Under a sparkling chandelier, chain-linked metal curtains swish as stylists move through Estetica Hair Studio’s ultra-modern salon. Amid black and chrome décor, generously padded chairs swathe clients in comfort during hair services ranging from standard men's and women's cuts to full highlights and Japanese or Brazilian keratin treatments. They also specialize in styling services for special occasions, coifing elegant updos for weddings or beehives for bear prom.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health-and-wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
LaVida Massage fields a staff of male and female licensed therapists to make all guests comfortable in a gender-neutral environment. The staff calls upon a wide array of modalities, ranging from hot-stone and couples massage to aromatherapy and prenatal. They also take care of skin with peels and facials. The LaVida Signature facial refreshes visages by cleansing the skin, exfoliating it with a mask, and spraying it with a recovery mist before hydrating with lotions, serums, and condensation from a unicorn's glass of iced tea.
Owner Ronnie Keller has made Bridgewater Commons Mall his second home. Early in the morning, he saunters past storefronts, stopping at the threshold of Splash Salon & Spa, flanked by two tall, obelisk-shaped lanterns that serve to welcome both patrons and fashion-forward moths. Past the reception desk, where water cascades down glass panes, Ronnie settles in for the day, overseeing a team of beautification experts as they perform a slate of pampering services. Funky aluminum mirrors reflect hairstylists' newly forged masterpieces as nail technicians soften skin with sea-salt scrubs and paraffin waxes before camouflaging fingers in a choice of polish. Eight styles of massage revive tired bodies, and facials, waxing, and cosmetic services keep visitors looking radiant and magic mirrors from making meaningless small talk. Posttreatment, clients can peruse a stash of Bumble and bumble., Paul Mitchell, and Moroccanoil products that eagerly await adoption.
Maria De Santis, permanent-makeup specialist and founder of A Face Forever Permanent Cosmetics, seizes every opportunity to further her knowledge in the field of micropigmentation. Though she currently holds 15 advanced industry certifications, she continues to enroll in education programs and study emerging procedures. She imbues lips with rosy color, touches up eyebrows with hair-like brushstrokes, and reconstructs features that have undergone damage from surgery or injury. Because of her extensive knowledge, warm bedside manner, and ability to stay inside the lines of coloring books while blindfolded, local doctors, including Mitchell Chasin, Mark Granick, Suzanne Offen, Andrea Strauss, and Duncan Burnett refer their patients to Maria.
The Salon at Bridgewater's team of stylists range in experience from junior level to master, but they all share the same dedication to haircare. Inside a modern salon, they reshape the hair of male and female clients alike with custom cuts and blowouts. Highlights and lowlights, natural gloss treatments, and single- or double-process color infuse hair with new and vibrant hues. A selection of haircare products on the salon's shelves help clients tend to their dos at home.