V. TO TREAT WITH EXCESSIVE KINDNESS OR CARE; TO INDULGE
They're the spas, services, and indulgence that saved your sanity this year.
Carlos and Adrienne Rogers Bang Salon
With a combined 25 years in the hair industry, Bang Salon Philadelphia owners Carlos and Adrienne Rogers are pros at pleasing clients with their natural cuts and believable color. Read more
Out with a Bang
Hush Salon Philadelphia Opens
You give them an inch; they take a mile. You go in for a trim; you come out with a pixie. Same story for most hairdressers.
Not so at the newly opened Hush Salon in Old City, where stylist (husband) and colorist (wife) Carlos and Adrienne Rogers give you exactly what you ask for.
Carlos takes baby steps to achieve a natural, doable-at-home look that you’ll love. Adrienne colors hair a believable shade for your complexion and style, avoiding screaming color. She’s working on breaking blondes out of their rut into warmer tones for fall. The duo worked together at New York’s Cutler salon, where they got the chops to make every strand to your liking.
Without chopping anything else.
Hush Salon Philadelphia, 45 North Third Street, second floor (215-923-5010).
Robin Campbell Manicure
Manicurist Robin Campbell approaches nail care in a meticulous manner and leaves hands silky smooth (yet grease free) with her hot oil treatment. Read more
Balinese Ginger Pedicure
You’re the queen of cotton socks and Vaseline.
Sure, it works miracles but it’s kind of gross.
It’s time for something new. Like Laurentius Purnama’s Balinese Ginger Pedicure, based on his Indonesian grandmother’s beauty routine.
Instead of a harsh, salty scrub to exfoliate your calloused feet, a mixture of candlenut and coconut milk sloughs away dead skin. Then a smooth honey concoction moisturizes and softens legs. While you wait for the magic to happen, you’re treated to a cup of green tea. When it’s all said and done, legs and peds are silky smooth — not slimy or sticky.
The treatment takes a bit of time, but you’ll leave knowing that you can eat everything that was rubbed on your body.
And you know somebody else who’ll go for that.
Available at Laurentius Salon, 815 Christian Street (215-238-0764 or laurentiussalon.com).
Judy Moon Mindful Touch
Massage therapist Judy Moon specializes in combining different techniques to create gentle yet powerful massages. Her Mindful Touch Therapy, which incorporates reiki, aromatherapy, and reflexology, eases achy muscles and relieves stress. Read more
Rubbing It In
Mindful Touch Therapy
We’re about to write up another massage.
Stop grumbling about what a bunch of spoiled babies we are and keep reading.
Developed by a breast cancer survivor, Mindful Touch Therapy combines traditional (reiki and reflexology) and contemporary (light pressure massage) practices to ease tension and diminish stress.
Practitioner Judy Moon first burnt sage in the room to rid negative energy, then she blended aromatherapy oils and began acupressure on our head. She worked down, with a light dekinking shoulder massage and twenty minutes of foot reflexology to improve circulation and stimulate internal organs.
It was so relaxing that we slipped into that half-awake, half-asleep state and walked out focused and carefree.
Still grumbling? All the more reason to get yourself into her office.
Available at Hopkinson House, 604 Washington Square South (267-671-0861 or judymoon.com).