The extracts in the facial masks at Dolce Vita Day Spa come straight from the herb garden—ginseng, lavender, rosemary, and olive leaf. These botanical ingredients are used to enhance the anti-aging and cleansing effects of specialized skin treatments, including microdermabrasion that polishes pores with fine pumice crystals. Throughout the spa, such add-ons infuse procedures with a personal touch. Nail technicians top off mani-pedis with a soothing paraffin dip, and massage modalities ranging from Swedish to prenatal and postnatal can incorporate cold-stone therapy to ward off headaches.
Owner Annamaria Morello drafted her treatment menus after years spent working in upscale spas and salons. She and her staff of aestheticians keep abreast of cosmetic trends with a commitment to ongoing education, and they relish the opportunity to combine their services into luxurious packages or group parties. Guests of all kinds enjoy complimentary beverages, snacks, and calming music that isn’t just their waxer gently drumming on their belly in a spa space whose light marble counters, big mirrors, and wooden floors evoke an airy seaside cottage.
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group MedSpa is part of one of the largest practices in Connecticut, which brings together more than 250 physicians and medical practitioners to provide care in more than 30 specialties. Here, board-certified plastic surgeons oversee every laser and skincare treatment, which in turn are performed by licensed aestheticians and registered nurses. These services include laser hair removal, laser skin tightening, chemical peels, and permanent makeup. Cosmetic injections such as Botox are performed by the board-certified plastic surgeons. The staff also specializes in adapting these treatments for men, whose skincare, body-hair, and anti-aging concerns may differ from women's.
As a reward for selling the most Kérastase products while working at Gioia Salon in Texas, Alda Membrino won a trip to Italy. She didn't use it as a vacation from her career, however—nearly every moment was spent studying the hair coloring and cutting techniques of the country's masterful stylists. She flaunts this dedication to her craft at Windsor Salon and Spa, where she rejuvenates hair with Neuma organic shampoo, paraben- and DEA-free AG hair products, and hair color made with a yogurt base and natural ingredients.
For the rest of the body, Alda removes unwanted hair with either standard wax or a sugar formula composed entirely of natural ingredients and Santa's unused candy canes. The expert rounds out her service menu with spa staples such as manicures and pedicures, hot-stone massages, and facials that exfoliate with seaweed or glycolic acids.
When Sharon Zilahy established Refresh Rejuvenating Spa, she hoped to channel the elegant, high-end spas she had frequented in her journeys beyond her small town. She chose a space adorned with checkerboard floors and white crown molding, and pumped up the opulence by adding Victorian-inspired lounge seating and framed art. Of course, image isn't everything, which is why she culled skin, hair, and cosmetic products from locales overseas, stocking her shelves with formulas from Kérastase Paris, Face Stockholm, and Sothys, a Parisian line of clinical skincare serums. Sothys plays a role in many of the spa's facial treatments, including the Secrets de Sothys—an anti-aging regimen that includes a facial massage and a silky application of anti-wrinkle serum. In the salon area, hair stylists craft new looks with cuts and color, along with styling treatments at the dedicated blow-dry bar. In private rooms, massage therapists unearth tension through their soothing strokes. The spa even features a host of male-centric services such as men's facials, beard trims, and grey-blending treatments.
Located inside Sun-Rayz Tanning, Derick Steven Hair Studio offers haircuts for men, women, and kids. The savvy stylists also update tresses with partial or full highlights as well as perms. Special occasions get an extra dose of glamour after the stylists create special looks such as braided updos with buns or cascading curls.