The business of beauty is all about staying current. From hair color to makeup, spa services to fitness, Philadelphians want access to the latest trends for looking and feeling their best. These spas, salons and fitness centers have everything you need.
If eyes are the window to your soul, then brows are their frame.
A lucky few are born with perfectly shaped eyebrows. The rest of us rely on the handiwork of experts for enviable arches. International Salon (1714 Sansom St., 215-563-1141) is known for its neat waxing technique, creating nearly flawless brows with one swift pull. Rescue Rittenhouse Spa (255 S. 17th St., 2nd Fl.) is a winner for wax-free hair removal. If you’re hoping to add color and definition, request the vegetable-based dye for tinting. At Anju Threads (1126 Walnut St., 2nd Fl.), skilled pros manipulate fine string over the skin’s surface to do away with strays, then alleviate redness with a sprinkle of powder. Though it’s renowned for its manicures and pedicures, Wayne’s Polished Spa & Boutique (221 Conestoga Rd.) also has earned a rep for shaping some of the Main Line’s most impeccable eyebrows, using only imported luxury wax from France.
Get ready for the beach—creative cardio and innovative programs make getting into shape fun and exhilarating.
Treadmills and elliptical trainers seem archaic compared to these cutting-edge, specialized workouts. Philly’s Lauren Boggi developed a patented Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting technique with a no-plateau motto to enhance her total body workouts, known as Lithe Method (255 S. 17th St., 4th Fl.). Rittenhouse Square’s Pure Barre (1701 Walnut St., 4th Fl.) is a fitness fantasy: Small isometric movements performed on the ballet barre burn fat and tone thigh, seat and abdominal muscles, working towards a strong, lean dancer’s physique. Sign up at Fusion Cross-Training (105 S. 12th St.) for a coached workout session that tackles owner Gavin McKay’s three elements of fitness: cardio exercise like running, biking or rowing; strength training with weights and bands; and flexibility through yoga. Bala Cynwyd’s Dana Hot Yoga (244–246 Bala Ave., Bala Cynwyd), owned by Dorian and Lisa Mitchell, has become the place to say “namaste” for Main Line socialites. In the simple, Zen-like environment, the instructors are hard-core but encouraging, happily leading their sweaty minions to toned bliss. In Manayunk, Joltin’ Jabs (4303 Main St.), run by pro boxer and Manayunk native Joey DeMalavez, will knock your body into shape with intense heavy-bag training, as well as fundamental body-weight work such as push-ups and sit-ups.