The Hair Spa's talented stylists nurture tresses beset with split ends or overall poor health inside an immaculate, spa-like salon. A sudsy shampoo gently removes dirt, oil, and heavy buildup left after drying hair with a sandstorm. A follicle doctor infuses locks with a deep-conditioning treatment designed to restore wounded wisps according to specific hair needs. A mending mask restores strength and elasticity to chemically damaged hair, and a quenching mask hydrates chronically arid manes. Stylists then shear and style newly supple strands into an abridged 'do adopted from a shot of their favorite celebrity or a self-fulfilling photograph of the client sent back in time from three hours in the future.
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To keep their skills fresh, the staff at Studio M head to New York and Beverly Hills to learn the latest beauty trends and techniques. Once back at their Clifton salon, the stylists blend these new skills with their years of experience to create flattering styles with ombre highlights, Keratin Complex straightening treatments, and SoCap hair extensions. Meanwhile, aestheticians perform Yonka facials and crystal microdermabrasion to restore skin's youthful glow as digits receive coats of OPI polish and LCN tips. For head-to-toe rejuvenation, clients can call upon the spa's therapist who customizes massages to suit each guest, using hot stones to ease tight muscles and reflexology to relax hopelessly tangled toes.
Because hair grows at approximately 1 centimeter each month, the professional hair artists at My Fancy Strands perform specialized extension treatments to save clients from waiting several years for longer locks. Before setting to work, the stylists consult with clients and examine strands and hair types to determine the ideal application methods for new extensions. These techniques include braidless weaves, cold fusions, microlinks, and microrings, all of which eschew damaging methods such as applying excessive heat to hair or feeding it human growth hormones. With more than 51 hair colors and a variety of textures to choose from, Fancy Strands’ stock of faux strands blends in with natural hair of all kinds to fool even the most inquisitive comb-wielding school nurse.
The full-service spa and salon's Caribbean therapy body treatment soothes stressed skin and rejuvenates mopey muscles using healing plant ingredients from the Caribbean, a magical chain of islands where cruise ships go to spawn. A dry exfoliation starts by shedding old skin cells with snakelike skill. Next, a detoxifying seaweed mask and body wrap purges harmful toxins with the speed—but none of the clean-up—of a college freshman's digestive system, followed by a face and scalp massage to ease painful brain cramps. A refreshing shower leaves bodies buffed and shined in time for a restorative full-body massage.
Most Popular Service: Massage therapies and vitamin C facials
Brands Used: Biotone massage products and EmerginC skin care line
Minimum Age Requirement: 12
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Please show up 10–15 min early and turn off your mobile phone.
People go to spas to forget about the outside world. How does your decor help create an atmosphere where visitors can unwind?
The entire spa is quiet and calming, and the decor is simple and soothing. Because we are located on the second floor, we have a private and secluded ambiance.
What's the most common beauty mistake you see people make? What would you recommend they do instead?
Covering skin imperfections, such as black heads, breakouts and skin lesions, with lots of make up. To me, healthy and radiant skin is more beautiful than anything else. Start taking care of your skin instead of covering it up.
How did you get started in the industry? Did you have an "ah-ha" moment in life?
I've always been interested in health, beauty, and well-being, but I studied and worked in different fields for long time. I found out that this is the industry that could integrate all the subjects I'm passionate about. Now I love and enjoy what I am doing.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
As we say, "beauty comes from within." Adding a positive attitude in to our daily routine makes everything easier. Start your day with good intentions and positive thoughts, and let your inner beauty shine through your skin. Be the first one who smiles, because "when you smile at the world, the whole world smiles back."
Owner and stylist Jill opened Santa Fe Salon back in 1992. She and her small team of stylists and nail technicians have a true passion for their work and frequently take refresher classes to keep their skills up to date. They specialize in Redken and Goldwell hair color and mani-pedis with bright OPI, Essie, and Misa nail polishes.