Despite its industrial-sounding name, there's nothing cookie-cutter about The Hair Factory. Creativity is key for their team of skilled stylists, who can coif hair into updos for special occasions, or revamp looks with edgy, multicolored mohawks. Haircare options, which are available for men, women, or children, top off a menu that also features make-up, tanning, and waxing services, which cater to clients with sensitive skin or commitment-phobic candles.
Board-certified doctor Gisele Castelluber heads up a team of beauty professionals dedicated to fighting signs of aging wherever they crop up. Guests dressed in spa robes can relax during European facials and services that merge spa-level comfort with cutting-edge technology stolen directly from NASA. Dr. Castelluber, an authority on anti-aging techniques, oversees the spa’s hormone treatments, weight-loss planning, and beauty injections.
Each styling chair at Hilights Salon doubles as office space for the hairdressers, who start every session with a detailed consultation to make sure they understand the looks their clients desire. Once they have the right mental images, they clip and highlight hair, permanently straighten it, and craft locks into updos more intricate than a bird's nest made of Rubik's Cubes. The staff also includes a bridal specialist and two makeup artists who prep clients on location for their big day.
There's no fire beneath the bright white mantelpiece at Substance Salon—its ornate carvings and noble busts simply cement a chic ambiance. However, clients can still warm up with sips of gourmet coffee as they wait for their appointed stylists. The salon staff carries the sophistications of the reception area to each of their stations, where they handcraft 'dos based on the tastes of clients. Pureology products help them wash and blow-dry strands into eye-catching arrays, such as the voluminous Bombshell or the Bohemian—breezy waves that wrap around a full-size acoustic guitar.
Master barber Manny oversees the hot-towel shaves and soothing scalp massages on the gentlemen's menu. The salon also has an entire department devoted to brides-to-be—Styling the Bride—whose members travel to clients throughout New York and New Jersey. Their hair and cosmetic expertise, which results in dazzling updos and radiant makeovers, has been featured on The Knot.
Curls are like hair mazes: full of twists and turns and often difficult to navigate. Luckily for the spiral-haired, MLC Salon's stylists have a road map. A sister salon to local barbershop Major League Cuts, MLC specializes in curly manes, with stylists chatting with clients about their hair wants and needs in both Spanish and English. Coifs of all kinds can undergo transformation at the full color bar, and patrons can study their new styles and eyebrow-waggling abilities in full-length, gilt-edged mirrors.
The stylists at Salon Valerie are serious about their craft. To maximize their potential and learn new techniques, they attend regular workshops with educators from Paul Mitchell. These efforts pay off during precision haircuts and color services, which they customize to fit each client's personality and facial structure. For an added boost, they also smooth frizzy hair with keratin treatments and administer signature conditioning treatments, including a lavender-mint conditioner that strengthens strands while easing anxiety and guaranteeing your ponytail has excellent breath.
The beauty specialists at La Bella Hair and Nail Spa keep their attention intently focused on the hair they are arranging into elegant up-dos or the nails they are decorating with glittery gel polish, pausing only to cheerfully greet clients as they enter. The skilled staff dances across the hardwood floor of the sunlit space, draping clients in smocks to prepare for haircuts and color treatments and guiding others to private treatment rooms for body-waxing services. They sit pedicure clients on cushy armchairs before treating their toes to luxurious peppermint, green tea, and silk spa pedicures. The staff specializes in quick and quality eyelash-extension applications, expertly elongating lashes with their own brand of glamorous, natural extensions in less than 30 minutes. They even offer extension-training workshops and demonstrations for those interested in recreating the dazzling look on themselves, a friend, or a jack-o-lantern.