Bath Junkie’s Westfield branch welcomes crafty visitors who aim to create their own customized bath products without welding together bathtubs or sewing shower curtains into tuxedo capes. Amid a vibrant and colorful atmosphere, the helpful staff assists customers in selecting non-tinted and unscented products such as salt scrubs, bath crystals, lotions, body washes, shampoos, conditioners, oils, perfumes, and magical elf ointments that instill tree-talking abilities. Next, around 200 scents are available to be fused into each product before a final tint application transforms skin-soothing concoctions into aesthetically striking bathroom accessories. Surprise your mom with a hydrating body mist ($13.50, 4 oz.) that matches her bedroom décor or pick up any bottled product such as a conditioner, body wash, or bubble bath. Add pizzazz to bath time with bubbling bath crystals ($25.00) and an exfoliating salt scrub ($35). The fun, hands-on process provides all the childlike excitement of spontaneous soda-fountain chemistry while avoiding sugar-induced headaches and upset stomachs. Every product is suitable for sensitive skin and almost all are paraben- and SLS-free.
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.
A visit to Nail Club LLC is a bit like visiting a fairy godmother. Clients arrive with drab nails and seemingly enchanted forests of body hair and leave with gleaming digits and freshly waxed skin. To effect this transformation, aestheticians turn to OPI and Essie polishes, and Shellac and gel treatments. While the techs work their magic, guests can take a spin on the salon’s iPads.
You might think that standing up while you tan would cause an unnaturally darkened scalp, but this never happens at Hollywood Tans. That's because their arsenal of signature stand-up tanning booths create an always even, natural-looking glow in as little as eight minutes. With more than 140 locations nationwide, the chain’s salons—each a veritable bronze mine for pale bodies—can also bronze physiques Mystic Tan’s Instant Tan, a sunless formula that does not contain UV-rays or infectious California boy-band harmonies. Voted "Favorite Tanning Salon in North Jersey" by an independent readers' pole in Suburban Trends magazine, Hollywood Tans of Riverdale can also help customers choose the Instant Tan formula best suited to them, matching the bronzing serums to the each person's skin tone, type, and ideal look.
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.