The stylists at Gisela's Beauty Center & Spa create fresh, modern looks with hair and makeup services. Their haircuts, color, and styles reinvent old dos or refine pre-existing styles. The center also staffs makeup artists who help emphasize clients' facial features and create looks that ties faces and coifs together. Clients can stop by for a simple trim or a complete makeover, or to prepare for a big night, such as a prom or a reunion of the class of '89's prom chaperones.
The beauty experts at Salon Elegance call upon a decade of experience to craft new looks, along with a toolkit of makeup, henna paste, and Scruples hair products. In addition to cuts, color services, and keratin treatments, staffers specialize in the ancient art of threading, a natural hair-removal method. They create temporary henna tattoos by mixing a base of lemon juice, sugar, and essential oils, the same ingredients used to make aromatherapeutic lemonade. Red curtains frame the windows behind a comfy black leather couch, and rust-colored walls and assorted potted plants give the space a warm, welcoming vibe.
Cocktail glasses clink as stylists Jennifer Turrin and her husband Antoine work. These Thursday salon happy hours represent the jovial vibe that the couple curates in Antoine’s Salon. The hospitality continues when the stylists accompany their men’s, women’s, and children’s hairstyling services with extras including robes, snacks, beverages, and all the oxygen you can breathe, within reason. The stylists also provide styling tips so that clients can maintain their results at home.
Many twins grow up sharing similar interests: they might listen to the same music, favor the same foods, or blink at exactly the same time. Jamie and Jenn love to cut and style hair. In high school, they trained together under the Paul Mitchell curriculum, and then launched their careers immediately after graduation—testing their skills in the salons of Los Angeles and New York. Today, they still work together as the notoriously lively co-owners of Moxie Blow Dry Bar. Both are certified in La Bella hair and eyelash extensions. Jenn is a Wella-certified colorist, while Jamie is a recognized Motives makeup foundation specialist. Together, they lead a team of experienced stylists and colorists.
Surrounded by cream-colored interiors accented with earth-toned furniture and wood-framed mirrors, stylists trim hair with custom cuts and transform heads into sassy sculptures with Marilyn Monroe–style curlers or Statue of Liberty–style bronze crowns. For many of these services, they use the salon's house brand of moisturizing and conditioning haircare products. And yet Moxie Blow Dry Bar's aestheticians don't limit their services to hair: they also bronze clients' skin with organic airbrush tanning and perform custom makeup applications using Motives products.
Panico Salon & Spa was named the best salon in New Jersey by Beauty Entertainment magazine, but the award-winning team's services go well beyond hairstyling. Massage services include Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone modalities, and other treatments include fruit-scented body scrubs and a wide range of healing facials and skincare. The salon prides itself in being an education based teaching salon. It provides continuous education to its staff via a variety of resources such as an intern training academy as well as an educator development program.
No one can doubt the professionalism of the stylists at Lisa Thomas Salon. Many have trained with prominent companies such as 5th Avenue and Redken, and the products they use during their hair-color and straightening services bear equally recognizable brand names—Matrix, Crew, and, again, Redken. But the stylists still know how to have fun. The atmosphere at the salon is so free and lively that it's become a place where people throw children's birthday parties. During these hair-and-makeup bashes, the staffers treat the girls like royalty, right down to providing a crown for the birthday girl to wear and resisting the girls' efforts to impose a tea tax on Americans.