At Morningstar Healing Center, muted lighting and soft music work in unison to create an oasis from the outside world. In a tranquil and calming atmosphere, the staffers work to relax and beautify the body with a range of services for the corpus and face. They specialize in seven types of massage, including exotic treatments such as Polynesian massage, which combines pressure from the hands, thumbs, and forearms with soothing coconut oil. They also smooth faces with microdermabrasion and facials that harness the power of vitamins and special antioxidants to help reduce wrinkles and obscure fine lines.
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Korean spa's massive 40,000-square-foot facility houses multiple floors, which each feature saunas aimed at providing visitors with relaxation and health benefits. Heated to a pore-opening 200 degrees Celsius from burning oak-tree wood, the dome-shaped hot-steam room—bulhanjeungmok in Korean—features floors made of yellow soil and salt that replicate a 500-year-old therapy designed to treat illness and pain. On the complete opposite side of the temperature spectrum, the ice sauna uses freezer-like frosted walls to cool the air around patrons sitting on log stools or standing on their hands. In between hopping from sauna to sauna, visitors may hang out in one of the lounges, get a haircut, or even grab a warm Korean meal or refreshing dessert.
With whimsical wall decals, pink and white draperies, and treatment beds upholstered in shimmering satin, Stylash looks more like a doll's dream house than a stuffy salon. It's a fitting setting for the shop's aestheticians, who use hypoallergenic glue and an extra-light touch to doll up lash lines with long, individual eyelash extensions that can last up to one month. But the comfy, feminine atmosphere also serves a purpose—the more relaxed clients are, the better their eyelashes adhere. To that end, the staff recommends that clients keep talking and yodeling to a minimum during application and encourages them to bring in personal music players to help quiet their minds.
The licensed aesthetician behind BARE by Kristen specializes in making skin hairless and satin-smooth. She deftly removes unwanted strands with organic chocolate hard wax that’s free of plastic-based fillers, preventing issues such as ingrown hairs. She also enforces a high standard of cleanliness, using a brand-new wax stick each time she touches a client’s skin. Although she can skillfully wax hair from brows, underarms, and other regions of the body, she specializes in Brazilian waxing.
Seafoam green styling stations aren't the only bright aspects of Cira Creation Salon. Since 1991, owners and sisters Cira Lo Bue and Connie Fiduccia have delighted visitors with their vibrant personalities, which grabbed the attention of Fort Lee Patch contributor Robyn Nadel in 2011. As positivity permeates throughout the entire salon, the duo spruces up hairdos with precision cuts, keratin treatments, and coloring services. Their team also includes stylist Nina, who specializes in hair extensions, and nail technician Monica, who softens rough hands with paraffin wax treatments and all-night romantic comedy marathons.
Opulent chandeliers hang from the ceiling, reflecting light off the gilded mirrors that decorate Jolie Toi Salon & Spa. Clients can recline on the leopard-print sofa in the waiting area before having their hair tousled, snipped, and braided into Celtic knots by owner-stylist Charbel Mousallem. With 15 years of styling experience in London, Lebanon, and the United States, Charbel’s haircuts, conditioning treatments, and professional styling have enhanced the heads of celebrities such as Elton John as well as contestants on America’s Next Top Model. Aesthetician Sylwia Gorzkowska rounds out the spa’s beautifying services and brings 10 years of experience to the table, having worked with the renowned Elemis and AmorePacific skincare companies. Her cleansing facials and waxing services have spruced up the faces of celebrities such as Tiki Barber and have found their way onto the printed pages of Vogue and Elle.