Hairdressing runs in his blood. As a third-generation stylist, Jeff—the owner and director of Gemmette Hair Studios—not only loved hair from a young age but acted on his passion and began working in the industry at the age of 15. He then went on to attend the Vidal Sassoon school in London before garnering enough skills to become a color specialist and educator for Paul Mitchell. Now Jeff shares his endless love for hair not only with his clients but with his team of stylists at both Gemmette Hair Studio locations. Under Jeff's tutelage, each stylist much complete the salon's training program before working their way through the ranks of junior, senior, and designer stylist. And, even after all that training, the group still shows offs their hunger to learn by mastering the latest hair trends and techniques through continuing-education courses.
Along with precision cuts for adults and kids, Japanese hair-straightening treatments, and corrective coloring, Gemmette's crew is skilled in eyelash extensions and makeup applications. Hair can also be restored with the salon's reviving blow-dry treatments, which help brighten locks, protect against breakage with argan- and olive-oil-infused products, and boost volume.
Though the focus in each Gemmette Hair Studio is the client, the owner did not skimp on decor. Both locations offer elegance—one with baroque decor and the other inspired by zen—as well as fully stocked color bars boasting every shade of the rainbow, including pot of gold.
Bath Junkie’s Westfield branch welcomes crafty visitors who aim to create their own customized bath products without welding together bathtubs or sewing shower curtains into tuxedo capes. Amid a vibrant and colorful atmosphere, the helpful staff assists customers in selecting non-tinted and unscented products such as salt scrubs, bath crystals, lotions, body washes, shampoos, conditioners, oils, perfumes, and magical elf ointments that instill tree-talking abilities. Next, around 200 scents are available to be fused into each product before a final tint application transforms skin-soothing concoctions into aesthetically striking bathroom accessories. Surprise your mom with a hydrating body mist ($13.50, 4 oz.) that matches her bedroom décor or pick up any bottled product such as a conditioner, body wash, or bubble bath. Add pizzazz to bath time with bubbling bath crystals ($25.00) and an exfoliating salt scrub ($35). The fun, hands-on process provides all the childlike excitement of spontaneous soda-fountain chemistry while avoiding sugar-induced headaches and upset stomachs. Every product is suitable for sensitive skin and almost all are paraben- and SLS-free.
Salon owner Nubia Suarez relies on 35 years of professional salon experience as she oversees the beautifying treatments Utopia Salon and Day Spa administers. Her staff members, who each specialize in the individual realms of hair, nails, waxing, and massage treatments, work to soothe and groom their patrons' exteriors using a combination of Dermalogica skincare products and pampering add-ons. Utopia Salon and Day Spa sports an antique-chic interior, ensconcing visitors in a waiting area with hardwood floors, overstuffed armchairs, and an oriental rug. Like Fabio's speech patterns, the expansive space is unified by wooden accents and soft hues.
If the large capital letters spelling out the word “SPA” on Pure Nature Day Spa's front desk don't convince guests of its tranquil environs, the rose-colored walls, poised greenery, and shelf displays of professional skincare products will make it abundantly clear. If clients still need convincing, the attentive and focused convoy of deep cleanses, detoxifying steams, organic moisturizers, and cold masks will demonstrate that this is a place where blemishes go to retire and healthy skin comes back for a victorious fourth sequel. The spa's buffet of facials, microdermabrasions, and photo-rejuvenation treatments merge their advanced technology with the nourishment of G.M. Collin products in order to cater to all types of skin. Standing by to dole out further pampering are massage therapists—who offer Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone treatments—body waxing technicians, and therapists, who revive sapped skin with herbal wraps and polishes.
At Elegant Image Salon, styling veteran Claudia Cruz and her staff sculpt hair for men, women, and children with a variety of haircare services. In addition to standard haircuts, they perform keratin treatments to make hair smoother and add hair extensions to add volume and offer clients a shortcut into the world of '80s hard-rock superstardom. Cruz sees that her staff stays apprised of the latest industry trends and techniques to maintain a standard of quality cuts.
At Gold Medal Fitness, positive energy does as much work as anyone's muscles to propel group classes. These courses cover the grounded poses of Power Yoga, the barbell lifts of BodyPump, and the festive spins of Zumba with more than 50 sessions per week. Cyclists can even choose between 45-minute spin classes and the more vigorous rides of super spin, which increase the challenge by adding an extra 15 minutes and asking your parents to stop putting a stabilizing hand on your back. Regardless of the discipline, however, instructors motivate their students by carefully balancing the room's camaraderie with a honed focus on every individual.
This personal approach typifies the gym as a whole, where the staff strive to memorize each member's name as they arrange workouts for all fitness levels. A nationally accredited team of personal trainers draws on specialties from boxing to Pilates to back rehabilitation, pushing their clients toward coveted milestones. On the gym floor, an assortment of machinery and free weights, as well as a designated stretching area, bespeaks the same regard for diverse goals—visitors can complete a round of resistance work on the FreeMotion circuit equipment, toss a medicine ball to a partner, or step onto a StairMaster. Other amenities include a childcare station, athletic speed school, HydroMassage, and a juice bar.