Led by stylist Sherif, the staff of World Beauty Center combines technical know-how with taste and creativity to craft flattering, stylish cuts. Sherif and his team stay abreast of seasonal trends to create up-to-the-moment color treatments and looks modeled after whatever new 'do the local weatherman just adopted. In addition to hair services, World Beauty Center also performs mani-pedis and makeup sessions.
Styles may come and go, but not much has changed in the 25 years since a group of co-owners founded Chrysalis Salon. They continue to work alongside a team of skilled stylists who create bold new looks with advanced techniques and professional products from Redken. Unruly curls are no match for their Keratin Complex and Japanese hair-straightening treatments, which mend and condition strands even as they smooth out kinks.
The salon, which resembles a vintage residence, is about more than just hair. Massage therapists release tension and stress with shiatsu and reflexology techniques, and aestheticians brighten complexions with customized facials and microdermabrasion treatments. The team even offers their own line of cosmetics, which can help convince everyone at your high-school reunion that you’ve been living in a hyperbaric tube since graduation.
Describing itself as an "ultra-relaxing urban escape," Skin Station radiates tranquility from its outdoor patio garden to its private treatment rooms stocked with the latest aesthetic technology. Aestheticians specialize in customized, clinical facials that harness the hydrating, age-reversing powers of firming radio frequencies, vitamin C and collagen-rich serums, or age-spot clearing IPL. Hot-stone massages and scrubs enriched with brown sugar and Dead Sea–mud help leave bodies feeling soft and stress-free, while unwanted hair can be swiftly evicted with light technology, sugaring, strongly worded letters, or traditional wax treatments.
Dr. George C. Peck, Jr.?s career as a plastic surgeon has taken him all around the world, enhancing facial features and lecturing on the ins-and-outs of various cosmetic and reconstructive treatments. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, he has performed thousands of procedures, which continues to provide at Essex Surgical in West Orange. Dr. Peck is joined by a team of registered nurses and surgical technicians, as well as a skincare specialist, permanent makeup artist, and a roadie in charge of stethoscope tuning.
Each styling chair at Hilights Salon doubles as office space for the hairdressers, who start every session with a detailed consultation to make sure they understand the looks their clients desire. Once they have the right mental images, they clip and highlight hair, permanently straighten it, and craft locks into updos more intricate than a bird's nest made of Rubik's Cubes. The staff also includes a bridal specialist and two makeup artists who prep clients on location for their big day.
Natalya—a certified permanent-makeup artist and a board-certified cosmetologist—draws on 15 years of experience as she embellishes the faces that find their way into her Permanent Makeup Zone. While working in New York and Europe, she honed her micropigmentation skills, which she uses to subtly accentuate lips, eyes, and brows. Under her adept hands, lips receive soft outlines and sparse brows regain their boldness, which she creates with her soft hair-stroke technique and cauldron full of natural hues.
In addition to elective adornments, Natalya also obscures scars and beautifies clients who suffer from makeup or Crayola allergies. She also primps men by applying small dots of color around their lash lines, which makes glances more seductive without hampering their ability to blink in code. While she works, she uses sterile and disposable supplies—as well as and topical anesthetics—all with the approval of the local health department. She also performs an allergy test on each of her clients 24 hours before she indelibly dolls them up, to avoid adverse reactions.