Best of the River Wards 2012: Best Salon

Win­ner: Salon Blush at 2407 E. York St.


Salon Blush own­er Alanna Ral­ph, who was born and raised in Fishtown, said that she’s grate­ful the com­munity em­braced the quirk­i­ness of her busi­ness.

“Reg­u­lar salons can be very sterile and cold,” she said. “We’re really unique.”

In­deed—Salon Blush cel­eb­rates the col­or­ful and over-the-top in everything from its chee­tah-print hair col­or­ing treat­ment to its vin­tage-chic design aes­thet­ic. With the salon’s five-year an­niversary ap­proach­ing, Ral­ph said the secret of Blush’s suc­cess is the staff.

“They are artists in their own right,” she said, ex­plain­ing that some staff mem­bers have ex­per­i­ence in art or paint­ing.

The salon’s spe­cialty, she said, is vin­tage hair and makeup—cus­tom­ers can even pur­chase a clas­sic “pinup girl” style photo shoot; Ral­ph runs a pho­to­graphy stu­dio next door to the salon.

One of the most pop­u­lar treat­ments at the salon, she said, is a Mo­roc­can oil hair treat­ment com­plete with head mas­sage, wash, cut and blow dry for $60. Ral­ph learned the mas­sage tech­nique dur­ing a trip to In­dia.

Ral­ph said the best part of run­ning a salon is, of course, the people in the com­munity. Since the salon is spa­cious, she said host­ing events is easy, and many people swing by just to hang out on the fuzzy pink vin­tage couches and chat.

“The com­munity is really strong here,” she said. “In oth­er places, people don’t even say ‘hi’ to each oth­er. Here, every­one has your back.”

Vis­it Salon Blush on­line at www.ilovesalon­, and call at 215-634-1606.

-Mi­kala Jam­is­on

Run­ner Up: Sham­poo Bar at 2651 E. Somer­set St.

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