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.
A classic barber pole is the first harbinger of Scott Anthony’s Classic Barbershop’s commitment to old-fashioned clipping techniques. Inside, clients lounge in large leather chairs in front of full-length mirrors and await an in-depth consultation to determine ideal hair length and rock star potential. Master barber and educator Scott Braga trims coifs into close-cropped cuts and fades, while Stephen Guillian renders jaw lines silky-smooth with soothing hot-towel shaves. The team wields their steel tools to create looks of any degree of difficulty, from shaved-in hair designs to distinguished whisker trims.
To provide natural rejuvenation for their clients, the staff members of Green Envy Salon & Spa's take a green approach when it comes to performing skin- and hair-care treatments. The team relies on biodegradable, botanically-derived Aveda products, which are processed using eco-friendly steam distillation as opposed to harsh chemical extractions. These products aid the stylists as they rejuvenate tresses by performing a variety of styling, coloring, and texturizing treatments that leave hairdos looking healthy and vibrant. Additionally, the spa can pamper visitors with its indulgent mani-pedis, therapeutic massage sessions, and revitalizing facial treatments. Even the decor?with its pastel green tones, taupe and mocha walls, and sentient plant life?reflects the spa's commitment to the earth.
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.