Amici means "friends" in Italian. It's only appropriate, then, that owner Lina Maffei sees her Euro-style salon as a friendly gathering place where clients are greeted with a warm smile and personal attention befitting of a good friend. Lina's been in the industry for nearly three decades, and with the help of her talented staff of stylists and colorists, she's created a space ripe for personal transformation. That could come via a cut or a change of hair color, a dramatic new makeup regimen, or a keratin treatment to straighten locks that refuse to acknowledge gravity. Salon Amici also offers bridal and special-event services, and favors products by Goldwell, Matrix, and DermOrganic.
Cristina Queiroz specializes in gentle hair removal utilizing a sugaring technique in order to give her clients the closest possible wax without lingering irritation. In addition to performing her specialization on the Brazilian region, she provides sugar hair removal for men, as well. She also provides spray tans, chemical peels, and facials.
Therapy Nails & Spa treats its guests to a litany of luxurious spa treatments. Massage therapists promote deep relaxation with reflexology sessions, and aestheticians curb uni-brows with precise eyebrow waxing. Nail specialists, meanwhile, pamper finger and toe tips with expert mani-pedis that might end with a fresh coat of traditional polish, French color gel, or a tiny slice of cucumber applied to each digit.
At The New Makeover Salon, the stylists aim to make clients look and feel their best, whether they come in with a specific hairstyle in mind or are unsure of how a hummingbird got lodged in their ponytail. In addition to cuts, colors, and updos, the hair gurus help clients unwind from a stressful week with complimentary glasses of wine or coffee. Threading and waxing services rid clients of unwanted hair, and men can also journey to the salon for a professional face shave.
According to Tricia Hetherington, founder of The Pretty Kitty, the perfect Brazilian wax requires a specific technique that she's developed herself. That's why she personally trains each one of her aestheticians—no simple task, considering that she operates locations in California, Nevada, Texas, and New Jersey—to remove hair using soft wax formulated for sensitive skin. The process takes fewer than 15 minutes, and frees clients to wear the skimpiest of swimsuits and lingerie.
A chandelier casts a glow over the pink-toned interior of the newly opened Montclair location, where a wall stencil depicts a feline casting a sidelong glance. Within treatment rooms, aestheticians wax men's and women's bodies, leaving behind smooth, clean expanses of skin. Hygiene is of the utmost importance to The Pretty Kitty's specialists, who never double dip waxing sticks, reuse wax, or procure it from Madame Tussaud's castoff sculptures.