Is it just us, or does it not feel like May at all? Rather than reverting back to our winter ways, we rounded up the best spring beauty treatments to kickstart the season. Some are specials, while others just reminded us of a tropical getaway. Either way, we’re definitely proponents of arranging a little “stay-cation” at one of these fab spas. Sand castles not included.
1. Bombré: Moko, Old City
The perfect low-maintenance look to transition into summer, bombré is a combination of bayalage-swept highlights coupled with ombre tips. I actually got it done the same day I tried their other special, the Orange Blossom and Grapefruit Facial (I totally recommend it) and can attest that the look can be as dramatic as you’d like. I opted for a more subtle hue, and the bayalage was so intricately applied, my hair looks totally sun-kissed sans harsh rays. It’s finished with a glaze for extra high-gloss definition. Partial Bombré costs $85 and full Bombré costs $110+.
2. Harmony Essence Massage: Rescue, Center City
I think we all feel a little out of whack coming off winter. Enter this treatment, which Rescue calls “the antidote to stress.” It includes a foot rub, softening salt scrub and a therapeutic massage with plant essences, all of which are purported to harmonize your senses and return a healthy balance to your body. A 60-minute massage costs $110 and a 90-minute massages costs $135.
3. The Polished Holiday: Polished Spa, Wayne
If you can’t quite plan a whole vacation, opt for this head-to-toe treatment, which includes a manicure, pedicure, facial and Swedish massage. More relaxing than a real vacation? We think so. It costs $255 and lasts approximately four hours. (Yep, four hours.)
4. Coconut Lime Body Polish with Vichy Shower: Pierre and Carlo, Wyncote
Slough off the remains of winter with this full-body exfoliation treatment. It begins with an exfoliating full-body shampoo under a vichy shower (basically a multi-nozzle shower you enjoy while lying down), followed by P&C’s signature coconut lime body polish. Your skin will be perfectly glow-y, just in time for shorts weather. The treatment costs $100 and lasts one hour.
5. Chi Enviro Smoothing System: Juju, Queen Village
Imagine a summer without frizzy hair. Here’s how to get it: the Chi Enviro Smoothing System is a gentle, fume-free smoothing treatment that reverses dry, dull, winter hair into a smooth, glossy and more manageable mane. The treatment lasts 3 to 5 months, can be used on curly hair (without eliminating curl!), as well as color-treated and chemically-treated hair. Each client will also take home a complimentary Chi Enviro Shampoo and Conditioner. The service lasts 2 to 3 hours, starts at $250 and is 10 percent off now through end of May.
6. Citrus Lavender Salt Glow: Nurture, New Hope
This amazingly scented organic salt scrub uses micro-fine salt particles from the Dead Sea combined with papaya to gently exfoliate dry, dead skin cells. The treatment is capped with an application of body cream to keep skin silky-smooth. It costs $80 and lasts 45 minutes.
7. Guava Island Escape Manicure and Pedicure: Lacquer Lounge, Rittenhouse
Apparently guava has secret anti-aging properties—who knew? The manicure includes nail shaping, cuticle care, and a guava sugar rub, followed by a hydrating guava-infused oil massage, body butter application, warm towel wrap, and polish. The service costs $30 and lasts 40 minutes.
The pedicure begins with a coconut milk soak in their jet-free uber hygienic pedicure basins. It’s followed by nail shaping, cuticle care, guava sugar rub and callus softening, guava body butter application with warm towel wrap. Then be treated to a hot stone and hydrating guava infused oil massage capped by a polish of your choice. The service costs $65 for 65 minutes.