Indigo Salon and Spa's troupe of stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists rejuvenates and beautifies guests within elegant environs decked in wood, leather, and chiffon to achieve a rich, shabby-chic vibe. Thermal wraps and spa treatments slough off the stress of everyday life or a single day of lion taming, and shelves lined with bath bombs, soaks, and scrubs proffer take-home tranquility.
Sizeable mirrors, framed in white and affixed to light cream walls, reflect tresses mid-transformation as guests lounge in white leather styling seats alongside Paul Mitchell products. Chandeliers illuminate stylists' fingers, and diaphanous draperies separate workstations. In the lobby, waiting clients can nibble treats or sip steamy mugs from the coffee and tea bar as they bask in the glow of a candle-filled fireplace or burn a piece of paper with the name of their old stylist on it.
Ashworth's qualified corps of aestheticians and licensed massage therapists administer a full menu of beautifying and de-stressing services. The main salon area's open space serves as an ideal forum for trading gossip, penning existential soliloquies, and caring for nails. During the one-hour mani-pedi pairing, a nail tech carefully crowns your regal fingers and toes with new colors and shines, filling the hearts of baser nails with envy. Customers can also opt for a full spa facial, which swaddles stressed bodies in a refreshing wrap and soothes countenances with restorative lotions and creams. Exfoliation and a steam session bring the face-refining procedure to a finale more refreshing than a brisk morning swim in the Sea of Tranquility.
Sarah Wartell, a trained practitioner in thai-yoga bodywork, yoga, and Japanese reiki therapy, helms a studio in which she calls on all three holistic modalities to achieve optimal physical and mental healing. During yoga classes for all abilities, the studio fills with the sounds of controlled breathing, stretch-induced groans, and high-pitched yelps of contentment from downward-facing dogs. Agency shifts to the therapist during thai-yoga bodywork sessions that achieve heightened states of relaxation with a blend of focused compression and assisted poses. To practice their similarly holistic art, reiki therapists draw on ancient Japanese techniques designed to shuffle life-force energies around the body. Sarah’s mission to relax bodies and minds simultaneously is reflected in her studio’s décor, which features artwork depicting peace signs and leafy trees.
A tiger stares hungrily at a Changing Colors Salon customer. The cat can’t eat them, though—its face resides in the artwork of an airbrush manicure. Since 1988, the nail salon has brightened extremities with handiwork ranging from traditional manicures and pedicures, powered by OPI polish, to funkier looks such as glitter french tips, acrylic nails, and zebra-print designs. Beyond nail art, the salon tends to skin, with waxing, microdermabrasion, and rejuvenating treatments that combat aging more effectively than engineering the salon clocks to run backwards.
The steady hands of Far Hills Acupuncture's Fritz Froehlich have treated thousands of patients with traditional acupuncture techniques combined with a modern understanding of the body. Froehlich brought his studies to China and South Korea, where he acquired an expertise in Korean acupuncture. Under Korea's masters of acupuncture, he learned a technique that eschews needles for golden and silver pellets. At his clinic, Froehlich helps treat such ailments as chronic headaches, sports injury, and neck injury from attempting to lick pudding off of your elbow.