Distinction Salon owners Shawn Durant and Kelly Larkin pride themselves on providing their staff with plentiful educational opportunities to enable them to enhance locks with the best precision cuts and multi-tonal color. A specialist in razor cuts, Durant's own styling touch can toggle between subtle and edgy with a simple flick of his artistic wrist, and his modern, yet classic approach makes him popular among clients who received a bad cut elsewhere. Using products from Aquage and Wella, his styling team adds dimensional color to update dull locks and can smooth frizzy, unruly manes with Brazilian keratin treatments that leave hair as silky as Bing Crosby's pajamas for up to four months.
While waiting to add length and volume with natural-looking hair extensions by Euro-So.Cap and Aqua Hair Extensions or pops of bright color with feathers, clients may sink into the plush couch guarding Distinction Salon's waiting area, where they may also enjoy the light, sweet aroma of fresh cut flowers and vases filled with fragrant shampoo.
The waiting area at Ocean Beauty Salon and Skin Care Clinic oozes with natural sunlight thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows that allow the sun’s rays to bathe a posh, cushioned, white couch and coffee table. But that’s just the entrance; beyond, the salon’s professional staff turns its talents to beautifying nails, hair, and skin on a daily basis. Armed with products from brands including Moroccanoil, licensed stylists tease and clip locks into voluminous styles, dye tresses, and apply hair extensions. When the staff isn't crafting new hairdos or fending off gremlins on barbicide-only diets, they are often found rendering other salon and spa services, such as massages, waxing, and deep-cleansing facials.
Township Laser Center’s specialists blast unwanted hair with pulsed light in speedy sessions that provide an escape from the purgatory of endless waxing, shaving, and tweezing. Cooling systems keep clients and skin comfortable as pulsed light sweeps over skin, softly humming disco tunes to itself. By altering settings on the Palomar pulsed-light system, technicians can refresh time-ravaged skin with photofacials, which tackle sun damage, age spots, rosacea, and visible veins.
Royal Treatment Skin Care & Beauty’s owner, Samantha Kerr, doesn't need curtains or wall partitions to ensure her guests’ privacy. Her one client at a time philosophy calls for each guest to receive the dedicated attention of an aesthetician undistracted by other customers tapping their feet in the lobby or clambering through the air ducts.
This allows Kerr and her team to do what they do best: cleanse, exfoliate, and extract toxins from the skin. The spa’s menu of services includes facials and peels that target specific skin conditions as well as body-smoothing, makeup, eyelash extensions, and waxing treatments. When she's not engaged in one-on-one consultations with her clients, Kerr keeps busy by hosting interactive training workshops in various beauty treatments.
Rejuvenate Your Skin's licensed facial specialist Mindi Birkenholz is like a detective when it comes to skin. The first case she ever cracked was her own. As a teenager, Ms. Birkenholz suffered from cystic acne, and she found no relief from over-the-counter treatments. For six years, she scoured medical journals and ultimately found the right combo of Vitamin A therapies, which cured her condition.
Today, with decades of experience and a graduation from aesthetics school under her belt, Ms. Birkenholz helps others find solutions to their skin issues. She examines a client's issue—whether it be acne, dry skin, or wrinkles—and comes up with the right plan of medical grade skin care, almost always kicking things off with an in-depth consultation. Then, factoring in price range and time, she might recommend chemical peels to remove blemishes, oxygen facials to restore skin, or various anti-aging treatments, such as microdermabrasion. The licensed medical staff can also administer cosmetic injectables, including Botox and fillers.