A place where beauty happens and pampering yourself is essential: Your Local Beauty Salon
SUN Spotlight On: Creative Stylz
Owner: Nicole Hunter
5151 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Appts: Monday thru Saturday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Sunday, Closed; Appointments preferred, but Walk-ins are welcome.
Specialties: Weaves, Natural Hair Care Services, Standard Color, Cuts and Styling. Special Promotions include: Customer Loyalty Cards; $20 Dollar Tuesdays (for a standard wash, press and curl service), Weave Wednesdays, Thirsty Thursdays (free deep hair conditioning services); Kiddies Sundays (Services for children are $20).
By Leah Fletcher
Beauty salons are often considered places of magic for women and even some men. In these spaces, the customer is pampered and made beautiful. Haircuts and styles, nail care, makeup tips and even spa options make a beauty salon the place where beauty happens.
To be certain, a beauty salon is a place where beauty services and, often, beauty products are sold for the purpose of enhancing appearance and wellbeing. And, according to Nicole Hunter, owner of Creative Stylz, a beauty salon also may be called many things, including beauty parlor, beauty shop and hair spa. However, she believes no matter what they are called their mission is universal—“They are a professional collective that makes cosmetic treatments available for women and men by certified hairstylist, estheticians, and professional message therapist.’
Types of Services
Hunter notes the types of functions found at beauty salons can range from a focus on specific treatments to those that include a smattering of everything. “Many great salons have everything a customer needs to beautify skin, hair and nails,” offered Hunter, who operates her salon in Philadelphia’s Germantown section. Some of the treatments found at beauty salons may include hair care options, massage therapies, facial treatments, cosmetic applications, waxing options, manicures and pedicures. Some beauty salons have started offering specialty services such as body scrubs and also permanent makeup procedures.
A customer may go to a beauty salon to get the treatment she or he desires. There is no doubt that each treatment offers features the customer seeks. However, Hunter points out that aside from routine hair services—hair styling, cuts and color—there are other services. For example, the features of a message are that the skin benefits by being touched—sometimes with beauty products—to promote relaxation and wellbeing. Manicures and pedicures are for the hands and feet. These treatments may feature hand and foot massages as well as treatments to soften the skin in these areas. Facials are one of the biggest features at some beauty salons, because there are many different types for different types of skin and skin-related concerns.
Before heading to a beauty salon, Hunter urges you to consider the cost of services and treatments and to consider a pre-visit consultation with a certified professional. A consultation before hand, she says, “will allow you to meet the person who will perform the services and provide you with any specifics you might need.” Hunter believes this step should not be overlooked because certain some services must be tailored to your needs, especially, if you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin.
The benefits of frequenting a beauty salon are numerous. Relaxation, a healthy glow and a friendly atmosphere are all secondary benefits that a beauty salon offers customers. The primary benefits include beauty treatments to meet your needs, therapies for stress and tension, and professional staffs that can meet any of your beauty needs.
Hunter, taking an educated guess, believes the professional salon collective knows customer satisfaction is key and is a standard business practice designed to keep customers coming back.
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