Their exclusive use of hard wax makes the depilation experts at Solo Wax Center NJ stand out in the salon world. The staff uses this wax because it coddles sensitive skin better than gooey soft wax, requires no cloth strips, and is never mistaken for honey and added to hot drinks. These professionals wax men and women alike, treating nearly every part of the anatomy, from eyebrows to ankles. But waxing is just one arrow in the salon's beautification arsenal. Stylists transform tresses with expert cuts and multidimensional color, and mani-pedis are also available to restore nails' street cred without the violence of jewel-encrusted brass knuckles.
In the waxing world, soft wax tends to be less painful for a client, though it's often not used for Brazilian treatments because it poses a higher degree of difficulty for aestheticians. Not so at The Pretty Kitty, where the experienced team featured in InStyle's October 2013 Beauty Black Book deftly applies soft wax to deliver more efficient and comfortable treatments than traditional hard wax allows. Using only high-quality products, they often finish skin-smoothing full Brazilians in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. With the same gentle touch, this full service waxing boutique will also dismiss unwanted body hair from all body regions, including legs, lips, and eyebrows.
If it turns out practice doesn’t make perfect, Ethos Spa’s medical director, Dr. Hardik Soni, will be very disappointed. Dr. Soni, who specializes in non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, has performed more than 35,000 laser treatments over the course of his career. At his spa, he works with a team of plastic surgeons and aestheticians to perform even more, turning to laser beams’ power for a variety of purposes: minimizing the visibility of unsightly veins, tightening skin, and soothing acne. The med spa’s services extend beyond laser treatments, too. The team also instills clients with a youthful glow via microdermabrasion, Botox injections, facials, and making them sleep in glow-in-the-dark cribs.
Drawing from her family's catalog of natural wax recipes, the proprietor of Girl from Ipanema Spa evicts fuzz with homemade waxes designed to play nice with sensitive skin. The spa's aestheticians also rejuvenate visages with facials that rely on either organic ingredients or high-tech methods, as in the photofacial, which skips PPx pulsed light across skin ponds to break up rosacea, sun damage, and other imperfections. Amidst green-tea-hued walls, exfoliating sea salts and essential oils remove dry skin and prepare bodies for airbrush tanning. Visitors can cop a full range of Éminence handmade organic skincare products to continue their bodycare at home or on the giant hamster wheels they've agreed to live on for science.
Luminesse Laser turns back the clock with the rejuvenating power of supercharged light. Laser-abetted services include hair removal, which can eliminate fur permanently or near-permanently, and spider vein treatments that can obliterate web-like patterns of blood vessels. Tattoo removal erases unwanted ink while LED teeth whitening dissolves stains caused by years of drinking or gargling with coffee and cola. Laser-less services include relaxing massage, facials, microdermabrasion, and sunless spray tans, which bronze bodies using a completely organic solution.
The staff, which includes a certified laser specialist, at Gentle Light Laser Center’s three clinics harness beams to address clients’ needs, inside and out. They specialize in aesthetic services, from resurfacing laser and photo facials to spider-vein- and hair-removal treatments. Teeth are also spotlighted during whitening services, which use LEDs to eliminate deep-set stains or graffiti from vengeful tooth fairies. The Center’s scope goes beyond cosmetic services as well, offering laser acupuncture and cold-laser therapy to relieve pain and assist healing.