If humidity has your hair limp and frizzy, there’s no need to trek to area code 212 to be pampered and refreshed. Tucked away in Upper Montclair is 212 Salon & Day Spa located at 212 Bellevue Avenue for all your beauty needs. Read on to learn more about this salon and spa, and insider suggestions.
How It Started
212 Salon & Day Spa is owned and run by the husband-and-wife team of Guy and Donna Losauro. Each had previously run their own salons, but in 2013 they joined forces to launch 212 Salon & Day Spa. The Losauros have stated often that to them, it stands for “2 hearts, 1 soul, 2 live.”
The business practices are based on collaboration, high standards, and top-rate training. The goal is to make clients “look in the mirror and feel good about themselves,” as Donna says on YouTube. The Losauros seek to provide clients with expert service, no matter what treatment they’re getting on a given day.
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Per the website: “The salon has attracted the most talented experts in colorist, stylist, esthetician, massage therapists, nail technicians, and associates, all with many years of experience… [This] spa is a place of wellbeing and wellness to relax your mind, rejuvenate your body and renew your spirit.”
The results have paid off. In 2014, a year after opening, 212 Salon & Day Spa was listed as a top 20 salon of Distinction by Salon Today. Glowing reviews abound on Yelp and Google, and the salon is listed on theknot.com as a 5-star salon for brides and bridal parties. Clearly, the vision that prompted Guy and Donna to launch 212 Salon & Day Spa is one that’s happily embraced by Montclair.
The Salon: Hair, Makeup, + Nails
Walk into 212 Salon & Day Spa, and the first thing you will see is the welcome counter. Hairstylists work on the first floor of this renovated house, so whirring blow dryers and friendly chatter greet each client.
As a full-service salon, 212 Salon & Day Spa provides practically any hair treatment a client could want. Color, cut, and styling for all genders are available from first-rate stylists. Keratin treatments, protein, and moisturizing treatments, extensions, bridal hair, and balayage are a few of the more nuanced offerings.
Client reviews show that everyone has a favorite stylist, but if you’re not sure who to choose, go with Christina Aloise. Friendly and professional, Christina listens to her clients and will bring her expert opinion to your ideas for a new style. Coloring is an area of expertise for Christina as well.
The salon also offers professional makeup, waxing, and nail services. Bridal makeup, makeup lessons, and lash and brow enhancements are all available.
Choose from full-body waxing options, as well as lip/chin/brow threading. Manicure/pedicure treatments can feature plenty of add-ons. Upgrade your pedicure with a milk and honey bath, or a pressure point or hot stone massage. Gel manicures, acrylic nails, and overlays are all available to have your hands looking gorgeous.
Head up the carpeted stairs and the lively sounds of the salon fade away. Upon the second floor, clients enter the spa; a quiet haven for massage and relaxation. If your muscles are tight, choose from Swedish, hot stone, deep tissue, or reflexology massages. Each is offered as 30, 60, or 90-minute sessions (Hot Stone is 60 and 90 only). Make your message even more signature by adding on aromatherapy or a bonus scalp or foot massage.
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Getting a rub-down not your thing? Choose a facial instead. Hydration, anti-aging, microdermabrasion, deep-pore cleanses, and body treatments ensure 212 Salon & Day Spa has what your skin needs. Choose a treatment such as the chakra-healing gemstone treatment or the Vitamin C peel. Or, if you’re not sure what to pick, just ask Irene. She has been doing facials for over 20 years and knows exactly what your skin needs just by taking a look. Drift into a relaxed state and let her custom facials leave you looking brand-new.
Executives, brides, grooms, and the rest of us don’t have to choose one service at 212 Salon & Day Spa. The full range of packages ensures a half-to-whole day experience that will recenter your energy and revitalize your physical self. Each package includes time in the sauna. Clients can choose their pleasure here. No matter what selection, you’re sure to leave feeling brand-new and refreshing.
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