The thread technicians at Men of Mendham Barbershop whisk away wild hairs from the heads of both men and boys with deft cuts and shaves. Sleek black-leather chairs welcome youngsters for the boys' cut, which lops mop tops to reveal a youngster's mischievous eyes or unsanctioned temporary tattoos. Or tend to mature locks with the men’s cut, which yields a careful sculpting accompanied by a full facial shave to control wily whiskers.
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.
Signature Service: Spa, Skin Care, Body Care, Nail Care
Brands Used: Yon-ka, Peter Thomas Roth, and FarmHouse Fresh
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Minimum Age Requirement: 10
Pro Tip: Facials by Francine is a very personalized, one-on-one spa. She only services one client at a time.
Do you use any products or brands you're particularly proud of? What makes them uniquely effective?
Yes, Yon-Ka Paris because the company concentrates on research and development rather than marketing. They only use high-quality herbal and plant extracts. They are paraben-free and very gentle on the skin.
What's the most common beauty mistake you see people make? What would you recommend they do instead?
Using soap on their skin and using a harsh scrub. They should consult a professional aesthetician like myself first before using any kind of skincare program.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
The clients will instantly feel relaxed as they enter the spa [with its] array of aromas and calming decor.
Beauty Couture's facials are designed not just to treat the skin, but also the mind; the treatments integrate results-oriented skincare with deep relaxation techniques. Each session begins with a skin consultation, which allows the aesthetician to customize each service with acne remedies, collagen infusions, or whatever a particular guest might need. Specialty services include an organic renewal facial and a deep-cleansing treatment, as well as facials for men and teens. Add-ons allow for further customization, such as microdermabrasion or eye, lip, and hand treatments. The team uses Shiseido products, which, with more than 130 years in business, is one of the beauty industry's oldest and most trusted brands.
The menu also includes a succinct selection of body treatments, such as seaweed body wraps, body-slimming radio-frequency, and Swedish and deep-tissue massage. Furthermore, waxing and back treatments help keep bodies smoother than The Fonz after his usual bath of grease and pomade.
Sandy Silberman is an expert at keeping up appearances. That’s because she’s been doing makeup for more than 30 years, 25 of which she’s spent at her own store Let’s Make Up. Here, she and her staff rely on makeup that’s hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, and cruelty free to enhance the features of everyday women looking to update or maintain their style. The cosmetic team pores over colors in search of the perfect matches for each clients’ skin tone before dusting cheekbones with blush or covering up alien birthmarks with foundation. The staff also shares their expertise during makeup lessons and monthly workshops that help teach clients how to maintain their new look at home.
The skilled stylists at Fantastic Sams Lincoln Park turn their deftly handled shears not only to the hair atop patrons' heads, but also to unruly facial hair, performing beard and mustache trims. Other services include facial waxing, color and texture treatments, and updos for formal events.