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As the joint namesakes of Salon Christopher, co-owners Chris Angelastro and Chris Moore run their sizable team of stylists with experienced aesthetic eyes. Moore draws upon years of climbing the ranks in a New Jersey salon, and Angelastro taps a lifetime of growing up in his dad's salon. Today, their joint venture boasts both stylists' chairs and mani-pedi stations. Under the owners’ direction, stylists rinse locks in ebony shampoo bowls, lathering strands with products that boast shampoo-championship-ready pedigrees from brands including Italian-import Davines and Australian line Kevin Murphy.
Anthony Rossano created b2 after running Bernard's Salon & Day Spa for more than 20 years. Today, he matches men and women with the talented teams of stylists and colorists who bring their skills to b2's three locations—each as modern and airy as a cloud on a hovercraft. The Cherry Hill salon and the circular Washington Township salon are both completely white inside, and Philadelphia's b2 is marked by wood accents and geometric shapes. All three salons offer facial waxing; technicians renovate nails in Washington Township and Philadelphia.
Amid beach-themed decorations, children and adults alike slide into styling chairs at Surfs Up Salon, where staffers create new ‘dos to suit any age. Kids can flip through books during haircuts that include glitter tattoos or watch TV while their parents indulge in hair and skin services. The salon also hosts children’s parties wherein girls try on makeup, receive facials, sample teas, or croon “The Battle of 1814” on a karaoke machine.
At Salon LimeLight, stylists approach each mane with an artistic eye. After consulting with clients, they enlist Goldwell color products and knowledge of trending styles to sculpt hair into fresh looks or neoclassical busts. Though they're trained in multiple beautifying services, the staff specializes in smoothing tresses with Brazilian blowouts and revitalizing them with gleaming color. Nail services add hue to digits as well, and specialty OPI gel manicures keep finger shades unmarked for up to two weeks. The comprehensive services unfold in an intimate boutique setting where natural light illuminates light lime walls and potted bamboo.
Rizzieri is an Aveda-partnered beauty institute that doles out hair and skincare services. A cut and style (women, $18; men, $12) trims head-shrubs into an artfully presented garden, and partial highlights ($32+) brighten locks until they radiate like the sun eating a smaller sun. The Outer Peace facial ($42) arranges exfoliating treatises with blemishes, and skin fuzz cowers away from Rizzieri Aveda's specialists during hair-removal treatments, from eyebrows ($8), to bikini areas ($15), to the 3 inches inside of the ear.