Golden hues pervade the color scheme at All Inclusive Day Spa, where aestheticians quench epidermises with six kinds of facials that use seaweed, alpha-hydroxy acid, and other naturally derived skin scrubbers. Each of the spa's three packages strings together a back-to-back-to-back facial, massage, and mani-pedi combo so that guests can retreat from the stress of bosses demanding reports and dogs demanding reading lessons. Strands revel in the spa's hair services, trying on different shades courtesy of face-framing highlights and making nice with thick new microlink extension pals.
Unless you go back in time and track yourself down, there's only one of you in the world. That's why professional makeup technician Ele Bien always tailors her makeup applications to the individual's unique complexion, features, and personality. Clients may solicit her services for an upcoming date, or for more auspicious long-awaited events such as a wedding, graduation, or divorce hearing.
The founders of Soleil Tans believe that a trip to the tanning salon should feel like a mini-vacation—a welcome respite from the stress of work, the chaos of exams, or the company of a pet dog who just learned how to play the theme to Three's Company. They've packed their sleek, modern salons with powerful standup booths and tanning beds, outfitted with amenities such as music players, air conditioners, and adjustable air showers. There's even specialty beds designed to target upper bodies, faces, and legs.
The salons are staffed by sunless tanning specialists boasting extensive training and experience in the art of spray tans. They airbrush skin with a UV-free Norvell formula, customizing applications to accommodate varying skin types and desired looks. The staffers can also equip clients with professional skincare products that help moisturize skin, as well as teeth-whitening solutions that work to brighten smiles during UV-tanning sessions.
Replete with 20 private rooms and nine models of bronzing devices, Tanning Spa welcomes walk-ins in search of a youthful, golden glow. The helpful staff maintains a strict standard of cleanliness, sanitizing each bed after every use and keeping treatment areas tidy. In addition to traditional tanning beds, they offer Norvell spray tans for those looking for a UV-free option, as well as relaxing massages performed by certified bodywork experts trained in Swedish and deep-tissue massage, reflexology, and proper tension demolition and removal.
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.
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.
At Gold Medal Fitness, positive energy does as much work as anyone's muscles to propel group classes. These courses cover the grounded poses of Power Yoga, the barbell lifts of BodyPump, and the festive spins of Zumba with more than 50 sessions per week. Cyclists can even choose between 45-minute spin classes and the more vigorous rides of super spin, which increase the challenge by adding an extra 15 minutes and asking your parents to stop putting a stabilizing hand on your back. Regardless of the discipline, however, instructors motivate their students by carefully balancing the room's camaraderie with a honed focus on every individual.
This personal approach typifies the gym as a whole, where the staff strive to memorize each member's name as they arrange workouts for all fitness levels. A nationally accredited team of personal trainers draws on specialties from boxing to Pilates to back rehabilitation, pushing their clients toward coveted milestones. On the gym floor, an assortment of machinery and free weights, as well as a designated stretching area, bespeaks the same regard for diverse goals—visitors can complete a round of resistance work on the FreeMotion circuit equipment, toss a medicine ball to a partner, or step onto a StairMaster. Other amenities include a childcare station, athletic speed school, HydroMassage, and a juice bar.