Stem cells and fruit-enzyme peels are two of the ways aesthetician Aline-Carol Casaverde de-ages the skin without the use of Botox injections. Knowing that beauty injections only numb the facial muscles or fill the skin with fluid, she relies instead on techniques that stimulate the skin’s ability to heal itself. She achieves this feat by first sloughing off dead skin cells with peels and microdermabrasion treatments, then encouraging collagen production with stem-cell ampules and lactic acid resurfacing treatments.
The stylists, nail technicians, and aestheticians at Ultimate Visions Hair Salon & Spa have been pampering clients for more than 15 years. They work hard to deliver what they call the “ultimate experience”—that is, doing everything in their power to make customers feel welcome and happy with their services and hopefully exceeding expectations. You can choose from three types of stylist here: assistant stylist, stylist, or master stylist. Each has different levels of experience, style specialties, and nicknames for their scissors.
Renée Rudikh’s pursuit of beauty began in her native country of Ukraine, where she trained with dermatologists and plastic surgeons before moving to the United States to attend the Christine Valmy International School of Cosmetology. She spent 10 years working at such skincare companies as Helena Rubinstein, Mario Badescu, and Georgette Klinger. Now at her own company, Renée Rudikh Advanced Skin Care, she corrects and maintains skin with services that lift, exfoliate, and cleanse. Like a car that can also transform into a boat or a stylish blazer, Renée's treatments adapt to the circumstances: the teens' deep pore-cleansing facial takes emerging hormones into account, and the gentlemen’s facial considers the skin differences that accompany carrying a Y chromosome.
Sahana Spa's India-themed spaces mix modern amenities with the beauty of ancient Eastern wisdom. Handmade Indian artifacts, Sundãri skincare products, and several chocolaty colors welcome clients to the spa. Staff members then lead guests to treatment suites that are equipped with iPod-docking stations, individual temperature controls, and absolutely no bears. This is the perfect setting for them to knead away stress with indulgent bamboo and hot-stone massages or administer a Sahana-Vedic facial. Over in the nail lounge, technicians pretty up nails with various mani-pedis.
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.
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.
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 owner of her own JAG Salon & Spa. While waiting on color highlights to set, clients and question Jes about her many signature services such as hair-thinning therapy, deep-conditioning treatments, and rigging bike baskets to handlebar moustaches.