The story of The Indus3 begins, as many good stories do, with a quest. In 2009, an overworked Elder Marmeleira himself from a regular nine-to-five job in search of a new means of helping other similarly stressed individuals look and feel good. Soon Elder realized that his budding hairstyling skills were his ticket to a new kind of life.
After countless hours spent honing his craft and fine-tuning his now-signature techniques, he opened The Indus3 salon. Now, with the help of stylist Jenny Viana, Elder continues to uphold his vision of lifting each client’s spirits by transforming their appearance through a host of personalized salon services tailored to individual tastes and styles. On any given day, the team can be found at styling stations, gilding locks with flattering highlights, installing volume-boosting extensions, or straightening curl-laden manes with meticulous flat-iron services. Along with strand-enhancing treatments, The Indus3’s crew also offers makeup applications and performs facial waxing services to streamline upper-lip fuzz that spells the name “Charlotte.”
Sofia Perez has always had a passion for hairstyling and beauty treatments. Her mentor, accomplished hairstylist Gilbert Febles, taught her how to both design hair and push herself beyond perceived limits. After years of experience in running a high-volume beauty salon, Perez created the first Sofi's Color Lounge in Cranford in 1997. Here, she gathered together a team of former coworkers and skilled professionals, and the venture was successful enough to spin off a second location in Summit in 2008.
Today, Perez's adept staff perform their signature color treatments and diverse hair services using hand-picked, innovative products from makers like Goldwell, KMS California, and GK Hair. Both locations have a sleek, modern feel: the Summit site has metallic blue and silver walls, and the Cranford salon also welcomes guests with a metallic color scheme.
Hairdressing runs in his blood. As a third-generation stylist, Jeff—the owner and director of Gemmette Hair Studios—not only loved hair from a young age but acted on his passion and began working in the industry at the age of 15. He then went on to attend the Vidal Sassoon school in London before garnering enough skills to become a color specialist and educator for Paul Mitchell. Now Jeff shares his endless love for hair not only with his clients but with his team of stylists at both Gemmette Hair Studio locations. Under Jeff's tutelage, each stylist much complete the salon's training program before working their way through the ranks of junior, senior, and designer stylist. And, even after all that training, the group still shows offs their hunger to learn by mastering the latest hair trends and techniques through continuing-education courses.
Along with precision cuts for adults and kids, Japanese hair-straightening treatments, and corrective coloring, Gemmette's crew is skilled in eyelash extensions and makeup applications. Hair can also be restored with the salon's reviving blow-dry treatments, which help brighten locks, protect against breakage with argan- and olive-oil-infused products, and boost volume.
Though the focus in each Gemmette Hair Studio is the client, the owner did not skimp on decor. Both locations offer elegance—one with baroque decor and the other inspired by zen—as well as fully stocked color bars boasting every shade of the rainbow, including pot of gold.
Salon owner Nubia Suarez relies on 35 years of professional salon experience as she oversees the beautifying treatments Utopia Salon and Day Spa administers. Her staff members, who each specialize in the individual realms of hair, nails, waxing, and massage treatments, work to soothe and groom their patrons' exteriors using a combination of Dermalogica skincare products and pampering add-ons. Utopia Salon and Day Spa sports an antique-chic interior, ensconcing visitors in a waiting area with hardwood floors, overstuffed armchairs, and an oriental rug. Like Fabio's speech patterns, the expansive space is unified by wooden accents and soft hues.
“I’ve had a pair of clippers in my hand since I was 16,” says the eponymous Ray, whose passion for snipping locks drove him to found his own barbershop after years of working in others' hair studios. Now, he runs his own team of barbers, each of whom he trains personally. L’Oréal, Joico, and Paul Mitchell furnish the salon's services, allowing stylists to revamp manes of all hair textures and conditions, ranging from silken tresses to the hissing snakes of a gorgon. The staff enjoys challenges, from recreating classic styles to incorporating custom designs. Ray describes the microphone he once carved into a rapper’s hairscape before a photo shoot. “I like a challenge,” he explains. The design was challenging indeed—the mic's cord twined around his client’s head, down a sideburn, and across his face.