The Best Philly-Area Spas to Help You Reboot for Spring

Inside the Moorestown Mall, the sprawling Rizzieri Salon & Spa is ideal for groups looking to primp in tandem. Photograph by Courtney Apple

Inside the Moorestown Mall, the sprawling Rizzieri Salon & Spa is ideal for groups looking to primp in tandem. Photograph by Courtney Apple

For Frill-Free Relaxation: Chung Dam Spa & Fitness

Though its strip-mall location is short on charm, this cult-favorite Korean spa is worthy of a visit thanks to its lineup of body scrubs, massages (they’ll tiptoe on your back by request) and reflexology, all of which ring in under $100. Services come with a pass for the spa’s facilities, which include herbal steam baths, a charcoal room and a dry sauna. Pro tip: Prepare to strip down; most guests unwind in the buff. 41 Cheltenham Avenue, Cheltenham Read more »

6 Philly Salons You Can Trust Wholeheartedly With Your Natural Hair

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Good hair days, guaranteed. | iStock.

For women of color, getting our hair done at the salon is a gamble. Many upscale salons and spas often aren’t equipped to handle our unique hair needs — tangling, shrinkage, et al. Even those who claim to know black hair might not have the right arsenal of products, or might overlook the potential long-term damage of repeated chemical processing or exposure to extreme temperatures.

Among the vast crop of awesome Philly salons are some that specialize in natural hair. We pored through reviews and websites, chatted with owners and painstakingly whittled down our list to six of Philly’s top-rated hair salons for natural and textured hair, from the Dominican blowout queens to the highly skilled Caribbean braiding parlors. Treat yourself! Read more »

OpenInPHL: Rittenhouse Spa Offering Huge Discounts on Saturday Treatments

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Snow day pampering. | Image via The Rittenhouse Spa.

Your pre-snow day checklist: Stock up at Whole Foods tonight  (they’re closed tomorrow!), prepare a Netflix binge-watch list, move your car if it’s parked on a snow emergency route, get your shovels and snowblowers ready, and then book yourself a freaking massage. Seriously: The Rittenhouse Spa is open tomorrow, and it’s offering snowed-in locals 20 percent off massages, facials and body treatments all day.

My advice? Do some preliminary shoveling early on in the day, and then soothe tired muscles with a massage. See? Your snow day just got a whole lot better. Read more »

How to Banish Dry, Scaly Winter Skin

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Get your glow on. | Shutterstock.

We’re barely two weeks into our new normal – freezing, winter-like temps – and already we’re noticing the telltale signs of cold weather: dry, flaky, scaly skin. While lotions and moisturizers can help, sometimes you need to bring in the big guns and hie yourself to a spa and the hands of a seasoned skin pro.

We’ve sleuthed out five of Philly’s best treatments for winter’s dry skin, all of which will bring some life and moisture into even the dullest, flakiest skin. Get one now before winter really wreaks its havoc, and you’ll be dewy ’til spring. (Or at least until it snows.)  Read more »

Party’s Over: 5 Detoxifying Beauty Treatments to Start 2016 Right

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Party’s over. Time to detox. | Shutterstock.

Hanukkah gives way to Christmas which turns to New Year’s Eve, which means we all have a glorious month of total and unbridled indulging. (Nope, we’re not judging.) Now, sadly, our thoughts turn to all those ‘new year, new you’ goals. First up? Undoing a bit of the damage wrought by 31 days of festivities and, guess what? It doesn’t involve 12 months of gym time.

We’ve sleuthed out five must-try local beauty treatments, which will help you greet the new year fresh-faced, slimmed-down and totally radiant. Here’s where soothe your muscles, rejuvenate your skin, prepare your mind and completely detox for a fresh start.
Rejuvenate here.

Here’s Where to Bathe in a Pumpkin Spice Latte in Philly

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Because pumpkins and apples work just as well in the spa. | Shutterstock.

With the darker, cooler days of fall fast approaching and the conclusion of beach season, sometimes we start to get a bit lazy in the beauty department. Goodbye to that regular mani-pedi, beach waves and sun-kissed tan and hello to nail breakage, brittle locks and a pale computer glow — yikes.

Amend your negligent ways and treat yourself to some off-the-clock pampering with these fall-themed treatments offered by our favorite spas, because you deserve to look and feel your best all year round. (Bonus: The pumpkin spice one has way less calories than its Starbucks counterpart.) Read more »

How to Get Rid of Post-Summer Sun Damage (Hello, Sunspots!)

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When freckles suddenly start forming clusters, it’s time to take action. | Shutterstock.

So you ignored all of our warnings and spent half the summer frying your skin at the shore, or you took our advice and slathered on the SPF only to find dark spots mysteriously appearing all over your body. We get it. Sun happens, which is why we reached out to Philly’s skin experts to find the very best remedies for sun-damaged skin. From laser treatments to diet changes, here’s what we found.  Read more »

We Tried It: Primp & Play, Philly’s New Kid-Friendly Spa

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Your new favorite relaxation spot. | Image via Primp & Play.

This post originally appeared on Wee Wander, a website dedicated to helping parents navigate Philadelphia.

I couldn’t help but have a knee-jerk reaction to the news that a new kid-friendly spa was opening in Philly. I can’t quite pinpoint what didn’t sit right, but it had something to do with sending the wrong message to little (very little) girls and boys about external beauty … and maybe also a little something to do with Honey Boo Boo. But then I actually read the press release and found myself getting excited because this wasn’t shaping up to be your typical Toddlers and Tiaras type of place. And my recent visit confirmed just that.  Read more »

How to Trade In the Birchbox Items You Don’t Want

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Get excited again for your monthly goodies. | Image via Vasanti.

Have you ever been so excited for your monthly Birchbox arrival, only to find that the products within it are completely irrelevant to your life? That St. Tropez Gradual Tan is a total dud if you’re already a bronzed goddess; so is that Juicy perfume you knew was so not your style after one sniff. Do we just lament the wasted product space and wonder what could have been? Not anymore, thanks to Mirror & Mantel Salon‘s most simple, genius solution of all time: a Birchbox swap basket.

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4 Philly Mag Staffers Reveal Their Major Hair Transformations (Plus Where They Got Them!)

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Our fearless four. | Photo by Lauren McGrath.

Lately, I’ve noticed something around the halls here at Philly Mag. Staffers — lots of them — made some huge hair changes over the summer. Women with long, long hair suddenly went short, and most did it with little to no fanfare: one day, shoulder- or waist-grazing locks; the next, bobs, lobs and bangs. Four staffers, though, stand out for the biggest, boldest changes this season, and (spoiler) each of them look fantastic. Check out their before-and-afters below, find out where they went, and get inspired to change up your ‘do for fall. After all, as one newly shorn staffer said, “It’s just hair!”  Read more »

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