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.
Amid live greenery and plentiful sunlight, Lucia C. Salon's talented stylists prune quick-growing hair into sculpted coifs with the latest cut and color techniques. The crew sinks dry or damaged strands into a helping of reparative conditioning treatments before cutting excess length or straightening curlicues. Their color treatments bless hair with new hues, as quick foil sessions help hair absorb shimmering highlights and patrons practice for school musicals in which they play baked potatoes. In the privacy of a secluded room, the crew wields warm wax to swiftly strip away fuzz from the face and body and infuse skin with a natural-looking glow with the help of airbrush-tanning solutions.
Perfection in one’s art can be extremely difficulty to achieve. But that doesn't stop the stylists at Shear Perfection by Kristen from trying. As clients sit at hair stations inside the cozy boutique studio, they use scissors, dyes, and straighteners to create styles that best suit each of their guests. As a full-service salon, Shear Perfection also readies brides for their big day with full wedding packages that include styling, a continental breakfast, and tips on how to avoid getting rice stuck to your face.
Dr. Serge Moldavsky earned his degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1996; today, he serves the young and old alike with his family-dentistry services. With the help of a full-time hygienist, he tends to extractions, crowns, and implants, and he brightens teeth with one-hour Rembrandt whitening treatments. On top of this, he administers a handful of medical spa services, such as beauty injections and Zerona treatments.
An armory of products by Mitch, Paul Mitchell's selection for men, brings order to scraggly heads, which peer hopefully at The ManCave's poker table and flat-screen television. Gents twirl in padded styling chairs, listening to the shouts of excitement that drift beneath sports memorabilia and a tyrannosaurus rex bust. Neon beer signs cast their colorful warmth across the ebony-hued leather of long couches, and a puck ricochets sharply off the rim of an air-hockey table, allowing patrons to showcase athletic skills far from the suit-ruining fur of shedding mascots.
At Lilly's Nail Spa, the actual mani-pedi experience is just as important as the end product. Nail technicians lavish attention onto hands and feet, filing and buffing fingernails and toenails into perfect crescents. They also dunk feet into a bubbling whirlpool bath to soothe soften skin, and further calm overworked heels with a reflexology massage. And when they finally get to polishing nails, the technicians turn on the creativity, outfitting tips with polka dots and chevron stripes or applying extra-glamorous touches such as faux crystals or strands of celebrity DNA.