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.
The mind and the body receive equal attention at Hoboken Wellness Spa. The staff seeks to create a holistic community that will educate patrons on the health benefits of ayurveda, an alternative medicine philosophy that originated in ancient India. Aiming to emulate the word ayurveda itself—which means "knowledge for long life"—it focuses on each individual's body type to yield the best results. People with a pitta body type might need treatments such as a cooling cucumber and peppermint footbath followed by a medicated-oil massage. Staffers might recommend a warm ginger footbath for those with the kapha body type, along with an herbal tea eye treatment that enhances that ability to read Earl Grey leaves. The team also offers waxing and threading services to leave skin smooth.
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.
With a team of experienced stylists, colorists, and designers, Savvy Hair Studio specializes in giving its clients the look they're longing for. Put your head threads in the hands of the salon's scissor-wielding artisans for a haircut ($55+ for women, $35+ for men), and they'll lop off argumentative, gossipy, or otherwise unsatisfactory strands to leave you with an obedient and perfectly styled coiffure. Clients can drive the moon wild with jealousy by giving their locks a sun-kissed look ($75+), tweaking their tone with a color correction ($100+), or emulating ceramic-haired movie stars with a clear or color glaze ($45+ and $65+, respectively). Unruly tresses can also be startled into submission by an expert blow-dry ($40+).
The stylists at Xquisite Color & Cuts infuse clients’ lock with vibrant new hues and face-flattering highlights. They also cut hair into new styles on the heads of men, women, and children, and transform manes with flowing extensions long enough to use as a scarf when the temperature drops.
Lorraine Williams isn't just the namesake of Lorraine's House of Styles—she's also its driving creative force. The Redken Artist has drawn together a similarly experienced team of stylists, many of whom are certified Redken Master Specialists themselves. Each member must complete an intensive training program—and the training doesn't end there. Continuous education keeps Lorraine's crew ahead of the latest salon trends, and they draw on that knowledge to cut and color hair, always working to enhance the natural beauty of their clients. Beyond styling, the team customizes conditioning treatments to add volume, shine, and nourishment to locks damaged by time or hats made entirely of masking tape. They can also perform on-location beautification to help clients prepare for formal events. That dedication to customer satisfaction hasn't gone unnoticed—Lorraine's House of Styles has been named one of the country's top hair havens by America's Best Salons magazine.