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.
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.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Pro Tip: Prior to airbrush tanning, we recommend that you shower and do not apply lotions or deodorant. Ask our stylists about recommended products when having your hair styled.
The team of seasoned stylists at the boutique salon known as Blowout transforms customers with environmentally friendly beauty products such as Davines and Rahua. Cuts and styles can be complemented with signature blowout services, and the team performs updos for special events. While they sculpt new hairdos with cuts, coloring, and extensions, customers can peruse the staff’s past work, which hangs proudly on the walls. Conventional and airbrush makeup services are also available, including lash application.
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.
You might think that standing up while you tan would cause an unnaturally darkened scalp, but this never happens at Hollywood Tans. That's because their arsenal of signature stand-up tanning booths create an always even, natural-looking glow in as little as seven minutes. With more than 140 locations nationwide, the chain’s salons—each a veritable bronze mine for pale bodies—can also bronze physiques Mystic Tan’s Instant Tan, a sunless formula that does not contain UV-rays or infectious California boy-band harmonies. Voted "Favorite Tanning Salon in North Jersey" by an independent readers' poll in Suburban Trends magazine, Hollywood Tans of Riverdale can also help customers choose the Instant Tan formula best suited to them, matching the bronzing serums to the each person's skin tone, type, and ideal look.