Joe Sassu runs the Paul Mitchell focus salon Sassu Cuts, where he strives to develop the feel and style of a New York City hair salon. He and his newest staffer, Abby Ayala, also do their level best to create NYC-inspired hairstyles, performing an array of beauty services. Abby’s background includes second place in her field at SkillsUSA, a competition among thousands of students from Connecticut’s technical schools. Amid exposed brick and in front of stylist stations that resemble large modern toolboxes, they cut new ‘dos, correct faltering color, wax away unwanted hairs, and perform bridal services, such as convincing a groom to get the first haircut of his life.
The Hairs Inn Salon offers more than just hair design, but—with a full service hair studio, color bar, and stylists that perform countless treatments—it’s fitting that hair earned its place on the marquee. Owner and stylist Holly Johnson oversees a talented roster of beauticians as they provide elegant cuts and embellishments, such as coloring and keratin treatments. Additionally, this full-service salon—which services men, women, and children—offers makeup applications, waxing, and beauty services tailored to help clients prepare for special events.
While one staffer carefully draws on an intricate henna tattoo, another uses two twisted threads to cleanly remove unwanted facial hair. This is the Threading & Henna Salon, where the team specializes in Indian beauty services, including herbal facials. The licensed aestheticians are also experts in waxing and makeup applications, which they can tailor to a night out, a wedding, or an afternoon black-tie barbecue.
International Institute of Cosmetology founder Carmelo Gugliotti began his career as a professional hairdresser when he was 16. He gradually built his passion into a successful business, entering international competitions and earning leadership positions within multiple cosmetology groups. Now supported by his beauty-minded family—including his wife and three sons—Gugliotti trains stylists and aestheticians in rigorous, accredited courses.
As part of their training, students offer a full menu of hair, nail, and spa services that incorporates Wella coloring and Dermalogica skincare products. Instructors supervise each treatment to ensure pupils don’t disregard protocol or use their untutored genius to make clients too beautiful for this world.
Tommy’s Tanning offers customers more than two dozen bronzing options, from single-session spray tans for special occasions to yearly memberships inside five levels of tanning beds. The vertical and horizontal beds imbue skin with color while cooling faces and playing music for a more comfortable tanning session. For UV-free color, VersaSpa spray-tanning booths coat the skin in a streak-free glow, all while the client stands in a comfortable, wide-open interior.
The stylists at Salon Eleganza pamper clients with a full array of salon services, including haircare and mani-pedis. Striving to make each guest feel beautiful and renewed, the stylists stay mindful of individual hair needs and spirit animals as they carefully style locks, build up hair strength with protein-rich deep-conditioning treatments, or help blend and condition new face-framing highlights with all-over glaze.
The pristinely clean premises of Always Tan sparkle with the beds, sprays, and lotions necessary to achieve a perfectly darkened pelt. Fans and headphones lie waiting inside the shop’s private tanning rooms, where reflector-light beds gradually bronze physiques until they acquire a sun-kissed glow or a marriage proposal from a Rodin sculpture. UV–free Norvell tanning solutions fly from the hands of certified tech Christine Andro as she deftly spritzes faces and bodies with streak-free color.