An armory of products by Mitch, Paul Mitchell's selection for men, brings order to scraggly heads, which peer hopefully at The ManCave's poker table and flat-screen television. Gents twirl in padded styling chairs, listening to the shouts of excitement that drift beneath sports memorabilia and a tyrannosaurus rex bust. Neon beer signs cast their colorful warmth across the ebony-hued leather of long couches, and a puck ricochets sharply off the rim of an air-hockey table, allowing patrons to showcase athletic skills far from the suit-ruining fur of shedding mascots.
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.
The thread technicians at Men of Mendham Barbershop whisk away wild hairs from the heads of both men and boys with deft cuts and shaves. Sleek black-leather chairs welcome youngsters for the boys' cut, which lops mop tops to reveal a youngster's mischievous eyes or unsanctioned temporary tattoos. Or tend to mature locks with the men’s cut, which yields a careful sculpting accompanied by a full facial shave to control wily whiskers.
Beauty Couture's facials are designed not just to treat the skin, but also the mind; the treatments integrate results-oriented skincare with deep relaxation techniques. Each session begins with a skin consultation, which allows the aesthetician to customize each service with acne remedies, collagen infusions, or whatever a particular guest might need. Specialty services include an organic renewal facial and a deep-cleansing treatment, as well as facials for men and teens. Add-ons allow for further customization, such as microdermabrasion or eye, lip, and hand treatments. The team uses Shiseido products, which, with more than 130 years in business, is one of the beauty industry's oldest and most trusted brands.
The menu also includes a succinct selection of body treatments, such as seaweed body wraps, body-slimming radio-frequency, and Swedish and deep-tissue massage. Furthermore, waxing and back treatments help keep bodies smoother than The Fonz after his usual bath of grease and pomade.
Sandy Silberman is an expert at keeping up appearances. That’s because she’s been doing makeup for more than 30 years, 25 of which she’s spent at her own store Let’s Make Up. Here, she and her staff rely on makeup that’s hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, and cruelty free to enhance the features of everyday women looking to update or maintain their style. The cosmetic team pores over colors in search of the perfect matches for each clients’ skin tone before dusting cheekbones with blush or covering up alien birthmarks with foundation. The staff also shares their expertise during makeup lessons and monthly workshops that help teach clients how to maintain their new look at home.
“I’ve had a pair of clippers in my hand since I was 16,” says the eponymous Ray, whose passion for snipping locks drove him to found his own barbershop after years of working in others' hair studios. Now, he runs his own team of barbers, each of whom he trains personally. L’Oréal, Joico, and Paul Mitchell furnish the salon's services, allowing stylists to revamp manes of all hair textures and conditions, ranging from silken tresses to the hissing snakes of a gorgon. The staff enjoys challenges, from recreating classic styles to incorporating custom designs. Ray describes the microphone he once carved into a rapper’s hairscape before a photo shoot. “I like a challenge,” he explains. The design was challenging indeed—the mic's cord twined around his client’s head, down a sideburn, and across his face.