In almost 30 malls sprinkled across four states, Beauty Plus Salon beckons prospective makeover recipients with a fleet of skilled stylists and a colossal selection of professional beauty products. "The beauty industry never slows down," staffers say on Facebook, so "neither do we." That's why mall-goers find Beauty Salon open seven days a week. Between the retail shelves that average 500 nail polish colors, clients get gussied with services that pamper hair, skin, and nails.
Chris Halabi brings his scissors, his razors, and his 12 years of haircutting experience to his clients’ homes and offices. Fresh off a 12-year stint at Pequannock Barber Shop, Chris began making trips to the offices of businessmen, the homes of fathers and sons, and the homes of elderly and disabled clients who were unable to venture out of the house for a haircut. With a veteran’s eye and rehearsed technique, Chris sculpts handsome men’s haircuts and renders faces smooth and stubble-free with razor shaves, all while clients relax in the comfort of their chosen surroundings.
High Street Cuts separates itself by combining the barbershop and salon experience into one comfy chair. The staff—composed of graduates from schools such as Paul Mitchell and Parisian Beauty—can perform complex processes such as coloring and keratin smoothing therapy, and also ace barber styling with beard trims, fades, razor shaves, and surgically lowering the ears onto the chin. After preparing for a special occasion with an updo or a makeup session, clients also peruse the shop's beautification products.
Trained in cutting and sculpting male and female manes alike, 8 to 8 Barber Shop’s stylists provide modern salon services in an atmosphere that evokes an old-fashioned barbershop. Wielding clippers, razors, scissors, and products by Paul Mitchell, they expertly execute everything from boy's hair lining to ladies' dimensional highlights and perms. Classic hot-towel razor shaves leave gents' mugs feeling soft and refreshed, while an in-house manicurist prettifies fingernails by pulling up to file, shape, and paint tips during the haircut.
In addition to coiffing hair and pampering facades, the team also relaxes tense muscles with five types of massage. Swedish massages gently knead soft tissue with circular, medium-pressure strokes; deep-tissue massages, on the other hand, deliver firm, cross-grain pressures to alleviate even the achiest of knots. Upon request, the team augments any massage with botanical essential oils extracted directly from plants and Swamp Thing’s tear ducts.
Beyond enjoying classic coddling services, clients with 8 to 8 membership cards can use them to score discounts at other local businesses such as V-Jeweled Designs and Glen Weber Drum Shop, as well as admittance to the secret amusement park hidden beneath the shampoo station.
The Man-U of hair services at The Gentlemen's Cut speaks to a tongue-in-cheek mixture of retro and modern style. The bond between these aesthetics is one of community: fathers and sons can share a Bonding Session haircut, while the Bromance Referral Program rewards those who introduce new guys to the fold. The barbers augment their 50's-era trims with hot-towel shaves and manicure services, proving that fingernail maintenance isn't just for courteous dentists.
The skilled stylists at Fantastic Sams Lincoln Park turn their deftly handled shears not only to the hair atop patrons' heads, but also to unruly facial hair, performing beard and mustache trims. Other services include facial waxing, color and texture treatments, and updos for formal events.