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The technicians at New Glamour Day Spa strive to create an ambiance that is conducive to total relaxation. They focus on banishing stress via guests' senses of smell and touch: they enhance soothing Swedish, deep-tissue, and shiatsu massages with fragrant essential oils, and they aromatize facials with botanical extracts such as lemon and rosemary. The thai herbal massage combines the best of both sensory worlds, incorporating long, sweeping ankle-to-hip and hand-to-shoulder strokes with a heated sachet of detoxifying herbs that can double as a sweetly scented doorstop.

The team uses the G.M. Collin skincare line, combating specific issues with nature-based ingredients such as jojoba oil and orange-blossom water. They also offer exfoliating body treatments, permanent makeup, and eyelash extensions.

41 Mountain Blvd
Warren,
NJ
US

Inside A Cut Above Hair Salon, Laura of Lovely Looks by Laura adds finishing touches to her clients' looks with eyelash extensions, waxes, and spray tans. During eyelash-extension appointments, Laura bonds 35 to 40 extensions to individual lashes for a look that lasts up to three weeks. To keep up looks, Laura also offers touchup appointments to fill in any missing extensions after two weeks.

3836 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island,
NY
US

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.

34 North Ave W
Cranford,
NJ
US

Established: 2009

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Handicap Accessible: No

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Parking: Metered street parking

Most popular service: Eyelash extensions

Brands Used: Lavish Lashes, glo, and Pharmco Skincare Labs

Q&A with Jayne, Master Esthechian

When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?

I started my schooling in 2008, and since then, I've earned many certifications in various treatments and skills.

The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?

My studio features a cozy room with a comfy heated bed, spa music, and scented candles.

What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?

I explain in detail all that will be involved and included in their treatments. Their questions will be addressed before we begin.

322 Millburn Avenue
Milburn,
NJ
US

The stylists at Hy Gorgeous know that the eyes have it, so they focus exclusively on emphasizing peepers with eyelash extensions. They add fringe lash-by-lash, creating a look that can be subtly fuller or boldly unmistakable. Because the extensions do not wash off like mascara, lashes continue to look great after sleeping, exercising, or manning a dunk tank.

10 Farley Pl.
Short Hills,
NJ
US

Like their business name implies, the trained and licensed beauticians at A Touch of Elegance create more sophisticated looks with their expert treatments and services. In addition to traditional haircuts and manicures, staffers embellish feminine features with everything from make-up to up-dos and hair extensions. Those with Y chromosomes aren't left out; staffers also pamper men with old-fashioned, four-layer barber shaves. After softening the skin and massaging facial muscles, barbers turn back the clock on five-o'clock shadows with straight razors, keeping faces as fresh and youthful as the day they were baked.

65 Park Avenue
Summit,
NJ
US