With a workspace that spans 13,000 square feet and two stories, Lawrence SpaRex has plenty of room to pamper its clients privately and comfortably. Tucked away from all the nail treatments, haircuts, and massages, the facility’s dry sauna relaxes visitors with infrared panels that warm the body like natural sunlight without the potential damaging effects of UV rays. Layers of seaweed clay coat the walls not only in the sauna but also throughout the facility, providing a healthy alternative to paint and a more practical alternative to silly string.
The aestheticians at Blu Salon are dedicated to pampering and treating besieged skin in an eclectic and soothing environment, free of elitist attitudes and imported cockatoos. Your appointment will start with a skin consultation to determine which of the six facial formulas best suits your pore preferences. Blu's signature facial service, the Blu Essential Facial ($100), is an hour-long face freshener that includes basic cleansing, balancing, exfoliation, European-style massage, and skin-specific hydration. The 60-minute Anti-Aging Facial ($120) replenishes moisture and hydration lost to years of sunny days and skies with scattered clouds. Well-mannered men with unruly razors can soothe sensitive skin and irritation with the Gentleman's Facial ($90, 45 minutes). The blow-dry ($40+) that follows your countenance cleansing is a full-fledged hair helper that includes a shampoo, salon styling, hand exfoliation, and head-and-neck massage.
Owner Anjana Malesha drew on her Indian heritage to name Ayom Day Spa and Salon, combining the first two letters of the country's ancient medical system, Ayurveda, with om, the symbol of peace.
To reflect these values at the full-service, unisex salon, Malesha and her team imbue beauty services with organic ingredients and fresh fruit, and massages deploy Ayurvedic techniques, such as the Shirodhara treatment, which rhythmically applies warm herbal oil to the forehead and scalp for increased brain circulation. Facial-hair threading, another Indian art, shapes brows to ensure overextended threads don't latch onto sunglasses. Aromatherapy wafts throughout the pumpkin-colored chambers, where candlelight flickers over bamboo screens and copper pedicure bowls to illuminate a stone Buddha.
After owning and operating salons and spas in Mercer County for more than 25 years, stylist Robert Cacciabaudo—whose looks have graced the pages of Glamour, Elle, and Philadelphia magazines—envisioned a tranquil beauty oasis where customers could enjoy cutting-edge hair services and relaxing spa services under one roof. His dream became a reality in 2002: On the first floor of a renovated, two-story building outfitted with elegant French-country décor, a hair salon blends classic style with the latest beauty trends and technologies. On the second floor, private treatment rooms host nail services, waxing, massages, Dermalogica facials, and Mac makeup applications.
Catering to adults as well as children, Classy Clippers?a neighborhood fixture for 25 years?welcomes clients with complimentary coffee, tea, and cookies. After settling in and engaging in an in-depth consultation, the skilled stylists treat clients to services ranging from highlights to high-quality extensions to elegant updos.
Though some salons tout themselves as family friendly, Classy Clippers backs up the claim with a special children's area decked out in coloring books and candy. And, in addition to lounging and playing, youngsters can receive a cut and style as the diligently contemplate which look will make the biggest splash at the preschool prom.
La Bella Vita accommodates clients of all ages, which is easy to tell from a quick glance at the waiting are. There, adults sit back with complimentary coffee and tea while kids snack on candy and fill coloring books with elegiac sonnets. As befits the family-friendly salon, the team of stylists take on challenges for men and women of all ages and styles. They can trim kids' bangs, turn teens' unruly curls into purposely unruly curls, or help adults reinvent themselves with custom cuts and artful highlights. The detail-oriented team works with eyebrows, too, shaping and tinting them to bring out the client's best features.