Hibiscus Therapeutic Center's professionals regale bodies with salon and spa services tailored to each visitor's specific needs. Dexterous hands melt tension like it's a Lego in the microwave during custom massage sessions, where strategic bodywork can take the form of soothing Swedish strokes, intense deep-tissue techniques, or lymphatic-drainage therapy, along with many other modalities. In private spa rooms, flickering candles cast a soft glow on their surroundings while clients receive lush facials and body wraps, containing calming ingredients such as seaweed and eucalyptus leaf. On the way out the door, customers can peruse a library of scents and skin products designed to easily transport therapeutic vibes to homes and subway cars.
When it comes to makeovers, Kerry Corio is versed in head-to-toe beauty secrets, and she has the resume-packing certifications to prove it. Over the course of her nearly two-decade career, she's trained with systems and substances ranging from Yuko Japanese hair straightening and Iso Hair color to GiGi Skincare products and Christine Valmy cosmetics. Now, with the help of her sister Erica, she brings this expertise to clients of all ages and lifestyles at Uptowne Girl Salon. Located in the bustling heart of Montclair, the salon and spa helps patrons work with stylists to design new haircuts, welcome flattering highlights and color, or relax with a mani-pedi. No matter their chosen service, clients always keep one eye on the salon's lively look; a lime-green accent wall abuts intricately patterned wallpaper over each styling station. They can also refuel at a complimentary snack bar, where clients can sip coffee and lemonade.
Jes A. Gichan has been in the beauty industry for more than 15 years and has worked with high-end hair names such as Aveda and Sebastian International. Now Jes trims and layers tresses into dynamic styles as the owner of JAG Salon. While waiting on their highlights to set, clients can question Jes about her many signature services such as hair-thinning therapy, deep-conditioning treatments, and rigging bike baskets to handlebar mustaches.
The licensed body sculptors at Essential Body Contours help to smooth puckered stretches of cellulite with soothing FDA-approved Endermologie Lipomassage treatments. During each 40-minute treatment, a skilled technician employs the suction and massage capabilities of a mechanical module designed to boost lymphatic flow and circulation and tickle stubborn fat cells into releasing their precious lipids. Though most patients require at least 3–10 treatments for optimal results, local blood and lymph flow may increase up to 400% and skin-firming collagen production may improve up to 100% after a single procedure. As patients relax in the comfort of their specially designed Endermowear bodysuit, the healing strokes of the robo-treatment evoke a feeling similar to a deep therapeutic massage or a warm hug from a vacuum cleaner.
Along with enlivening the head-bristles of women, men, and kids with creative and corrective cuts, the team of stylists at Alicia's Hair Design keep the inside of their own noggins looking chic with continuous educational courses. The salon's junior and senior scissor-wizards remodel ponytails, cowlicks, and frayed cockatoo crests with cuts for women ($60+) and men ($30+) before topping off tufts with optional hair treatment add-ons ($12–$15) such as Keratin Shine and Volume Extend for extra durability and nourishment. Children (ages 1–13) can strut the playground in slow-motion with trims ($15–$45) or fast-motion with buzz cuts ($20–$25). Blow-dry styling ($30+) soothes frazzled fuzz with a flat-iron or hot-roller treatment, and updos ($75+) give prom-bound belles a place to hide emergency hairspray and fire extinguishers for emergency hairspray emergencies.
Keep calm and drink coffee, eat chocolate, or eat a cupcake. These wise words, originally uttered by Aristotle, are colorfully displayed on the vibrant red walls of Salon Crimson, a chic salon boutique helmed by veteran stylists and longtime friends Diana and Krista. After more than a decade in the hair industry, the duo decided to join forces and open a full-service salon together. They, along with a talented staff, help frazzled follicles unwind with keratin treatments and pamper hands and feet so they can make a stunning entrance back into the real world covered with miniature coats of armor made out of gel and shellac polish.
The salon’s decor mixes and matches a variety of styles to create an eye-appealing space filled with zebra-print chairs, blue mosaic walls, and modern, baroque wallpaper in black and gold. Eclectic jewelry pieces sparkle against black shelves, which are lined with beauty products from Phyto and Esuchen.