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“I’ve had a pair of clippers in my hand since I was 16,” says the eponymous Ray, whose passion for snipping locks drove him to found his own barbershop after years of working in others' hair studios. Now, he runs his own team of barbers, each of whom he trains personally. L’Oréal, Joico, and Paul Mitchell furnish the salon's services, allowing stylists to revamp manes of all hair textures and conditions, ranging from silken tresses to the hissing snakes of a gorgon. The staff enjoys challenges, from recreating classic styles to incorporating custom designs. Ray describes the microphone he once carved into a rapper’s hairscape before a photo shoot. “I like a challenge,” he explains. The design was challenging indeed—the mic's cord twined around his client’s head, down a sideburn, and across his face.

550 N Ave
Union,
NJ
US

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.

6 Eastman St
Cranford,
NJ
US

Shira is dedicated to redefining the art of beauty and skin care. We offer an array of indulgent spa and skin care products; utilizing the worlds finest ingredients and skin care technology. It is our mission to bring innovative products to clients and professionals who need the latest advances in natural skin care.

65 S 21st St
Kenilworth,
NJ
US

Dawn Fitch's path to the March 2012 cover of Black Enterprise is paved with all-natural, handmade soap. Strangely, her path to founding Pooka Pure and Simple and becoming a cover girl began with a mysterious illness. Her doctors' confusion led her to investigate the ingredients in nearly every product she touched and to seek out alternative health care, which is how she discovered the therapeutic properties of essential oils.

As part of a self-preserving lifestyle overhaul, Dawn began making her own body products from essential oils, shea and cocoa butters, and fruit powders, ingredients that now comprise her line of cleansers and moisturizers. Nourishing Elbow Grease dispatches dry skin with coconut oil and beeswax instead of threats veiled thinly in petroleum, and shower gels saturate steam with the scent of sugar cookies or bracing basil and citrus. She and three of her "Pookalitas"-a name Dawn's mother gave her as a child that has carried over to her best friends-also craft a line of moisturizing hair tonics that have been lauded in the pages of Essence magazine.

Workshops at the Pooka boutique teach visitors to create beauty products that are free of preservatives, dyes, and harmful chemicals. Dawn also shares her beauty recipes on the company's YouTube channel, and via the Pooka Giveback Program, an annual donation of raffle-ready baskets to four charitable or nonprofit organizations.

15 S Essex Ave
Orange,
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

Trained in cutting and sculpting male and female manes alike, 8 to 8 Barber Shop’s stylists provide modern salon services in an atmosphere that evokes an old-fashioned barbershop. Wielding clippers, razors, scissors, and products by Paul Mitchell, they expertly execute everything from boy's hair lining to ladies' dimensional highlights and perms. Classic hot-towel razor shaves leave gents' mugs feeling soft and refreshed, while an in-house manicurist prettifies fingernails by pulling up to file, shape, and paint tips during the haircut.

In addition to coiffing hair and pampering facades, the team also relaxes tense muscles with five types of massage. Swedish massages gently knead soft tissue with circular, medium-pressure strokes; deep-tissue massages, on the other hand, deliver firm, cross-grain pressures to alleviate even the achiest of knots. Upon request, the team augments any massage with botanical essential oils extracted directly from plants and Swamp Thing’s tear ducts.

Beyond enjoying classic coddling services, clients with 8 to 8 membership cards can use them to score discounts at other local businesses such as V-Jeweled Designs and Glen Weber Drum Shop, as well as admittance to the secret amusement park hidden beneath the shampoo station.

2 Northfield Ave
West Orange,
NJ
US