Slide behind the chair with Delaware’s beauty experts. They know your secrets. Now, here are some of theirs.
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Kim Francis, an aesthetician at Castaldi’s Salon and Day Spa (328 Kennett Pike, Chadds Ford, Pa., 610-388-0670), performs a red carpet-worthy pure oxygen facial treatment. “It’s really a Hollywood secret,” she says. “I did research to find out how the celebrities’ skin looks so radiant at the awards shows. This is how.” Using a nebulizer, Francis coats the face and neck with a fine mist that infuses the skin with 180,000 minerals, and vitamins A, C and E. “The result is immediate. The skin glows,” she says. “It makes a woman look 10 years younger.”
T.J. Seeney, co-owner of Bling Salon and Spa (17644 Coastal Hwy., Lewes, 644-2580) is filled with beauty tips. “My mom did hair at the salon near my family’s motel in Bethany Beach,” Seeney says. “When I was a little girl, I helped sweep hair from the floors.” But Seeney chose nails and skin over hair. What are her beauty tips? “Don’t shave your legs before a pedicure or a massage. The exfoliation products can irritate the skin, which can sting and possibly cause little bumps. Men, however, should shave their faces right before a facial. Any beard will make the aesthetician’s fingers drag, in a bad way.”
Kelly Blaeuer, co-owner of J K Tangles (1151 E. Lebanon Road, Route 10 Plaza, Dover, 698-1006), has a lot of tips for nails. “Put nail oil on the cuticles of your hands and feet to keep them moist,” she says. “Keep your heels moisturized, especially in warm weather. Moisturized hands and manicured nails make a woman look younger and healthier.” Though Blaeuer is now a full-time hair stylist, she knows a lot about nails because that’s how she started. “My mom did nails at Rene Delyn designs (1744 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover, 736-6070), and she taught me how to do mine. Renee saw my nails and said that she liked how I was doing them. She gave me my first job.”
Kelly Reading’s first job was as a registered nurse. In her 10 years of working in health care, she developed an interest in skin care, so she went to school to get her aesthetician’s license and learned about the health aspects of skin care, then went into the salon business. Two years ago, she opened Lotus Salon Spa Wellness (301 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-7546). Some says she gives the best facials in Delaware.
Carrie Rutt loves to get facials. She owns Town & Country Salon (1923 Kirkwood Hwy., Newark, 737-1855), which she bought in 2007, and expanded into a spa. “People started asking us for services,” she says. “Everyone wants to look younger, right?” Facials are one way to do that, but Rutt says women’s hair is equally important. “Have an up-to-date style,” she says. “The Dorothy Hamill haircut is way out. Big bangs are done. Even a wedge needs to be updated. Be brave, trust your stylist, and go for it.”
Men also want to look younger, and Heidi Sweringen, an aesthetician at Made Ya Look! Salon and Day Spa (20831 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 226-1400), says many men are getting facials. “Most men get a deep clean with exfoliation and extractions, but none of the fu-fu stuff. They want to get in, get out, and be done in an hour.” Her No. 1 tip for men? Use facial cleanser instead of soap, which is too drying.
Gentlemen will fare well with a facial at Essencia Salon & Day Spa (1240 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 234-9144). Start with an exfoliation and massage. Then come the paraffin and moisturizers. Finish with a shoulder and neck massage. Ahhh. On the run, ladies? Try the mini facial. You’ll be back in action in 30 minutes.
Even Yahoo! is buzzing about Brenda’s Bee Hive (1017 N. Lincoln St., Wilmington, 345-9666). Owner Brenda Goebel Denesowicz is a wizard at waxing brows (as evidenced by her 2008 Best of Delaware award), but she’ll take care of chins, lips, underarms, legs and bikinis, too. Best of all, prices are low—and she won’t take tips, so the Bee Hive is one of the best bargains around.
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