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.
The popularity of Viva Glam Salon's beauty treatments among brides led to it earning a spot on the Knot's 2012 Best of Weddings list. Regular clients can benefit from the stylists' experience and attention to detail during ammonia-free color treatments and formaldehyde-free Brazilian blowouts. Styling services can replicate glamorous looks from different eras: stylists perform traditional updos, vintage finger waves, and modern braids and fishtails. In the makeup chair, stylists perfect complexions with traditional and airbrush applications, ensuring clients look their best before a driver's license photo or cheekbone-modeling session.
Salon 1100’s fire-engine-red wall signals to customers that its stylists aren’t afraid of making bold statements. But whether clipping innovative or classic cuts, they make sure to stay in line with each client's vision and comfort level. The stylists also add length with extensions, brush on all-over color or highlights, and straighten unmanageable locks with Brazilian blowouts. All the while, they incorporate Scruples and Arrojo products, which clients can purchase to recreate looks at home or while stuck at a four-way stop sign.
On the Side Day Spa pampers its clients with natural products and holistic spa and nail services in a peaceful, serene environment. Masterful muscle-workers revive worn-out bodies during a one-hour mojito hot-towel massage. The experienced, licensed therapists gently stretch overtaxed muscles and joints to relieve pain in trouble spots before mummifying clients in minty-lime-scented towels. Tired, achy lower limbs can opt for a rejuvenating foot treatment and pedicure. A trained nail tech sloughs off dry skin with a brown-sugar-coconut scrub, slathers on a pineapple-papaya mask, and finishes with a coconut-pineapple massage. After a hot-towel wrap, lazy legs will be energized and ready to take on another day of work carrying their owner. Polished piggies can step out confidently in flip-flops to show off bright coats of chartreuse tangerine or vermillion pink.