When stylist Darren McHugh met Amy at a salon in the United Kingdom, the two quickly discovered they had a lot in common. They had both spent a year mastering techniques at the TONI&GUY International Academy, had a passion for hairstyling and fashion, and harbored ambitions to start salons of their own. Their kinship continued over the next few years, as the duo dressed models’ hair for prestigious shows at New York Fashion Week and managed a salon in Gloucester. Today, the seasoned stylists have achieved their ownership dreams, bringing their years of rigorous training and high-end experience to a salon of their very own design—Essensuals London.
Nestled amidst the upscale shops of the Cherry Hill Mall, Essensuals London occupies a chic studio space with sleek black styling chairs and a bright collage of fashion photography sweeping across the back wall. That sophisticated aura extends to appointments as well, as highly trained specialists transform hair with stylish cuts, gleaming color, or smoothing keratin treatments. They can also arrange hair into elegant up-dos, ideal for special events such as a formal dance or informal black-tie gala.
Beyond Hair Salon and Spa stays true to its name with an array of services that beautify tresses as well as fingers, faces, and other areas that aren’t traditionally classified as hair. In the salon—which was featured in an episode of the television show _Tabatha's Salon Takeover_—stylists enliven locks with haircuts and starburst highlights or outfit heads with custom wig caps, full weaves, and lace-front wig infusions. In addition to revamping ‘dos, the spa staffers coat fingernails and toenails with Gelish polish, dress up faces with professional makeup applications, thread eyebrows into neat arches, and refresh complexions with facials.
On Wednesdays, the staff focuses their pampering efforts on mothers with their Mommy Makeovers, treating the spawn-saddled ladies to a manicure, hair styling, and eyebrow waxing or threading.
Chic, light-filled confines replete with tall mirrors and an elegant white-and-brown color scheme welcome clients into Bernard’s Salon and Spa. The modern, opulent look of the space hints at a rich line of products used in-house, including Dermalogica, Unite, Becca, and Jan Marini. Ultramodern hairstyling and European hair-coloring services make use of these hair-buttressing serums to enliven tresses with fresh looks, and one-hour blow-outs leave strands more polished than the aftermath of two olive-oil trucks colliding on freshly waxed bowling-alley lanes. To attend to nonhairdocentric concerns, Bernard’s staff shows clients to private treatment rooms for massage, waxing, and facial services. The savvy team helps both spa and salon clients extend the lives of their services by recommending the proper products to take home or by encasing them in bubble-wrap cocoon.