Slide behind the chair with Delaware’s beauty experts. They know your secrets. Now, here are some of theirs.
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Cindy’s Hideaway Spa (2601 Annand Drive, No. 12, Wilmington, 992-9000) specializes in relaxation, rejuvenation and body wraps. Owner Cindy Annand describes the seaweed wrap. “First, I do a dry brushing to exfoliate the skin, then apply a warm seaweed masque. The client is wrapped in plastic and blankets while lying on a table. Under the table, water jets massage the back side of the body. The client lies quietly, in the darkened room, for 20 minutes while the heated seaweed removes toxins from the body. After a shower, anti-cellulite cream is massaged into the body.”
Seaweed is an ancient beauty secret, and the experts know that at Sherif Zaki Salon and Oasis Spa (4001 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 652-4902) and Sherif Zaki Salon and Spa Rehoboth (19266 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 227-8640). Seaweed is a key ingredient in several Zaki treatments, including the Nefertiti facial, Pharaoh four-layer facial and Mediterranean body treatment. Sherif Zaki and his staff also specialize in hair, especially relaxers. The salons use several kinds of relaxers, but it’s the Sherif Zaki relaxer that has won accolades. Zaki’s father created his eponymous relaxer 40 years ago, and it has de-frizzed Delaware’s curliest heads.
One system that’s been getting lots of frizz-buzz is the keratin treatment, and CMP Designs (1601 N. Lincoln St., Wilmington, 888-2676) has it. What is it? Keratin is a protein that makes hair strong and shiny. The treatment adds that protein back into hair to hydrate, strengthen and eliminate frizz. It is reportedly chemical-free and safe to use on all kinds of hair. The treatment takes about 1½ hours, lasts for about four months and costs about $100 per hour at CMP.
Curly girls in the know go to Color Roxx (101 Louviers Drive, Newark, 453-1113) and Salon Rispoli (1115 Churchmans Road, Newark, 731-9202) for the Deva Curl cut. Stylists Theresa Quezada of Roxx and Thomas Tear of Rispoli journeyed to Manhattan to be trained by Lorraine Massey, the system’s creator. “For years, we cut curls the same way we cut straight hair, with precision cuts,” Tear says. “No wonder women had frizzy clouds of hair.” Quezada nutshelled the system. “Hair is cut dry so the stylist can see the curls and cut them individually. The products are sulfite-free and very moisturizing. Curls frizz because they are trying to get moisture out of the air. These products give the hair what it needs.”
Any kind of hair will benefit from gentle products with reduced chemicals. Can hair color have fewer chemicals? Yes. At George Marcus Salon (3629 Silverside Road, Wilmington, 475-7530), hair guru and salon owner George Ritzel works with a European coloring system that doesn’t have harsh additives, ammonia or parabens. Color and shine are provided by eco-friendly ingredients like botanicals, proteins and vegetable extracts. The salon does offer standard coloring products, because the eco-friendly line isn’t right for everyone.
The Moor mud body wrap and enzymatic sea mud wrap are two of the treatments at Ocean Retreat Day Spa and Hair Studio (210 Savannah Road, Lewes, 645-6868). The mud is rich in vitamins and minerals, and rids the body of toxins. Mud too messy? The detox herbal linen wrap, honey papaya pedicure and pomegranate body scrub are more of owner Christine Hopkins’ creative spa treatments.
And if you think that all smells heavenly, don’t miss the Japanese Body Ritual at the Spa at Montchanin Village (514 Montchanin Road, Montchanin, 888-4205). The massage employs sea algae, ginger grass, rice bran, rose camellia water, wild lime silk oil, plum wine body cream and shiatsu techniques to relax you.
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