Alora Ambiance Spa owner Patricia Rivas has worked as a licensed aesthetician and skincare specialist for nearly a decade. Along the way, she's picked up advanced certifications in treatments such as cellulite-smoothing ionithermie and IPL hair removal, teamed up with Dr. Thomaso Skorupski, and assembled a staff of talented hairstylists, nail artists, and waxing specialists spread throughout two studios. There, staffers dole out specialty services, including eyelash perms and extensions, exfoliating salt-glow treatments, and facials that infuse faces with more oxygen and nutrients than a granola-filled balloon. Beyond stocking the shelves with aesthetic aids from such brands as Paul Mitchell, Matrix, and Pravana, Rivas is also the creator of the Ayurveda by Alora skincare line, which includes soap- and- sulfate-free cleansers, as well as body creams infused with white tea and vitamins C and E.
From its posts inside the Hilton Hotel of Parsippany and the Westminster Hotel of Livingston, Deluxe Spa attempts to live up to its name by offering head-to-toe spa services along with a number of luxurious hotel amenities. Clients can receive customized facials and massages that utilize fruit extracts, marine botanicals, and aromatherapy. After treatments, they can enjoy free rein over the hotel pool, whirlpools, and fitness center. During this extended spa day, guests can leave their day-to-day worries behind, and instead spend the day talking in an English accent and pretending to be 367th in line for the throne.
When Angel Tips opened the doors to its single Long Island store in 1996, it had a simple premise: to offer professional nail, waxing, and beauty services at an affordable price. Although the company has expanded to more than 60 locations across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut since then, their focus on professionalism remains the same. They even require all of their licensed professionals to hone their skills at a specialized training center in Connecticut.
Though Angel Tips expertly performs waxing services and installs eyelash extensions, their specialty lies in nail care. Their technicians perform traditional, gel, and acrylic manicures, as well as specialty pedicures with paraffin and hot stone massages. Cleanliness, like professionalism and affordability, is a top priority; all locations use sanitized tools, disposable files and buffer pads, and pedicure chairs that have fully outgrown their teenage grunge phases.
The specialists at Urelax Oriental Natural Therapy have a simple goal: to turn the spa’s name into reality. Facial massage, foot reflexology, and anti-stress back massage target troubled regions directly, easing tension in ways specific to that area's needs. Alternatively, the whole-body massage aims to treat the complete human form and the baseball cap sitting directly above it. But whether the haven’s therapists release knots with acupressure techniques, or soothe aches with hot stones, they work to balance the body and ensure the flow of “qi”—life energy.
At Bella Capelli Hair Design Salon & Spa, a talented team of hair professionals, nail techs, and aestheticians pampers guests amid purple and yellow walls, surrounded by lush green plants. Stylists revitalize tresses with cuts, coloring, and a variety of straightening treatments. The staff, unlike slacker sculptors, also moves beyond the head by enhancing hands and feet inside a nail room, offering eight types of massage, and administering full-body waxing.
The intricate mirrors at Salon de Beaute' are almost as beautiful as the clients' reflections they showcase. A blend of soft-red and golden-brown hues covers the walls, which are also home to flowers rising up from floating shelves. Curtains and chandeliers seal the elegance of the salon, which renders Brazilian Soft Chocolate keratin treatments, hair extensions, and color treatments, as well as mani-pedis and special-occasion services for weddings.