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.
Whether guests need a bang trim or are longing to soak their feet in a warm bath, Azzura Salon & Day Spa is the place to go. The salon's stylists beautify hair with signature haircuts that begin with a shampoo and soothing scalp massage and include a blowout and style. For a relaxing spa experience, guests can treat themselves to a rejuvenating facial, soothing massage, or one of numerous mani-pedis, including those topped off with Shellac or gel polish.
Serenity Bodyworks massage therapist Susan Rocca-Krisanda does more than knead shoulders. One client claims that the therapist's massages leave her feeling like "melted butter"; another says that she never wants to leave the massage table. Susan helps patrons forget about stress at work or rivalries at the bowling alley with therapies that range from deep-tissue pressure to hot-stone massages that siphon stress from the muscles and joints.
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).