New Year’s resolutions come and go pretty quickly, but a change in hair style or a trip to the spa can be a life-altering experience—if you know where to go. Here’s a list of the best places in Philadelphia to trust your locks with for your new look. The best part? All of these options are affordable, allowing the new you to shine through without going over budget.
Richard Nicholas Hair Studio
Hours: Open 7 days a week, most days till 6 p.m.
This European-style hair studio located in flourishing Rittenhouse Row is a destination for urban hair designs for both men and women. The highly trained stylists and barbers can bring your new look to life by using tried and true techniques in a luxurious setting that won’t break your budget.
Hours: Mon – Tue 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Weds – Thurs 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Fri – Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This destination hair salon guarantees an inviting experience with expert stylists who will cut, color and weave a way to a new you. Specializing in extensions and custom pieces, Salon ZIZA has a private room where you can be fit for top-of-the-line extensions or hairpieces that will last a lifetime.
Bubbles at Rittenhouse Square
Hours: Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Bubbles salon’s staff of expert stylists make you feel like a million bucks without charging an arm and a leg. Their custom product, Cibu, a signature blend of bamboo, water lily and lotus flower extracts, also has vitamin B5 to add maximum shine and moisture while protecting and nourishing hair.
The Art of Shaving
Hours: Mon – Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
A destination for men, The Art of Shaving Barber Spa on Walnut Street is a masculine establishment that provides the finest shaving products and barber services. The staff of shaving specialists treats patrons to an old-world style barber experience. Be sure to try their signature treatment, the “Royal Shave.”
Karma Salon & Spa
Hours: Tues – Thurs: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Located in the heart of Media, Karma salon is a must-see salon for amazing cuts, color and extensions in a warm and enticing environment. If you’re really looking to treat yourself, Karma also offers facials, massages, makeup services and manicures. The staff is expertly trained in the latest techniques regularly, and they can make your new look one to remember.
Hours: Weds – Fri: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
This artful establishment is an ever-evolving creative space where the community is at the forefront of the business. Fringe specializes in a personal and relaxed environment in which highly-trained stylists offer quality coloring and styling in the heart of the bustling East Passyunk District. Don’t miss the salon’s rotating art shows on Second Saturdays where they feature an artist, artisan and musician. What’s more enjoyable than taking in a little culture while getting pampered?
The Studio C.L.
Hours: Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Studio C.L. offers “intimacy and innovation” and celebrates “forgoing convention” with their dry cutting method. A favorite of Philadelphia’s elite, this is the place to experiment with a new look. In the hands of their expert team of “sculptors,” you’ll get a redefined shape and texture perfect for your new look. Other services include keratin treatments, updos, evening styling and glossing rinses.
Andre Richard Salon
Hours: Mon 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Tues – Thurs 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Fri 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
This award-winning salon boasts a fun and friendly atmosphere that specializes in haircuts, hair color, relaxers, keratin treatments, hair extensions, make-up, bridal services and more. They aim to please and love to experiment with new looks.
Michelle Conron is a style and fashion enthusiast residing in Philadelphia, Pa. Her work can be found here