A makeover can be fun; it’s an opportunity to have a relaxing day, rejuvenate yourself and play around with all the options you have with your appearance. Your appearance is yours alone, and there is a lot you can do with it whether you want to cut your hair, curl it, straighten it or change its color completely (or maybe just subtle changes are more your thing). One thing is certain: there is almost always a need for fun and relaxation in more people’s lives. Here are the top five places to get a makeover in Philadelphia.

Salon Thalia
1520 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 790-0200
www.salonthalia.com

Salon Thalia is a complete full service salon that will give you a complete makeover if you so desire. They offer services here for skin, makeup and hair. Some of the hair options include popular choices such as color, color correction, highlighting and ombre styles. Salon Thalia also offers hair extensions if you always wanted longer hair which range from $1500 and up. If you want a new style in time for your wedding, they have full bridal services and styling. You can complete your primping by also getting a spa service, such as waxing, facials, microdermabrasion and even massages. They also sell products to keep your makeover going at home.

Mirror & Mantel
117 S. 22nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 988-9088
mirrorandmantel.com

Mirror & Mantel is a top pick amongst many different groups, so they must be doing something exceptional. The salon is described as clean and beautiful and is open Tuesday through Saturday. Stylists all have applicable credentials you can view on the website. They take their time with you so you can get what you want. Color is $70 and up depending on how much processing and whether you need a gloss ($30), but as with many things, you do get what you pay for. Plus the salon offers free snacks and goodies, which always help.

The Parlour
1339 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 278-7613
www.parlourhairandskin.com

The Parlour is open all week except Monday. You can get a complete hair and skin makeover here. Some of the most popular services provided are makeup, waking and keratin treatments (they begin at $305). Other options are coloring, blowouts, and they even can enhance your eyelashes and tinting. People also like how clean the place is, and the décor is described as “la mystical fairy garden”.

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Duross & Langel
117 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 592-7627
durossandlangel.com

Duross & Langel is known for being one of the largest local beauty product makers and distributors in the area. They also now offer additional services if you are looking for a spa day or for a makeover. They have a salon and yoga studio so you can enjoy a new look and even work on a makeover from the inside out. Duross & Langel handmade beauty products come from old family recipes and are cruelty free. Some of their most popular are their hair products and bath soaks.

Salon Bass
2556 Pine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 909-0911
www.salonbass.com

If you don’t know what you want and need some help selecting your new look, Salon Bass includes consultations as part of the service they provide. They also style and process hair for both males and females. Their keratin treatments begin at $250 and are one of the lower priced available at these top spots. Salon Bass also offers services for up-dos, styling, various color processes, including ombre.

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Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here Examiner.com.

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