When stylist Darren McHugh met Amy at a salon in the United Kingdom, the two quickly discovered they had a lot in common. They had both spent a year mastering techniques at the TONI&GUY International Academy, had a passion for hairstyling and fashion, and harbored ambitions to start salons of their own. Their kinship continued over the next few years, as the duo dressed models’ hair for prestigious shows at New York Fashion Week and managed a salon in Gloucester. Today, the seasoned stylists have achieved their ownership dreams, bringing their years of rigorous training and high-end experience to a salon of their very own design—Essensuals London.
Nestled amidst the upscale shops of the Cherry Hill Mall, Essensuals London occupies a chic studio space with sleek black styling chairs and a bright collage of fashion photography sweeping across the back wall. That sophisticated aura extends to appointments as well, as highly trained specialists transform hair with stylish cuts, gleaming color, or smoothing keratin treatments. They can also arrange hair into elegant up-dos, ideal for special events such as a formal dance or informal black-tie gala.
A combination of technical prowess and creativity steady the shears and blow through the hairdryers at Bernard's Salon and Spa, a beauty center that aims to have its clients feeling like they just stepped off the cover of Vogue. Not all the staffs' attention is focused on the scalp, however—aestheticians deftly apply cosmetics before nights-on-the-town, perform rejuvenating facials, remove unwanted fuzz with wax, and shape cuticles during mani-pedis. Massage therapists, meanwhile, use swedish and deep tissue techniques to ease tension from the body, making clients appear more relaxed, approachable, and less likely to pop a neck vein.
Carousel Salon may have moved locations since it was established more than 50 years ago, but it still retains its commitment to providing classic beauty treatments in an inviting, unpretentious setting. The salon's stylists are well versed in creating new hairdos through cuts, coloring, and texturizing treatments, and each member of the team specializes in a unique area of expertise, ensuring that virtually any look can be achieved. Beyond styling, the salon also offers waxing treatments, and nail technicians perform indulgent mani-pedis that include soothing paraffin dips.
Partnered with Aveda, Sojourn Salon & Spa soothes skin and rejuvenates bodies with pampering facials and calming massages. Spend up to 120 minutes relaxing amid soft lighting and hues of sea-foam green and copper as the Sojourn facial works to restore balance to topsy-turvy skin via personalized products and tender hands. After freshening face coverings, extinguish body bothers with a full-frame massage, in which a massage maestro conducts a 10-finger ensemble in a magnum opus over your body's reflex points. Pain will be extinguished, the mind and body harmonized, and remaining worries about the impermanence of gravity will dissolve into the ether. The treatment is made complete with a foot-reflexology session.