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2022 Best Salon for Rainbow Hues


Forget the DIY Manic Panic dye jobs of your youth. Jennifer Bisicchia Farrell and Kait Gannon, who opened this petite luxury salon in 2021, are turning out rainbow locks in contrasting tones of the same color — making bold shades like flamingo pink, shimmering amethyst and steely blue-gray look totally grown-up. A vibrant crown of emerald green strands just may leave onlookers with a hint of envy. Read More »

401 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2021 Best Hair Salon


Cute and curled pixie? Keratin treatment? Color-blocked waves? Owner Jasmine Smalls puts a premium on staff education, so this Chestnut Hill salon knows how to handle all types of locks with elevated precision. Read More »

8614 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

2021 Best Retail Shop That Doubles as a Hair Salon

This Corner

A parent’s dream: You get to browse co-owner Lee Sawa-Frank’s functional but delightful goods (like a water bottle bearing art by local illustrator Ryan Evans) while lead stylist and co-owner Nozomi Sawa snips your kiddo’s mane. (Their mantra: Young folks have opinions about their strands and should express them.) No children? They do adult cuts, too. Read More »

1613 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2019 Best Technicolor Hair

Paradigm Salon

Donna Visco is the stylist other stylists seek out to learn how to transform plain ol’ hair into fabulously colorful shades. One look at her rainbow work and you’ll never go back to blond or brunette again. Read More »

18 Summit Square Center, Langhorne, PA | 215-860-1600 | Website

2019 Best Salon for Cutting It All Off

American Mortals

Finding a stylist who knows how to handle a short female ’do is shockingly difficult. But American Mortals’ Kelly Millares (at the Washington Square West location) and Jessica Kramer (Grad Hospital) make shearing angular, shaggy bangs look easy. Three Center City locations. Read More »

| 215-574-1234 | Website

2019 Best New Salon

INVU Salon

Rachel Allen’s year-old space offers movie-star-quality blowouts, naturally radiant color, and chemical-free treatments that transform frizzy hair into silky waves. You also get all the homemade treats you can eat, courtesy of Allen’s mom. Read More »

701 County Line Road, Bryn Mawr, PA | 484-380-2175 | Website

2018 Best New Suburban Salon

Salon Millan

At Melissa Millan Colon’s year-old salon, stylists deliver swishy bobs, edgy undercuts, and highlights that look as if they’re the work of the sun. (Oh, and all the champagne you want.) Read More »

6 South Main Street, Yardley, PA | 215-583-2700

2018 Best New City Salon

Moxie Blue

Thanks to the recent expansion of this Marlton salon to Old City, we no longer need to cross the river to get great color, cuts, and owner Danny McLennan’s signature “seamless layer” cutting technique. Read More »

205 Race St, Philadelphia, PA | 215-608-8685 | Website

2018 Best Natural Hair Care

Duafe Holistic Hair Care

Owner Syreeta Scott and her expert staff have been ruling Philly’s natural hair scene since 2001, earning callouts from Vogue and nabbing clients like Janet Jackson and Ava DuVernay in the process. Read More »

3129 North 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-297-7636 | Website

2018 Best Bold Braids

Chrisa Clark

Clark has coiffed the dancers of Beyoncé’s Lemonade tour, so she’s definitely more than qualified to weave regal Fulani styles and classic straight-backs on you. Read More »

| 215-763-1030

2017 Best Salon for Natural Hair

Syreeta Scott at Duafe

Jill Scott and Questlove see owner Syreeta Scott right here in her North Philly salon, and Janet Jackson has flown her to Paris to do her braids. So she’ll probably do just fine with your hair. Read More »

3129 North 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-297-7636 | Website

2014 Best Salon

Salon Vanity

This salon is run like a publicly traded company there are apprentice programs, regular group training sessions, and benchmarks to keep all stylists operating at a consistently high level. But everyone here is still focused on making things personal: Varying shades of color are hand-painted on for a French-girl look; retexturizing treatments (waves, smoothing) can be applied to only the areas that need them; cuts are of the moment, but never overdone (unless, of course, your goal is bold they're great at that, too). Read More »

1701 Walnut Street, #3, Philadelphia, PA | 215-925-2211 | Website

2011 Best Going-Out Hair

Giovanni and Pileggi

There's something about having the approval of an Italian man before you head out on the town that lets you know you must look good and no one walks out of this stately salon with anything less. Read More »

256 South 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-568-3040 | Website

2010 Best Global Hair

Kheli French at Le Pink Champu

When a Vera Wang model needs an updo, a Victoria's Secret catwalker requires blowing-out, or Lil' Kim, Anita Baker, Selita Ebanks or Lauryn Hill needs natural-looking extensions, a splash of color or an amazing cut, they come to Kheli (or Kheli comes to them). No wonder: From her salon's two-year-old Manayunk location, she modestly works magic on any kind of hair that walks through the door. That is, when she's back from Fashion Week. Read More »

4205 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-482-7465 | Website

2013 Best Hair Salon

Salon Vanity

Readers' Choice: Each stylist has his or her own forte Heather for Keratin treatments, Janine for balayage and owner Edmondo Blando is always up on the latest looks, like permanent beachy waves. But loyal clients who voted in droves online also appreciate the face that despite chichi clientele, Vanity remains totally unintimidating. Read More »

1701 Walnut Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA | 215-925-2211 | Website