Styles may come and go, but not much has changed in the 25 years since a group of co-owners founded Chrysalis Salon. They continue to work alongside a team of skilled stylists who create bold new looks with advanced techniques and professional products from Redken. Unruly curls are no match for their Keratin Complex and Japanese hair-straightening treatments, which mend and condition strands even as they smooth out kinks.
The salon, which resembles a vintage residence, is about more than just hair. Massage therapists release tension and stress with shiatsu and reflexology techniques, and aestheticians brighten complexions with customized facials and microdermabrasion treatments. The team even offers their own line of cosmetics, which can help convince everyone at your high-school reunion that you’ve been living in a hyperbaric tube since graduation.
Nestled inside a Victorian cottage, The Secret Garden Spa aims to provide a green escape from the stresses of daily life. Here, a team of stylists, aestheticians, nail technicians, and certified massage therapists pampers clients from head to toe with organic, vegan, and all-natural products from Aveda and SpaRitual. In an airy salon area framed by a half-circle window, ripening hair dryers dangle from the ceiling alongside chandeliers that illuminate haircuts and ammonia-free color treatments. Private, candlelit spa rooms host massages accented with organic aromatherapy oils and lotions. Nail specialists tend to fingers and toes with earth-loving products and hot-stone massages, and soothing facials cleanse and hydrate with botanical ingredients. Massage therapists cater to customers with a relaxing Mindful Massage that targets sensory nerves in the body and lead clients through Mindful Meditation to reduce stress, anxiety, and pain through breathing techniques.
Describing itself as an "ultra-relaxing urban escape," Skin Station radiates tranquility from its outdoor patio garden to its private treatment rooms stocked with the latest aesthetic technology. Aestheticians specialize in customized, clinical facials that harness the hydrating, age-reversing powers of firming radio frequencies, vitamin C and collagen-rich serums, or age-spot clearing IPL. Hot-stone massages and scrubs enriched with brown sugar and Dead Sea–mud help leave bodies feeling soft and stress-free, while unwanted hair can be swiftly evicted with light technology, sugaring, strongly worded letters, or traditional wax treatments.
At Beauty SQ, hairstylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians administer a wide variety of treatments aided by OPI and BSQ gel polishes, naturally derived Aveda products, and deluxe Bumble and Bumble haircare serums. Therapists ease muscles with Western- and Eastern-style massages, such as deep tissue, acupuncture, herbal reflexology, and Chinese tui na, a technique similar to Swedish massage that aims to positively redirect chi, or energy, throughout the body. Aestheticians create tailored weight-loss packages by combining targeted massage with other treatments, such as body wraps or facials administered prejog.
Guided by the expertise of Dr. Keith Gurland, the chief of ophthalmology at Bayonne Medical Center, the optical experts at Specs Unlimited have been calibrating prescriptions and outfitting eyes with name-brand frames for more than a quarter century. The full-service eye-care center flatters faces with designs from Prada, Gucci, and Ralph Lauren while also sharpening eyesight to read street signs or the fine print on tattoos. The professionals also fit contact lenses for patients hoping to walk through the world with ears and noses unshackled by spectacles.
During the 20-minute vein-therapy session, an experienced skin clarifier flashes the high beams of Cutera CoolGlide technology on circulatory highways to dead-end unsightly spider veins. Cutaneous cobwebs are swept away as blood is heated and rerouted away from the skin's surface, much to the chagrin of blood-sucking bathrobes. Individual veins can take two to six weeks to lighten, and skin maps may take several months to fully fade away. Though patients may experience a slight stinging sensation, persons of all skin colors and types will benefit from the minimally invasive procedure.