At Bronze Body Tanning Salon, specialists meet with each new visitor to perform a skin-type analysis, helping to craft tanning schedules and choose the equipment that will render the best sun-kissed glow. When UV tanning beds suit visitor preference, built-in satellite radios blast soothing tunes as high-watt neck and facial lamps aim to charge up the body's solar-powered pigment factories. Alternatively, the skin beautifiers can guide clients into vertical spray-tan booths for sunless bronzing. The staff also ensures that each bed meets FDA requirements and is rated for maximum exposure time.
Even though their brains brim with creative hair ideas, the stylists at Scissors Edge Salon resist applying scissors to hair until they’ve had a thorough consultation with each client. Once they’ve learned all they can about the client’s wishes and sense of style, they set to work updating looks with precision cuts, texturing services, and Wella professional color products. While the staff perform cuts, facials, and manicures, they attend to client comfort with complimentary beverages, snacks, and wine.
While growing up in Ecuador, Jacqueline Cicala acquired an eye for fashion and beauty after participating in pageants and primping her loved ones. Upon relocating to the US, she earned a cosmetology degree and honed her skills in New York salons. She also studied theatrical makeup at Last Looks Makeup Academy and aesthetics and hair design at Artistic Academy. When she wasn't taking classes, she shadowed bridal and runway experts, participated in Fashion Week, and attended major trade shows.
After amassing more than a decade of experience, Jacqueline founded a boutique salon known as Blowout, where her team of seasoned stylists transforms customers with environmentally friendly beauty products such as Davines and Rahua. While they sculpt new hairdos with cuts, coloring, and extensions, customers can peruse the staff’s past work, which hangs proudly on the walls.
Jacqueline also started Looks, a Jefferson township hair and makeup service for weddings, private parties, television, and rodeo-clown tryouts. While she embellishes brides, she works with other stylists and uses only hypoallergenic products from brands such as MAC, Lancôme, and Trucco.
Complimentary plush towels and protective eyewear are just a few of the pluses at California Tanning Salon. Only stocking beds less than three years old and changing tanning bulbs at 75% of their projected life are a few of the others. This attention to details is all in the service of their customers and quality tans. As all three of their salons boast at least 10 beds, they also treat customers to the convenience of never needing an appointment. Catering to those preferring sunless tans, they offer the Mystic Tan automated spray booth at the Ledgewood location. Furthermore, customers can partake in a Midas Touch with customized airbrush bronzing at the Clifton location.
At the precocious age of 22, entrepreneur Linda Cesario started her own salon—but a fire soon destroyed it, and Cesario was forced to go to work for other salon owners. With time, Cesario gathered the courage to strike out on her own again, and she named her new salon Lighten Up as a nod to her career philosophy of always striving to lift her clients' spirits. Now at Lighten Up, Cesario is again her own boss, which means she has to email herself when she wants to play hooky and then confront herself when she does. She draws on more than 38 years of industry experience as she helms the salon’s dedicated stylists, who tame tresses with INOA hair color and products from Redken and Paul Mitchell. The salon also coddles appendages with manicures and pedicures, waxes away fuzz, and massages sore muscles.
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The licensed therapists at Lotus Spa coax stress out of frazzled life vessels through soothing customized massages in a tranquil, personalized environment. During the one-hour Lotus signature Swedish massage, a muscle manipulator coats the body in long, fluid strokes to melt away anxiety, untie stubborn knots, and transport guests onto a cloud shaped like a peace sign. The Swedish massage can improve concentration, boost circulation, and evict overstaying toxins from their body-abodes. The eager-to-please staff encourages clients to voice opinions on lighting, room temperature, Hemingway versus Fitzgerald, and massage pressure, and alters environment and technique accordingly.