With two locations, a dedicated team of professionals, and a full fleet of services, Aura Salon and Spa makes it easy for New Jerseyans to update their head threads, pamper their mugs, and soothe their bodies. Aura's staffers have worked closely with the internationally trained members of Redken 5th Avenue, who shared tips regarding proper salon procedures and which European accents to use when doling out haircuts. New clients enjoy a complimentary consultation that couples them with a fitting stylist or aesthetician for their service, be it a mani-pedi, a waxing, or a bridal updo, complete with champagne mimosas and the traditional prank phone call to the wedding caterer.
High End Barbershop & Salon opened as a modest 390-square-foot shop in 2003 and has since expanded to nearly three times the size. Hoping to expand their expertise and attention to detail as well, owner Richie Garcia and his scissor-wielding staff sculpt new 'dos for men, women, and children. Highlights, extensions, and keratin treatments beautify women's hairstyles and hot-towel shaves prevent overgrown beards from violating city-zoning regulations.
Classic preparations of Italian culinary comforts have been the mission at the family-run Provesi Ristoranté for 20 years, during which the kitchen staff has mastered cooking styles from all regions of Italy. Both its veal scallopini and chicken breast, for example, can be ordered in eight or nine different styles respectively, including parmiagiana, francese, and milanese. Elsewhere in the kitchen, margherita, white, and quattro-stagioni pizzas are prepped in a brick oven, and shellfish and linguini are tossed in the zuppa di pesce’s fra diavolo sauce. As the amply portioned dishes arrive at tables, the wait staff uncork bottles of wine that diners bring from home. White umbrellas shield guests dining outdoors, while exposed bricks, hanging plants, and arched windows add a rustic touch to the first-floor dining room. A wood-paneled wall reveals an opening into the kitchen, and a stairway leads to the downstairs room, where stonewalls and brick beams surround the long tables that facilitate private dining events.
For Epitome Style Lounge’s owner Raena, helping people look beautiful requires more than just a keen eye and skilled hands. She makes a commitment to stay up to date on beauty education, and has attended trainings on topics including precision wet/dry cutting, color correction, and certified color classes for such brands as Matrix, Wella, and Redken. She uses this training to craft new hairstyles at the snip of her scissors and to helm a talented and trained staff who join her in her efforts. Together, they straighten hair with keratin treatments and enhance features with makeup application. The beauty professionals also sculpt gravity-bullying updos for bridal parties and remove unwanted hair with waxing services.
Upon entering Facelogic, guests encounter the curved lines and futuristic hues of the lobby area, where friendly staffers escort them away from the stressful outside world and help them settle in with a menu of luxurious services. Aestheticians skillfully daub men, women, teens, and beauty-conscious marble busts with signature facials and elite products culled from brands such as Facelogic, Peter Thomas Roth, Dr. Dennis Gross, and glo therapeutics. For full-body care, Facelogic's licensed massage therapists lavish statures with custom massages that help to improve circulation and melt tension in muscles. Guests can also groom their façades with South Seas airbrush spray tanning, waxing, and makeup application with glo mineral products.
The beauty experts at Bella Rouge Studio do it all, from film and editorial shoots to informative makeup lessons. Bridal parties, bachelorettes, and girls enjoying a night out all gather at the perfume bar to create sweet-smelling personal scents or sip wine and share laughs during glamorous makeovers. Meanwhile, stylists work their magic on tresses to create stunning formal hairdos, such as a luxurious cascade of glossy, ironed curls, or a superfluous bridal veil made entirely of hair. After guests accentuate their natural beauty with facials and cosmetics, an on-site photographer can even be enlisted to capture milestone images of brides before they walk down the aisle or prom-goers before they take their first dance