In almost 30 malls sprinkled across four states, Beauty Plus Salon beckons prospective makeover recipients with a fleet of skilled stylists and a colossal selection of professional beauty products. "The beauty industry never slows down," staffers say on Facebook, so "neither do we." That's why mall-goers find Beauty Salon open seven days a week. Between the retail shelves that average 500 nail polish colors, clients get gussied with services that pamper hair, skin, and nails.
Professional Barber Shop’s flagship storefront has stood in downtown Hartford ever since 1927, remaining as a testament to a time when hot-lather shaves and shoe shines were routine. Now with three Connecticut locations, Professional Barber Shop stays true to that era by offering an array of gentlemen’s grooming services and pamphlets touting the benefits of measles vaccines.
While sipping a cold drink or hot coffee, guests enjoy haircare treatments that toe the line between practicality and indulgence. Basic trims leave hairdos and beards looking well coiffed. Straight razors swipe through hot lather and shear away stubble before a cooling dollop of aftershave lotion. Gentlemen’s facials in a 1920s style can indulge cheekbones with 3 Lucky Tigers massage creams and as many as 10 steaming towels. Once finished, guests can return home sporting a pair of freshly shined shoes and a timelessly dapper look.
The stylists at Hair Works Family Hair Care have seen it all. That comes with the territory when you work at a salon that caters to every member of the family—men, women, children, and Alfs. Their service menu is as varied as their client list; elite designer cuts transform shaggy manes into sleek hairdos, and professional keratin treatments straighten strands to make styling a cinch. Color retouches, highlights, and toners are also on the docket, as are permanent waves.
At Defining Moments, owner J.R. Laliberte has expanded the salon services of the former Middlebury Hair Center by adding a full-service barbershop, a menu of spa services, and a team of Redken-certified stylists, nail technicians, and massage therapists that populate the shop seven days a week. Quaint white siding frames the black door that grants guests access to the salon, where hair must run a gauntlet of Redken products, scissors, razors, wax, and hot towels to be molded into chic bobs or perfectly sharpened handlebar moustaches. Defining Moments’ mani-pedis keep nails looking like they just crawled out of a fashion magazine, and aches and pains melt into nothingness during Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and prenatal massages.
Taking up 1,200-square feet of Ricci’s, Hero Barbering brings to mind an old-school barbershop. Though the inspiration for the space is traditional, the styles they offer are anything but old and tired: they cut everything from conservative crewcuts to mohawks. Hero’s team is also well-versed in the art of the hot shave. A beer or soft drink complements every appointment, while sports on a flat-screen TV and jovial barbershop banter keep guests entertained throughout their session.
Past a barber-pole-bedecked exterior, the two-man staff of Old Time Barber Shop delivers straight-razor shaves and crafts modern haircuts using classic clipping techniques. Master barber Scott Braga creates personalized looks for each customer, ranging from straightforward trims and close-cropped cuts to elaborate ocelot topiary. In straight-razor shaves, Braga or stylist Stephen Guillian render skin hair-free and baby smooth with 20 minutes of careful hair removal supplemented with hot-towel treatments. The stylists bring experience and expertise to each cut, working through stray strands with ease in an old-timey environment complete with large leather chairs, full-length mirrors, and a barbershop quartet harmonizing hymns to comb disinfectant.