Although most people want a glowing tan, no one wants burnt, painful skin. That’s why the Smart Tan-certified professionals at Bronze Couture Tan & Spa guide clients through the tanning options available in their salon, ensuring clients select the tanning method and lotion that will best darken their individual skin type. The staff members desire to help clients reduce the negative effects of tanning, and thus educate them on how to enhance tanning sessions with accelerating lotions, chocolate syrup, or the salon’s higher-tiered UV beds. The Level 3–7 Ergoline beds build up tans over time, whereas the salon’s high-pressure Magic 636 bed condenses eight hours of sunshine into 12 minutes.
As an alternative to UV tanning, certified airbrush artists offer custom spray tans that last for 5–10 days. The salon also offers complementary services such as teeth whitening, tan-prolonging hydration treatments, and red light–therapy facials.
Contemporary Plastic Surgery, helmed by Dr. Robert A. Herbstman's, balances the aesthetic needs of clients with a mix of traditional cosmetic surgery, non-invasive procedures, and top-notch skincare programs. An experienced on-staff aesthetician evaluates each client's skincare needs before designing an individualized and customized regimen. Certified staffers transform bodies through both surgical procedures and noninvasive med-spa services, such as microdermabrasion, which employs a diamond-studded wand to exfoliate layers and stimulate cellular growth.
At The Woodhouse, relaxation begins upon each client's arrival in the spa's dedicated Quiet Room. A fluffy robe drapes around their shoulders and mugs of loose-leaf tea warm their lips as they await the start of their services. The spa's product selection reflects a similar attention to detail: staffers fill the shelves with natural, organic, and wild-crafted products, none of which are tested on animals. They also go the extra mile to include small extras with each session, such as home-care recommendations after facial treatments and foot-cleansing with each massage.
The sun simply cannot match the quality of work performed by Sunkissed Airbrush Tanning's technicians. Whereas the star bronzes everyone with the same generic rays of UV light, airbrush techs gild skin with pigments that account for personal factors including body type, skin tone, and preferences. To begin, Sunkissed’s airbrush artists meet with clients to create a custom sunless-tanning product. Each resulting formula contains all-natural, organic ingredients such as sugar cane or melted fudgesicles that darken skin without unpleasant odors, orange hues, or streaking. After preparing the bronzer, the technician takes about 15 minutes to shade the whole body, upper body, legs, face, or décolletage in a superfine mist.
The swirling suns embossed on the golden walls of Sole Sano Airbrush Tanning Salon remind you of what you’re getting: a natural-looking glow. They also call to mind what you’re not getting: harmful UV rays.
The salon’s private rooms don’t contain a single tanning bed or inaccurate depiction of the sun wearing sunglasses. Rather, the certified technicians focus exclusively on airbrush tanning. They chat in the studio with patrons during skin evaluations and customize DHA-based solutions to match each client’s unique coloring before misting them evenly across the full body.
Licensed aesthetician and The Spa at Centrex owner Yvonne Semente runs a one-woman glamour show, transforming clients with luscious eyelash extensions, facial treatments, and waxing services. Eyelashes are Yvonne's specialty, and she has spent almost every day for the past three years painstakingly applying her clients' lavish new fringe lash by lash, discarding any falsie that doesn't meet her rigorous standards for flirtation fluttering. As the spa’s only employee, Yvonne also funnels her 10 years of aesthetic expertise into acne and anti-aging facial treatments, chemical peels, waxing, and microdermabrasion.
A trip to Salon La De Da isn't your typical salon experience. It's more like taking a trip back in time to the heyday of the Moulin Rouge, or visiting a vintage circus. Makeup and hair services take on a circus theme, with options for a Cannon Ball blowout for volume and a Tight Rope for straight, sleek tresses—all executed by tamer-, entertainer-, and ringmaster-level stylists.
After hours, the salon transforms into an entertainment arena with live circus-style performances that include child-friendly parties. Customers can enjoy beauty packages during these live shows, but there's a hefty waitlist to see the lion manicurist. Salon La De Da was recently chosen to provide pin-up makeup and hair services for a screening at the 2013 Garden State Film Festival.