Studio 12’s old-timey façade with forest green trimming and floor-to-ceiling windows greets clients as they cross the cheery threshold into a brightly lit space with hardwood floors. Seasoned stylists gussy up men and women, drawing from a Homeric-sized salon menu that includes haircutting, coloring, and styling services alongside waxing services and makeup applications.
Hoboken Women's Wellness founder Mollie Bollers decided to devote her massage-therapy skills to caring for pregnant women, new mothers, and infants after the birth of her own daughter in 2004. Each massage therapist on her team has completed a minimum of 750 hours training each, in modalities such as Swedish massage and shiatsu, as well as 70 additional hours of pregnancy and baby-centric continuing education. Inside the soft lavender walls of the wellness center, therapists work with women in all stages pre- and post-pregnancy, working to help relieve discomfort, muscle cramping, and bad dreams about accidentally swallowing a beach ball. Mollie also strives to give back by offering massage to women at clinics in low-income communities and to the nurses at the Hoboken University Medical Center's labor-and-delivery unit.
Solares offers a bevy of tanning, waxing, and threading services to under-toned and over-follicled clients. Earlier technologically inferior societies valued powdery paleness and wish-granting leeches. However, it is no secret that a smooth tan waiting to show itself off beneath an autumn coat is the modern mark of refinement. Radiate such refinement when you slip into a Sundash 252 or an Advantage 350 tanning bed for one ($10.50), five ($45.50), or 10 tanning sessions ($77), or opt for an upgraded freckle-farming tansperience in an Avantgarde 600 or The Lounge ($18.90 for one session, $80.50 for five, $126 for 10). Clients can achieve UV-free photoskinthesis in under a minute with a Mystic Tan ($17.50 for one session). If tanning needs have been met thanks to high-fives from the sun, opt instead for your choice of only waxing services—Solares offers full Brazilians ($48.50), partial bikini waxes ($27), and other defurring treatments necessary for achieving optimal ocean-side aerodynamics.
The staff at DreamZ Beauty Salon combine their collective talents to enhance each client’s natural beauty from the top down. After sculpting fashionable haircuts, stylists reinvent strands’ natural shade or texture with stunning color treatments and an all-vegan keratin smoothing formula by Zerran. Aestheticians draw from all-organic products and 24 carat gold flakes to render complexions soft and blemish free, and use hard wax to remove body hair and leave bodies with skin that’s baby soft. The salon also balances its makeovers with spirit-reviving massages, treating full bodies to Swedish or aromatherapy-enhanced services, or with prenatal massages that help expecting mothers silence constant worries about college tuition costs or how much to tip the tooth fairy.
Though only one accent wall drenched in lilac disrupts Paris Skin Care Center of Hoboken’s all-white décor, you won’t be missing color. It appears within the kaleidoscopic palettes at the cosmetics counter, manned by professional makeup artist and owner, Sofia. Using both airbrush and traditional techniques, she makes eyes pop with shadow, gives lips a glossy sheen, and contours cheekbones worthy of a ventriloquist’s dummy—all while masking blemishes. Semi-permanent lash extensions, in either basic or dramatic styles, complete freshly made faces. And though makeup is Sofia’s forte, clients will also want to check out her other spa services. She uses an extra-gentle blend of beeswax and cotton-oil, for example, to minimize irritation and ingrown hairs during full-body waxes, and shoos away stress and muscle pain with deep-tissue and aromatherapy massages.