The trickling waters of the Delaware River—located just outside the door of Belvidere Day Spa—give way to waves of relaxation as stylists and aestheticians pamper bodies with beauty, skincare, and massage services. Shears sing out in staccato clips as stylists inspire despondent scalps with fashionable cuts, ammonia-free organic color, and papier-mâché crowns of self-help essays. Facials tackle acne and signs of aging with Éminence and Puramed products, and strips of wax form frizzless runways on legs, arms, faces, and torsos. On the other side of the spa, nail technicians polish natural and acrylic nails, and licensed massage therapists extract stress from muscles.
Salon Bronze bestows customers with a sun-kissed glow in light-letting tanning beds and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths. The salon?s staff meticulously cleans and inspects their traditional and standup UV tanning booths' lights, changing bulbs regularly to ensure that each tan achieves the rich, bronze hue of a deep-fried Golden Gate Bridge. The standup VersaSpa spray-tanning booth imbues skin with a coppery glow in minutes. After selecting up to three solutions?a pretan pH balancer, a customized bronzer, and a postsun hydrator?clients step into the booth and succumb to a soothing mist spritzed directly onto the skin.
A Touch of Heaven Salon Massage & Day Spa stocks a large inventory of well-respected pampering products. Nail technicians employ OPI and Gelish polish, and hairstylists primp tresses with smart Solutions, Redken, Sexy Hair, and KMS products. An assemblage of massage therapists and aestheticians performs indulgent work at the spa too, allying to relax and beautify their clients. They execute 10 varieties of massage, from the gentle, simple Swedish to the choreographed complexity of the four-handed massage—performed by two therapists or one octopus also juggling four tennis balls. They combine treatments of the body's inner tissues with herbal or peppermint-scented wraps to rejuvenate the outer layer.
Outside of the private rooms lies the salon proper, where stylists carefully ply their craft on the hair and nails of their patrons. They imbue locks with new color, wax away unwanted hair, and even provide spray tans to maintain a summery glow throughout winter's tenure.
Mixtura Hair Studio, a full-service salon, specializes in stylish looks for every texture of hair, regardless of past tress-misdemeanors. In addition to the haircuts and coloring options on offer, this cozy, busy salon packs a modish punch with its hair extension, nail care, and make-up application services. Have an expert stylist's nimble fingers scissor locks into chicness with a haircut ($18+) or allow painted highlights ($65+) to illuminate follicles until they gleam like the gossamer strands on a sun-kissed toddler-angel's head. Salon-goers can tame misbehaving cuticles with a manicure ($7), kick home dye jobs to the curb with a color correction ($65), or emulate a favorite pop star's Grammy eyes with the dramatic makeup application ($10–$35).
At Salon E, owner Eleni Kotretsos shapes new 'dos with Wella products and trendy techniques learned in frequent classes at the Wella studio in New York City. At her home salon, Eleni colors, trims, and conditions tresses while clients dip taste buds or frostbitten toes in mugs of coffee. Hardwood walls and ceilings surround guests waiting on a couch or zebra-print chair in the waiting room, which is ringed with shelves of MoroccanOil and milk_shake products. In the styling area, a chandelier augments the natural light streaming through two large windows, and an antique dress mannequin draws admiration from passersby and secretly performs janitorial duties after hours.
The stylists at FaceFrame Studio Hair and Make-Up Design are passionate about the beauty industry, as evidenced by their extra-long menu of salon services. They provide a full slate of hair treatments, including face-framing foil highlights, permanent waves, corrective color, and cuts tailored to curly-haired clients. They partner haircare services with makeup applications, airbrush tanning, and waxing, transforming their clients into masterpieces that rival Mona Lisa on the day she spent swimming in Monet's water lilies.