The area’s premier salons and day spas help clients experience the soothing joys of full-body renewal
by Jill Lupine

The winter holidays represent a time of togetherness and peace. For some people, however, the end of the year is anything but relaxing. In fact, the hustle and bustle of family get-togethers, end-of-year deadlines and other commitments that inevitably sprout between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day often make this time of year the most stressful.

We offer a suggestion—a solution—for times when the stress begins to mount: Take a deep breath and commit to taking some “me time” at one of the area’s premier salons or day spas. The options are practically endless. Escape into the serenity of a hydrotherapy massage. Enjoy the pampering nature of a facial that brings out the skin’s long-lasting glow. Head to a favorite salon for a stunning new look.

We’re here to help. Although everyone has their favorites, following are our picks for the 2015 Best Salons and Spas. These are the time-tested getaways designed to help everyone who walks through the door look and feel their very best, from head to toe. Also, considering the winter holidays are upon us, the service packages these hot spots offer are perfect purchases for the gift-giving season.

Prepare to indulge.

2015 Best Salons and Spas
2B Groomed Studios
270 S. 11th Street, Philadelphia
215-925-3505 |

About Face Skin Care
1015 Chestnut Street, Suite 1205, Philadelphia
215-923-5001 |

Allure Medi-Spa
30 Darby Road, Paoli
610-648-0468 |

AME Salon & Spa
111 Waynewood Ave., Wayne
610-995-2631 |

AMS Salon
262 S. 16th Street, Philadelphia
215-569-1515 |

Bella Sorrel Airbrush Tanning Studios
Visit for details on locations in Doylestown and Newtown.

Better Health Day Spa
902 Fayette Street, Conshohocken
610-825-8261 |

Blush Hair Salon & Make-up Studio
40 S. Main Street, Yardley
215-321-6186 |

Citrus Salon and Day Spa
1201 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell
610-277-4247 |

Cole Wellness Spa
101 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne
610-688-7546 |

Currie Hair, Skin and Nails
Visit for details on locations in Glen Mills, Kennett Square, Wayne and West Chester.

David J. Witchell Salon & Spa
25 S. State Street, Newtown
215-579-1200 |

Eden Day Spa and Salon
378 W. Main Street, Collegeville
610-489-0800 |

Floris & Elise Spa and Spa
Visit for details on locations in Bryn Mawr, Exton, Horsham and North Wales.

Elizabeth Benke & Associates Salon and Color Studio
Visit for details on two locations in Doylestown.

Essentials Salon and Day Spa
454 N. Main Street, Doylestown
215-489-8800 |

Eviama Life Spa
109 S. 13th Street, Second Floor, Philadelphia
215-278-4309 |

Face and Body Spa
9 S. Main Street, Yardley
215-369-0699 |

Harmonia Healing Arts Spa
411-413 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne
610-688-1007 |

Heaven Spa
261 Old York Road, Jenkintown
215-576-7000 |

Jason Matthew Salon
1735 Chestnut Street, Second Floor, Philadelphia
215-665-8030 |

Jay Michael Salon and Spa
595 E. Lancaster Ave., St. Davids
610-964-0800 |

Jolie Salon and Day Spa
750 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell
610-277-2152 |

Jude Plum Co.
821 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr
610-527-1770 |

La’lli Hair Lounge
30 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore
610-649-8600 |

Lifestyle Med-Spa
130 Almshouse Road, Richboro
215-364-8800 |

Millennium Hair and Day Spa
50 E. Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood
610-649-4977 |

Miracolo Blow Dry Bar and Boutique
296 N. Main Street, Doylestown
215-345-5808 |

OMG Hair Salon
351 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne
610-896-0240 |

Opal Designs
7 Louella Court, Wayne
484-367-7368 |

Pure Spa
79 E. Butler Ave., Ambler
215-542-7873 |

Rae & Co. Salon
10 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore
610-642-4465 |

Red Sage Salon & Spa
9649 James Street, Philadelphia
215-632-2777 |

Salon 463
701 Horsham Road, Horsham
267-803-0209 |

Salon Esperanza
873 W. Butler Pike, Ambler
215-591-9784 |

Serenity Day Spa and Wellness Center
64 E. Swamp Road, Doylestown
215-230-3487 |

Shaving Grace Barbers
Visit for details on locations in Doylestown and Exton.

Sorelle Hair Studio
520A Limekiln Pike, Maple Glen
267-470-4964 |
Style Masters Salon and Spa
549 Lancaster Ave., Malvern
610-640-0677 |

Toppers Spa
Visit for details on locations in Devon, Newtown and Philadelphia.

TRIM (Tradition Restored in Men)
1701 Spruce Street, Second Floor, Philadelphia            
267-908-5334 |

Never Too Busy for Beauty

Zyn Beauty, created by two former Philadelphia attorneys, brings salon-worthy hair and makeup services directly to clients

Zakiya Black and Nirvana Dove were working late nights at a Philadelphia law firm, trading ideas over Chinese food, when the bolt of lightning came.

“We were talking about how difficult it was to have our beauty needs met,” Black recalls. “I was getting my hair done in Wilmington, Del., at 10 or 11 at night, and by the time [the stylist] was finished it was 1 a.m. So we started thinking: Why don’t we do that? Over our late-night Chinese food sessions, we started working on a business plan.”

That business plan ultimately evolved into Zyn Beauty (, a company built to minimize the obstacles that often prevent busy women from having the fresh hairstyle or perfect makeup that can help her look and feel her best. The idea underpinning Zyn Beauty has struck a chord with women throughout the Philadelphia area: essential beauty services at affordable prices, delivered to busy women at their homes, offices or other accessible locations.

Black and Dove had enough confidence in their fledgling concept to leave their jobs and devote 100 percent of their time to Zyn Beauty, which had its “soft launch” in January 2014. The company has since grown to a team of approximately 10 professionals who specialize in hair, nails and makeup. Clients can spend anywhere from $65 for a blowout to $80 for a trim and deep conditioner to $190 for full hair and makeup, according to Black, and the average ticket is $90. For hair treatments, the only necessity is a workable water source.

“We also do special events like Girlfriend Pamper Parties,” she adds. “Sometimes women just want to get together and do something fun and girly. … We had one person, for their baby shower, instead of playing baby-themed games, they brought us in and it was all about pampering themselves. We also do weddings.”

In the long term, Black and Dove hope to export their mobile beauty services to other nearby cities, such as New York and Washington, D.C. In the short term, the principals intend to stay true to their mission: helping women in the Greater Philadelphia Area find “the balance between busy and beautiful.”

“When we were attorneys working long hours, we found there was not a lot of time to make appointments for the woman who has a busy schedule but still wants to look fabulous every day,” Black says. “That’s our goal, our mission, our vision: to help you look and feel your best, at your convenience.”   —Bill Donahue

Photograph by Alison Dunlap