The word "verde" means "green" in Spanish, and that's exactly what Verde Salon strives to be. The salon offers numerous eco-friendly beauty treatments, from formaldehyde-free nail polishes to skincare products formulated with organic and vegan ingredients. Even the space itself is green?it boasts low- or no-VOC paints and finishes, recycled wallpaper and bamboo flooring, and EnergyStar appliances.
Owner and head stylist Kevin Gatto runs the show here. The beauty guru has more than a decade of industry experience under his belt, including stints as an expert stylist on CBS- and NBC-Philadelphia, and a lifetime of shampooing his own hair. He and his team work hard to keep up with the always-changing salon industry, regularly participating in what Gatto calls "scissors-on" trainings to learn the latest styles and techniques.
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.
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.
Beyond Hair Salon and Spa stays true to its name with an array of services that beautify tresses as well as fingers, faces, and other areas that aren’t traditionally classified as hair. In the salon—which was featured in an episode of the television show Tabatha's Salon Takeover—stylists enliven locks with haircuts and starburst highlights or outfit heads with custom wig caps, full weaves, and lace-front wig infusions. In addition to revamping ‘dos, the spa staffers coat fingernails and toenails with Gelish polish, dress up faces with professional makeup applications, thread eyebrows into neat arches, and refresh complexions with facials.
On Wednesdays, the staff focuses their pampering efforts on mothers with their Mommy Makeovers, treating the spawn-saddled ladies to a manicure, hair styling, and eyebrow waxing or threading.
The aestheticians at Cham-Pagne Salon & Spa take stock of each client's beauty behests before launching into treatments that rely on brand-name products. Nail nurses decorate digits with OPI and Essie polishes during manicures, and stylists shampoo strands with Italian-imported Davines products before shaping them into chic new 'dos. Cham-Pagne's stylists can trim the tresses of anyone in the family, and they even host Princess Parties, during which girls can emulate Mom by enjoying miniature versions of manicures, pedicures, and makeup applications. Grownup pedicures find technicians kneading arches with rolled-up copies of Reader's Digest and one of the spa's signature scents. The salon's 30-minute crystal body-art sessions add twinkling contrast to the dark shades that UV-free airbrush tans bequeath to bodies.