Bulbs circle the ceiling of MarKirk Salon, pouring light down onto black styling chairs as clients watch their hair transform in the reflection of a giant ornamental mirror. The salon's talented stylists use Redken and Chromatics hair products as they clip and sculpt their way through the hairstyles of men, women, and children, transforming overgrown and disparate locks into cohesive 'dos. The team members' extensive backgrounds and training renders them capable of much more than scissor-wielding, however: They draw from Keratin smoothing certifications, Japanese straightening licensing, and balayage highlighting expertise to perform the salon's many additional treatments. The stylists also assist with hair extensions and help brides perfect their looks to impress guests or overshadow the plastic bride humbly smiling from atop the wedding cake.
A winding brick pathway leads to the doorway of December Moon Skin Care Studio & Salon, whose red cottage exterior and shingled roof recall an image from a distant childhood. Fittingly, the salon’s staff restores skin to its youthful state with services that include facials, exfoliating body treatments, and spa manicures and pedicures. Estheticians call upon Dermalogica products developed by The International Dermal Institute to soothe skin during skin-brightening sessions, zone-specific blackhead treatments, and prescriptive facials that begin with a complimentary face-mapping analysis. Across the salon, technicians certified by Dermalogica in the art of speed waxing dip their wooden applicators in hard or soft waxes before swiping away hairs on faces and physiques.
A Paul Mitchell-focused salon, Jasmine's Salon Bella exclusively deploys Paul Mitchell products, whether while styling hair or restocking the empty slots of a home shampoo cellar. Under their mantra of pampering personages and providing stellar results, stylists begin treatments with a one-on-one consultation, enrich shampoos with a scalp-relaxing head massage, and educate clients on how to replicate their new style at home without the need to clone one of the salon's stylists. Within the salon, sleek black-leather chairs pose in front of mirrors. Dark hardwood floors absorb the sunlight that streams through the many windows as stylists attempt to sweep up puddles of sunshine to apply to refreshed coifs.
Dawnell Gerow may possess a lifetime's worth of secrets to healthy skin, but she doesn't keep them to herself. In fact, she helped develop the curriculum at The Academy of Esthetics and Wellness in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. The lessons she devised enabled spa professionals to hone their skills and learn in-depth details about their trade, including about seaweed's use in skincare, which Dawnell learned firsthand from seaside spas in France. At Spa Seacrets, Dawnell puts this knowledge to use by performing holistic skincare treatments that rely on ingredients derived from the ocean, including seaweed, sea salt, and exfoliating spells cast by sea witches.
In addition to caring for hair, a Quality Grooming Experience titivates skin with an alluring cologne splash, exfoliates mugs with a mini facial, and fixes mitts desiccated by attempts to arm wrestle a volcano with a moisturizing paraffin hand dip. Newly groomed men can practice styling savvy with American Male’s at-home game, leaving the shop with a bottle of product (a $10 value) calibrated for continuing adventures in tress taming.
The stylists at The Male Room Salon cut and color their clients’ hair, finishing each cut with a complimentary 10-minute massage when massage therapist is available. The stylists also offer polish-free manicures and pedicures in addition to waxing, massages, and facials. The waiting area features a large-screen television and the upstairs is equipped with a pool table.