Inside Salon M&D’s open and airy space, professionals beautify clients with a range of hair, nail, and skin services. Stylists rejuvenate ’dos with cuts, coloring, keratin sessions, and diamond hair treatments, which enliven dull, lifeless locks by replacing them with sparkling rubies. Elsewhere, nail techs spruce up fingers and toes with mani-pedis, and massage therapists knead tense muscles in appointments ranging from 30 to 90 minutes. Aestheticians wax unwanted hair from bodies and apply cleansing facials and skin-brightening peels.
With two locations, a dedicated team of professionals, and a full fleet of services, Aura Salon and 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.
High End Barbershop & Salon opened as a modest 390-square-foot shop in 2003 and has since expanded to nearly three times the size. Hoping to expand their expertise and attention to detail as well, owner Richie Garcia and his scissor-wielding staff sculpt new 'dos for men, women, and children. Highlights, extensions, and keratin treatments beautify women's hairstyles and hot-towel shaves prevent overgrown beards from violating city-zoning regulations.
Classic preparations of Italian culinary comforts have been the mission at the family-run Provesi Ristoranté for 20 years, during which the kitchen staff has mastered cooking styles from all regions of Italy. Both its veal scallopini and chicken breast, for example, can be ordered in eight or nine different styles respectively, including parmiagiana, francese, and milanese. Elsewhere in the kitchen, margherita, white, and quattro-stagioni pizzas are prepped in a brick oven, and shellfish and linguini are tossed in the zuppa di pesce’s fra diavolo sauce. As the amply portioned dishes arrive at tables, the wait staff uncork bottles of wine that diners bring from home. White umbrellas shield guests dining outdoors, while exposed bricks, hanging plants, and arched windows add a rustic touch to the first-floor dining room. A wood-paneled wall reveals an opening into the kitchen, and a stairway leads to the downstairs room, where stonewalls and brick beams surround the long tables that facilitate private dining events.
For Epitome Style Lounge’s owner Raena, helping people look beautiful requires more than just a keen eye and skilled hands. She makes a commitment to stay up to date on beauty education, and has attended trainings on topics including precision wet/dry cutting, color correction, and certified color classes for such brands as Matrix, Wella, and Redken. She uses this training to craft new hairstyles at the snip of her scissors and to helm a talented and trained staff who join her in her efforts. Together, they straighten hair with keratin treatments and enhance features with makeup application. The beauty professionals also sculpt gravity-bullying updos for bridal parties and remove unwanted hair with waxing services.
Deena went into the spray-tan business after seeing the effects of too much suntanning on her sister. She wanted to offer a convenient and safe alternative, and so she created her mobile spray-tanning service. Today, she spritzes clients with an allergen-, gluten-, and organic tanning solution that can last up to seven days.