The swirling barber's pole out front beckons young men and old, wise Feenys into Cory Mathew's Salon for a haircut and shave. But the services don't stop there. The staff also can color your hair, wax your unwanted strands, and manicure your fingernails.
Sofia Perez has always had a passion for hairstyling and beauty treatments. Her mentor, accomplished hairstylist Gilbert Febles, taught her how to both design hair and push herself beyond perceived limits. After years of experience in running a high-volume beauty salon, Perez created the first Sofi's Color Lounge in Cranford in 1997. Here, she gathered together a team of former coworkers and skilled professionals, and the venture was successful enough to spin off a second location in Summit in 2008.
Today, Perez's adept staff perform their signature color treatments and diverse hair services using hand-picked, innovative products from makers like Goldwell, KMS California, and GK Hair. Both locations have a sleek, modern feel: the Summit site has metallic blue and silver walls, and the Cranford salon also welcomes guests with a metallic color scheme.
Although running a permanent cosmetics business let Andrea Lopez get creative, it left many of her beauty talents untapped. That’s why she opened Joli Visage Clinique, a day spa brimming with a menu of more than 25 skin, hair, and nail services. Clients relax inside the Clinique’s cozy environs amid the renovated home’s Mediterranean décor while their skin soak up customized facials or revamp their hairstyles with cuts, color, or deep-conditioning techniques.
The stylists at Cranford Hair Company rarely come across a curl they can’t straighten or a strand they can’t lengthen. Though their skills are potentially intimidating—the staff includes a Redken-certified colorist and specialists in keratin straightening treatments—they go out of their way to make clients feel at ease. This combination of upscale styling and a relaxed atmosphere has won the salon many fans, as has a service menu that caters to both genders with precision haircuts, multidimensional coloring, and 100% human-hair extensions. The staff balances these scalp-oriented services with beauty treatments that focus on the rest of the body. Waxes remove hair entirely, and precise applications of airbrush makeup help skin glow brighter than a light bulb filled with plutonium.
Unless you go back in time and track yourself down, there's only one of you in the world. That's why professional makeup technician Ele Bien always tailors her makeup applications to the individual's unique complexion, features, and personality. Clients may solicit her services for an upcoming date, or for more auspicious long-awaited events such as a wedding, graduation, or divorce hearing.