Peek into the lofty front windows of A Unisex Hairport, and you’ll see deep red walls, checkered floors, and shelves of haircare products. A team of skilled stylists bustles about the bright space, administering an array of salon services for men, women, and children. The stylists snip up new hairdos, color locks with professional products, and adorn hair with playful feather extensions.
Sofia Perez has always had a passion for hairstyling and beauty treatments. Her mentor, accomplished hairstylist Gilbert Febles, taught her how to both design hair and push herself beyond perceived limits. After years of experience in running a high-volume beauty salon, Perez created the first Sofi's Color Lounge in Cranford in 1997. Here, she gathered together a team of former coworkers and skilled professionals, and the venture was successful enough to spin off a second location in Summit in 2008.
Today, Perez's adept staff perform their signature color treatments and diverse hair services using hand-picked, innovative products from makers like Goldwell, KMS California, and GK Hair. Both locations have a sleek, modern feel: the Summit site has metallic blue and silver walls, and the Cranford salon also welcomes guests with a metallic color scheme.
Like their business name implies, the trained and licensed beauticians at A Touch of Elegance create more sophisticated looks with their expert treatments and services. In addition to traditional haircuts and manicures, staffers embellish feminine features with everything from make-up to up-dos and hair extensions. Those with Y chromosomes aren't left out; staffers also pamper men with old-fashioned, four-layer barber shaves. After softening the skin and massaging facial muscles, barbers turn back the clock on five-o'clock shadows with straight razors, keeping faces as fresh and youthful as the day they were baked.
In an age of strip malls and robotic cab drivers, you sometimes yearn for the good old days. That's why Palace Barber Shop offers an old-fashioned barbering experience, complete with checkered floors, hot-lather shaves, and even a gumball machine. Though the shop thrives on nostalgia, the experts stylists are fully up to date on current hair trends and specialize in men's and boys' cuts.
A dedicated team of professionals, and a full fleet of services at Aura Salon & Spa makes it easy for New Jerseyans to update their head threads, pamper their mugs, and soothe their bodies. Aura's staffers have worked closely with the internationally trained members of Redken 5th Avenue, who shared tips regarding proper salon procedures and which European accents to use when doling out haircuts. New clients enjoy a complimentary consultation that couples them with a fitting stylist or aesthetician for their service, be it a mani-pedi, a waxing, or a bridal updo, complete with champagne mimosas and the traditional prank phone call to the wedding caterer.
Upon first glance, Eutopia Beauty Studio appears a classic, modern salon, thanks to its earth-toned walls, spacious leather sofa facing a flat-screen TV, and shelves lined with products by Milk_shake, No Inhibitions, Keratin Complex, Malibu, and Brocato. However, the styling area brings a hint of Old World class to the modern space. Cherry-wood cabinets outfitted with clean marble countertops and elegant metal hardware jut from a rustic brick wall. Here, stylists twirl around black, boxy styling chairs as they ribbon hair with highlights and snip off split ends. They treat parched strands to deep moisturizing treatments, and retexturize locks with relaxers, permanent waves, and keratin smoothing systems. Once hair is done, makeup artists take over and gussy up features with false lashes and full makeup applications.