The Makeup Bar Salon may be named for its chair-lined countertops that brim with signature cosmetics, but its staff of stylists and aestheticians brings much more than just makeup artistry to the table. Supervised by Lisa Severino, a makeup artist with more than 20 years of experience, the salon’s many claims to fame include a seaweed facial that was a 2011 Pick by InStyle magazine and a blow-dry bar with a choice of three styling options: tousled, straight, or Louis XIV. Meanwhile, eyebrow specialists flaunt years of over-eye artistry in brow-shaping sessions that both correct past tweezing blunders and ensure flattering contours when brows grow out. Clients can put a bow on their spa and salon services with exclusive cosmetics, whether the salon’s own or the feng-shui-inspired Color Elements line designed by Severino herself.
A combination of technical prowess and creativity steady the shears and blow through the hairdryers at Bernard's Salon and Spa, a beauty center that aims to have its clients feeling like they just stepped off the cover of Vogue. Not all the staffs' attention is focused on the scalp, however—aestheticians deftly apply cosmetics before nights-on-the-town, perform rejuvenating facials, remove unwanted fuzz with wax, and shape cuticles during mani-pedis. Massage therapists, meanwhile, use swedish and deep tissue techniques to ease tension from the body, making clients appear more relaxed, approachable, and less likely to pop a neck vein.
Certified massage therapist Mathew LaRaque employs an arsenal of holistic massage techniques to soothe musculature. Hour-long energetic-touch massages fuse the flowing strokes of Swedish massage, the muscle relief of deep-tissue massage, and heat-based Eastern techniques into a set of movements that leave backs as relaxed as a cat sprawled on the carpeted floor of the sun. In the 60-minute deep-tissue treatment, the therapist's deft fingers delve beneath dermal layers to relieve tensions stored in muscles and surrounding tissue, a procedure recommended for patrons who suffer from chronic pains.
The professional waxers at Spice Salon upend unwanted hair with warm wax and a soft cloth during treatments administered at the chic, full-service salon. Mustaches borrowed from cartoon villains slink away in defeat alongside their chin and eyebrow counterparts. Full face waxing frees entire façades from unwanted hair or years of overgrown ivy, and customers who opt for the Brazilian can saunter beachside confidently.
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.
Hollywood Tans helps Americans stay bronzed at more than 140 locations, providing both UV-free tanning with Mystic tanning cartridges and stand-up tanning booths with high-powered bulbs. Throughout the day, staff maintain and sanitize tanning equipment, ensuring that it doesn't grow bored and start tanning racing stripes onto unwitting patrons. Guests can also pick up tanning lotions for at-home tanning or take advantage of the salon's makeup application or waxing services.