At Grasshopper Unisex Full Service Salon, stylists and aestheticians primp and style exteriors within a chic, high-end environment. Armed with products from Goldwell, Nexxus, and other top brands, the staff snips at strands, colors locks, and massages scalps at individual workstations. The salon's décor—which also includes a fireplace and an array of plush pillows—helps to make guests feel like royalty without subjecting them to the pains of being trapped inside a deck of playing cards. For instance, during waxing, massage, and other spa sessions, patrons retire to private treatment rooms lined with fragrant plants and soft, flickering candles.
The floor-to-ceiling windows in Therapeutic Healing Massage Center's treatment rooms allow river and city views to stream in, creating a tranquil environment for holistic bodywork. The licensed therapists are trained in a wide array of massage modalities, including aesthetic techniques that address cellulite and the signs of aging. Their Bioptron light-therapy sessions fight injuries and pain with sunshine-like energy that comes free of UV radiation or spontaneous eclipses.
Inspired by childhood playtimes spent giving manicures to her aunts and sisters, cosmetologist Madeleine Rajkovich opened Madeleine Salon & Spa to finally realize her lifelong passion for beauty. Continuing education is the backbone of Rajkovich's business, and she regularly attends conferences to stay up-to-date on new techniques, products, and uses for leftover cucumbers. The multilingual salon offers everything from haircuts and highlights to mani-pedis, microdermabrasions, and cellulite-reducing massages, as well as highly personalized facials that begin with an in-depth skin analysis and end with a moisturizing mask.
Inside the salon, geometric cherry-red chairs create a modern tableau among sleek metal tables and white walls. Green walls, fluted glass-pendant lamps, and landscape paintings evoke a sojourn in the country on the spa side of the business, where body betterments are overseen by framed certifications and vintage portraits of Audrey Hepburn taken before photofacials finally cured her colorless complexion.
Strawberries, raspberries, chocolate, milk, and honey?all of these ingredients would be great in a sundae, but at Diva Spa, they're meant to nourish your skin. They're also just a few of the revitalizing secrets in the spa's many scrubs and wraps. Others incorporate sea salt for exfoliation, or cr?me-based European rose mud for moisture. The rest of the menu spans massages, facials, and high-tech weight-loss programs, such as treatments that use ultrasound instead of slowly-shrinking t-shirts to target unwanted fat.
You might think that standing up while you tan would cause an unnaturally darkened scalp, but this never happens at Hollywood Tans. That's because their arsenal of signature stand-up tanning booths create an always even, natural-looking glow in as little as seven minutes. With more than 140 locations nationwide, the chain’s salons—each a veritable bronze mine for pale bodies—can also bronze physiques Mystic Tan’s Instant Tan, a sunless formula that does not contain UV-rays or infectious California boy-band harmonies. Voted "Favorite Tanning Salon in North Jersey" by an independent readers' poll in Suburban Trends magazine, Hollywood Tans of Riverdale can also help customers choose the Instant Tan formula best suited to them, matching the bronzing serums to the each person's skin tone, type, and ideal look.