custom “AromaSoul” scrubs, fresh facials and massages are the specialties at this family-run beauty destination in Montgomery County. 1201 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, (610) 277-HAIR,
  • David Witchell Salon & Spa – Both Bucks County locations of this popular spa and salon offer early morning and late evening hours—perfect for busy patrons to pop in for a highlighting refresh, shop the selection of skin and hair-care products or stay for the seven-hour “Pinnacle” day of indulgence. Named one of the top 100 salons in the U.S. by Elle magazine, the salon boutique is stocked with everything from staple separates to Halston Heritage evening gowns, and, in Newtown, DJW Home, an across-the-street shelter shop. 25 S. State Street, Newtown, (215) 579-1200; Peddler’s Village, Route 263 & Street Road, Lahaska, (215) 579-1200,
  • East End Salon Old City – This Old City stalwart opened in 1989, and there it’s stayed, just a few doors away from the Betsy Ross House. Traditional facials, waxing and makeup services are on the menu, but veteran stylists are best known for their on-point cuts and color. 219 Arch Street, (215) 592-6486,
  • Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa Salon and Dry Bar – These sprawling, father-and-son-owned beauty retreats in Glen Mills and Springfield are tricked out with Alpine Hay Steam Pods, Turkish baths and Rasul body therapy. At the salon, extra-special treatments such as hair extensions, permanent straightening, makeup services and nail services seem like necessary indulgences. 243 W. Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, (610) 459-4663; 400 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, (610) 557-0110,
  • Laurentius Salon at The Italian Market – Owner and celebrity stylist Laurentius Purnama believes anyone can be beautiful with the right stylist. And his clients—famous or not—feel like stars at his ultra-modern salon in Philadelphia’s 9th Street Italian Market area, thanks to high-end highlights and cuts, quick fixer-uppers at the brow and lash bar and nail artist Robin Campbell’s precision manicures and pedicures that employ fresh fruits and flowers. 815 Christian Street, (215) 238-0764,
  • Moko Old City Salon and Beauty Boutique – On the menu at this holistic Old City salon and beauty boutique: natural and organic scalp and hair treatments, razor cuts, color, waxing, makeup and custom facials. Using non-toxic, soy-based wax, Moko’s depilation services have received “best of” mentions from experts including Allure. Insider tip: Regulars enjoy free bang trims/nape cleanups. 55 N. 3rd Street, (215) 922-MOKO,
  • The Parlour Hair & Skin – This hip Fishtown spot brandishes distressed elegance, complete with exposed brick walls and reclaimed wood. The facials are Ayurvedic, while makeovers, color and hairstyles range from au naturel to punk rock. 1339 Frankford Avenue, (215) 278-7613,
  • Pileggi on the Square Spa and Salon – A four-story townhouse on historic Washington Square serves as a full-service spa and salon—making the destination a one-stop shop for hair, nail and skin needs. Sought-after services include personalized 75-minute full facials, body scrubs and Pileggi’s signature manicure/pedicure. 717 Walnut Street, (215) 627-0565,
  • Rescue Spa Rittenhouse Square – A third-floor oasis near Rittenhouse Square draws a repeat clientele for its signature “BioLift” facial, impeccable waxes, luxe blowouts, nail services, massages and makeovers. Rescue’s technology-oriented beauty treatments include foto facials, LED lights, tightening Sublime Refirme and eMatrix, a fractionated bi-polar radio frequency that helps reduce hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and acne scars—and the lotions and potions to maintain flawless skin. 1601 Walnut Street, 3rd Floor, (215) 772-2766,
  • Salon d’Artiste Day Spa – The Main Line’s first day spa has spent 25-plus years offering services such as salt body scrubs, peppermint leg wraps, men’s and women’s hair services and rejuvenating facials and peels. 205 W. Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, (610) 687-2020,
  • Toppers Spa and Salon – For decades, this industry leader has been providing massage therapies, hair services, facials, waxing and nail treatments to the region. Toppers has a reputation for making clients feel worlds away, offering an exotic atmosphere and services that bring balance and bliss. 117 S. 19th Street, (215) 496-9966; 745 W. Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, (610) 989-9660; 50 West Road, Newtown, (215) 860-5200,

Day Spas:

  • 3000BC WellMed Spa – At this medical day spa in Chestnut Hill, a facial begins with an intensive skin evaluation to determine what comes next—perhaps gentle help for sensitive skin, dermaplaning, a chemical peel or hyrofacial. Body treatments range from basic sports massages to enzyme body peels, while beauty treatments include Xtreme Lashes® eyelash extensions, laser hair removal, sunless tanning—and 3000BC’s own products. 8439 Germantown Avenue, (215) 247-6020,
  • Antoinette Day Spa – This Purebeauty Salon and Spa group member is located on a Main Line Victorian property, where it offers national organization’s signature stress-buster massages, no-chip pedicures, customized peels and aromatherapy-enhanced body masks and polishes. Spa packages cater to brides, moms-to-be, men and anyone seeking a little R&R. 85 Darby Road, Paoli, (610) 647-6618,
  • Body Restoration – The exclusive focus at this Center City day spa: skincare and massage therapy. The petite specialty practice uses French depilatory wax, offers detoxifying wraps and applies aromatherapeutic, paraben-free products during facials. 1611 Walnut Street, (215) 569-9599,
  • The Body Serene Day Spa – The quaint country village of Skippack lends a cozy setting for the massages, facials, manicures and the ancient Japanese warm exfoliation and massage ritual of Hanakasumi. 4007 Skippack Pike, Skippack Village, (610) 584-7284,
  • CURE de Repos Chestnut Hill – This newcomer to the Chestnut Hill beauty scene employs such forever young skin treatments as moisturizing Hydra-Fill facials and mirco-needling. Those in the market for a more permanent brow fix will want to book a micro-blading consult. 8133 Germantown Avenue, (202) 643-7377,
  • Eviama Life – Center City’s first green spa, designed to be non-toxic and eco-friendly, offers innovative approaches to relieving stress, pain, aging—and simply over-exuberant work and play. Among the services: purifying organic facials using Dr. Hauschka Skincare with the option of “lifting” via microcurrent; restorative body wraps for inch loss, detox and silky skin; waxing to help heal ingrown hairs; light, color and energy therapies for the soul and fun facials and massages for kids. 109 S. 13th Street, 2nd floor, (215) 545-3344,
  • Fabriq Spa on 4th Street – Named for its Fabric Row address, this acupuncture specialist bases its efficacious, earth-friendly services in ancient practices for both health and beauty. Other all-natural boosters to choose from: Thai yoga, hot stone and aromatherapy massages, organic collagen-stimulating facials and botanically based waxing. 728 S. 4th Street, (215) 922-3235,
  • Green City Beauty  – Antique’s Row new-world newcomer has won awards for its gentle, natural sugaring and offers a range of customizable facial and body treatments, using eco-friendly ingredients along the way. 1036 Pine Street, (267) 209-3096,
  • Heaven Spa – This Montgomery County day Spa lives up to its moniker as a one-stop oasis of beauty, health and wellness. The makeover dream team here specializes in treatments that range from facials, manicures and reflexology pedicures to massages, honey body scrubs and hydrotherapy. 261 Old York Road, Jenkintown, (215) 576-7000,
  • Le Rêve Rittenhouse Spa – This boutique spot lists a tranquil couples’ massage as its most-requested service. But the anti-aging facials are popular too, along with various body treatments. 255 S. 17th Street, 4th floor, (215) 563-8888,
  • Nurture Spa – Low-key, stylish and modern, this unisex Bucks County destination specializes in facials and massages (couples’ massages are a big hit here). The staff also does eyelash tints, waxing, manicures and pedicures and hydrating paraffin treatments. 415 S. York Road, New Hope, (215) 862-7010,
  • Terme Di Aroma – Old City’s Mediterranean-inspired day spa has been featured in Allure and O, The Oprah Magazine and blends the enchantment of the past with a fantastic selection of aromatherapy skincare, anti-aging facials, reflexology, Reiki and hot-stone massages. 32 N. 3rd Street, (215) 829-9769,


American Mortals – Three locations cater to the young and young at heart through cuts and color (read: all colors). Named one of the country’s top 100 salons twice by Elle, the salon prides itself on providing high-end cut and color services without pretension. 727 Walnut Street, (215) 574-1234; 2101 Christian Street, (267) 519-2325; Sweat Gym, 700 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 928-3055,
AMS Salon – Customers still come down from Manhattan for the pristine hair services at this airy, on point Philly outpost. In demand here: top-notch cuts, color, balayage, gloss, conditioning treatments, blowouts and braids. 262 S. 16th Street, (215) 569-1515,
Beehive Hair Salon – Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood is home to this funky shop, which mixes an old-fashioned feel with down-to-earth, retro-chic looks to produce sophisticated styles for the whole family. Co-owners Ev Aslanova and Diana Bogrett also offer in-demand services in nail and skin care, body waxing and bridal hair and makeup. 1719 Fairmount Avenue, (215) 235-4483,
Fringe Salon – Inside the art-filled, trendsetting BOK Building, this fun, funky spot draws customers for modern cuts and brilliant color. Clients must ring to get in. 1901 S. 9th Street, 5th floor, (215) 339-1778,
Juju Salon & Organics – This Fabric Row spot mixes modern equipment with organic, plant-based and, in most cases, vegan products for revolutionary salon treatments. That means people walk away with wholesome versions of smoothing treatments, highlights, updos, color and Bio Seaweed gel nails. 713 S. 4th Street, (215) 238-6080,
Prep & Foxx – This retro South Broad Street salon embraces a fashion-forward yet earth-friendly outlook. A talented team uses green and cruelty-free products to create killer cuts, colors and enviable nail art. 1532 S. Broad Street, (215) 755-6500,
Salon Royale Court – Overlooking the iconic Avenue of the Arts from a modern, 3,000-square-foot, second-story space, this salon offers a comprehensive menu of services, including updos and precision cuts and color using shampoo and styling products from Unite, Redken and Bumble and Bumble. Additional services include: makeup application, mani-pedis and eyebrow waxing. It’s in a prime location for guests staying at hotels along South Broad Street. 215 S. Broad Street, 2nd floor, (215) 893-3800,
Sugar Salon – This bubble-gum pink Queen Village beauty parlor has a retro vibe and is known for affordable razor cuts, hair extensions and custom dye jobs in any color imaginable. One of the few product-free dreadlock salons in the country, the snug, two-chair salon offers natural dread installations, extensions, maintenance and repair. 711 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 922-5522,
Tribe – This Chester County salon and style bar invites guests to sip a glass of wine or beer and choose from an extensive menu of refreshing hair facials, red carpet-ready blowouts and sweet and salty beach waves. 882 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (484) 732-8499,

Specialty Services:

Chung Dam Spa & Fitness – Bringing a little slice of Seoul to a Cheltenham strip mall, this clothing-optional Korean spa is the place to take it all off and sweat it out in an assortment of steam rooms, saunas and spas. An all-business staff of masseuses will work out even the most stubborn of knots. 41 Cheltenham Avenue, Cheltenham, (215) 635-6170,
Duross & Langel – A soap maker-meets-hair salon in Philadelphia’s Midtown Village neighborhood, where skin and hair products are made on the third floor, sold on the first floor, and used in the hair salon on the second floor. 117 S. 13th Street, (215) 592-7627,
LashBee – The experts here are all about the eyes—namely lengthy lashes and beautiful brows—as they carefully apply individual lashes for semi-permanent, super glam looks. Brows are waxed, tinted and cleaned up making for fabulous face framing. 1126 Walnut Street, 2nd floor, (215) 367-1664,
Mi Cumbia Organica – Mango, coconut and other tropical flavors go into the menu of nail and waxing services at this proudly natural spa. Soy-based waxes and non-toxic, water-based nail polishes, gels and lacquers are used for treatments such as the signature, 75-minute “Coconut de Bagazo” mani-pedi, which relies on a fragrant combo of freshly shredded coconut and warmed virgin coconut oil to exfoliate and moisturize tired hands and feet. 328 S. 17th Street, (215) 735-7980,
Southampton Spa – This Eastern European-inspired, open-late refuge charges by the day for its traditional Turkish and Russian baths, heated and cold-plunge pools, steam room and sauna time. Guests indulge in massages and made-to-order juices for an additional fee. 141 2nd Street Pike, Southampton, (215) 942-4646,
Thread Bar – Technicians schooled in the ancient art of threading use string instead of tweezers or wax to deftly remove unwanted hair. Brows are the go-to here, but the salon also offers a full range of facial and body epilation as well. 247 S. 10th Street, (215) 309-5399,
Ursula’s About PHace – Owner Ursula Augustine worked for some of the top names in the business, including Bobbi Brown, Stila and NARS before opening her Rittenhouse skincare and cosmetics studio. Today, the beauty connoisseur and four-time “Best of Philly” winner continues to service individuals with her award-winning makeup applications, brow-shaping services and facials. 1700 Sansom Street, Suite 201, (215) 557-1562,










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