Joli Visage Permanent Cosmetics' master permanent cosmetic and medical-tattoo specialist Andrea takes an artistic approach to naturally enhancing features with permanent makeup. More than eight years of experience guide her hand as she deftly darkens brows, outlines eyes, or turns lips the color of a newborn fire engine. In addition to highlighting facial features, Lopez re-pigments skin after breast reconstruction and shades scar tissue to match the color of surrounding flesh.
After entering the lipstick-red door of the salon, clients consult with Andrea in the salon's design area amid pictures of scarlet lips, lined eyes, full eyebrows, and the 1987 Nato Summit. They then head to the procedure area and recline on a plush black-and-white massage bed, waiting for Andrea to apply the permanent pigment as a giant mural of a glamorous face reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe looks on.
Although running a permanent cosmetics business let Andrea Lopez get creative, it left many of her beauty talents untapped. That’s why she opened Joli Visage Clinique, a day spa brimming with a menu of more than 25 skin, hair, and nail services. Clients relax inside the Clinique’s cozy environs amid the renovated home’s Mediterranean décor while their skin soak up customized facials or revamp their hairstyles with cuts, color, or deep-conditioning techniques.
A burgundy door beneath an awning of a similar wine hue provides entry to It’s All About Me Salon & Day Spa, where waiting clients take deep, relaxed breaths amid thriving plants in the reception area. Hair stylists guide tresses into face-flattering formations in front of a wall of mirrors, which prevent town pranksters from sneaking up behind clients to tickle their ribs. As stalks of live bamboo and flowering orchids oversee manicure and pedicure stations, wall sconces and candles glow dimly in the private rooms where massages slake stress and facials drive away dead skin and wrinkles.
The swirling barber's pole out front beckons young men and old, wise Feenys into Cory Mathew's Salon for a haircut and shave. But the services don't stop there. The staff also can color your hair, wax your unwanted strands, and manicure your fingernails.
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.
Hollywood Tans, one of the nation’s largest chains of tanning salons, turns dermises gold with a special alchemic process known as Tanetics. Skin specialists consider each customer’s tanning goal, skin tone, and skin sensitivity before helping them choose the perfect skin-shading procedure. Four clean and comfortable types of stand-up UV tanning-booth options filter out most pestiferous UVB rays while speedily darkening pigment. Five 11-minute bouts ($40) inside Hollywood Tans’ HT42 booth are enough to leave any pelt polished with a glossy base tan. For Daphnes fleeing Apollo, a Mystic spray-tan booth ($30) depales pasty parchment with a misty coat of bronze that lasts 5–7 days. The Mystic’s cartridges can be changed to allow users great flexibility in choosing their preferred skin patinas.