Karma Organic Spa is worth a visit for the scents alone. The interior smells of fresh lavender, mint, and geraniums, thanks to the spectrum of organic beauty products the team uses for their facials and mani-pedis. Patrons drawn in by the woodland scents often stay for pampering treatments.
One popular service? The Karma Milk and Honey mani-pedi, which starts with a warm milk bath followed by a housemade sugar scrub and a skin-softening honey mask. The final step, as in all the spa's mani-pedis, is a coat of soy-based polish from spa owner Nausil Zaheer's own line. His creations, which range from neutral to neon, eschew what Zaheer dubs the "big three" toxins, rendering them safe for pregnant women, many clients with allergies, and stylish trees.
The multitalented staff at Sweet & Sassy allow girls to walk in the slippers of their favorite fairytale princesses with an array of salon and spa services. Youngsters get gussied up for special occasions, such as tea parties with stuffed animals and UN delegates, with spa packages that include colorful manicures, soothing facials, and expert makeup applications. Sweet & Sassy’s birthday celebrations treat girls aged 4–13 to themed outings such as a Pop Star party, during which the birthday girl and her friends get dolled up to film a music video, which they can take home on a DVD.
The certified stylists at Lashful frame eyes with mink lashes to achieve looks ranging from elegant to seductive. Their uncanny attention to detail comes in handy during extension applications, when they meticulously attach each artificial lash to a real one to achieve the most natural look possible. Sensitive eyes need not wince in fear, as the adhesive material with which they apply lashes is specially formulated to not perturb the eye with harsh irritants or teasing optical illusions. The stylists also dip natural lashes in a semipermanent tint that—much like the extensions—gives eyes the glamorous look of freshly applied mascara.
Many twins grow up sharing similar interests: they might listen to the same music, favor the same foods, or blink at exactly the same time. Jamie and Jenn love to cut and style hair. In high school, they trained together under the Paul Mitchell curriculum, and then launched their careers immediately after graduation?testing their skills in the salons of Los Angeles and New York. Today, they still work together as the notoriously lively co-owners of Moxie Salon and Spa. Both are certified in La Bella hair and eyelash extensions. Jenn is a Wella-certified colorist, while Jamie is a recognized Motives makeup foundation specialist. Together, they lead a team of experienced stylists and colorists.
Surrounded by cream-colored interiors accented with earth-toned furniture and wood-framed mirrors, stylists trim hair with custom cuts and transform heads into sassy sculptures with Marylin Monroe?style curlers or Statue of Liberty?style bronze crowns. For many of these services, they use the salon's house brand of moisturizing and conditioning haircare products. And yet Moxie Salon and Spa's aestheticians don't limit their services to hair: they also bronze clients' skin with organic airbrush tanning and perform custom makeup applications using Motives products.
Panico Salon & Spa was named the best salon in New Jersey by Beauty Entertainment magazine, but the award-winning team's services go well beyond hairstyling. Massage services include Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone modalities, and other treatments include fruit-scented body scrubs and a wide range of healing facials and skincare. The salon prides itself in being an education based teaching salon. It provides continuous education to its staff via a variety of resources such as an intern training academy as well as an educator development program.
Inside this full-service spa, hair, skin, and nails are fawned over with equal amounts of attention and care. Cuts, coloring, and perms deftly rectify tangled and overgrown hairdos, whereas facials coax glowing tones from the skin with assistance from the Biodroga skincare line. To accentuate stylish new 'dos and dewy cheeks, technicians affix lash extensions to clients’ eyes and set bodies to full bathing-suit mode with Chocolate Sun organic airbrush tanning—who have been featured on The Today Show. Spirits are also rallied thanks to a roster of Swedish, deep-tissue, and foot massages, which put mind and body back into balance by prying stress and tension from muscles and lodged quarters from ears.