The Good Life: The 411: Winter Wonder?
TO REVIVE FRIED HAIR
The expert: Nelson Chan is the Beverly Hills stylist behind the locks of Sarah Michelle Gellar and Heather Graham; last month, he introduced his ISH Rescue treatment exclusively to six-month-old DnA Salon. There the staff learned how to revive hyper-colored and blow-dry-beaten ’dos by applying Chan’s cream-and-crystal product through your mop, then going over the goop with an iron so the crystals dissolve and are absorbed. The result is shinier hair with more body, a softer texture and, for curls, more boing ($60).
At-home fix: To extend the benefits of the ISH treatment (which should last for six weeks), use ISH’s One-Minute Solution ($25 for six ounces).
DnA Salon, Liberties Walk, 1030 North American Street, #801, 215-925-1881; dnasalon.com.
TO REFRESH DRIED-OUT SKIN
The expert: Turkey’s serotonin may make you sleepy, but cranberries’ antioxidants and polyphenol are thought to energize—your skin, at least. That’s why, just in time for Thanksgiving, Body Restoration is introducing a new, four-step cranberry facial. First comes a rice bran-based exfoliation; then, a face/neck/décolletage massage with cranberry oil; next is a hydrating cranberry facial mask; and, lastly, more moisturizing. Body Restoration owner Cara Solomon insists the treatment will reduce fine lines and wrinkles and make skin glow ($85 for 55 minutes).
At-home fix: Pick up BR’s Cranberry Body Butter Cream ($15 for eight ounces). Delish.
Body Restoration, 1611 Walnut Street, 3rd floor, 215-569-9599; bodyrest.com.
TO FRESHEN UP A LEATHER JACKET
The expert: Since we discovered her in January, Irina Sigal has gone on to score herself a Best of Philly award and the in-house seamstress account at Joan Shepp. She also expanded her business to include leatherwork—which is why we’re taking last year’s jacket to her for an update. She can, after all, cinch a too-square coat, add belt loops, and fashion a perfect tie to pull it all together; she’ll also reduce wide shoulders, add colorful or patterned linings, change buttons and pull up sleeves.
At-home fix: “Leather is a natural fabric that needs to breathe,” Sigal explains. “Don’t cover it in plastic; use only cotton—or nothing—and store it in a cool place.”
Irina Sigal alterations, by appointment only at 170 Yorktown Plaza, Elkins Park; 215-885-7547.
TO FIX WORN-DOWN SHOES
The expert: Joseph Pisano and his two brothers carry on their shoemaker father’s legacy with their three Pisano & Sons shops, in West Chester, Malvern and Phoenixville. In their gentle care and usually within a day, women’s boots get new heels, men’s oxfords get new soles, and everyone gets to eke at least one more season out of favorite shoes. The Brothers Pisano also do $4 shoe shines and, to boot (hah), fix riding shoes.
At-home fix: “Use shoe trees,” ($3 to $21 at Pisano & Sons) Joseph advises; they’ll break new shoes in, and keep older ones in tip-top shape.
Pisano & Sons, 108 West Market Street, West Chester, 610-436-4883; 5 Channing Avenue, Malvern, 610-647-4583; 806 Village at Eland, Phoenixville; 610-933-1599.