Manicure in Cromwell

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Element Six Salon embraces beautiful geometry. Inside, white mod-style chairs and a desk crisscrossed with white lines announce Element Six’s crisp, modern aesthetic. Panes of mottled glass stand behind the reception area, flanking the entrance to the styling floor, and rectangles of abstract art decorate the walls.

There's an open, minimalist vibe to the décor, one that complements the neat and meticulous work of the staff. Don't be fooled, however—just because the salon is tidy, doesn't mean that its crew can't give your 'do an eye-catching edge.

The team uses products by brands such as Redken and Goldwell to create fresh looks, consulting with clients throughout the appointment to pin down the desired aesthetic. They can imbue strands with color through single-process treatments and highlights, or arrange hair into a nuanced updo.

2 Hammerhead Pl
Cromwell,
CT
US

Inside of Platinum Hair Studio, the sleek white, tan, and black decor offsets the wall-length product shelf ablaze with color. Cleansers, styling creams, and other potions sport premium labels such as Bumble and bumble, Moroccanoil, Goldwell, and Sebastian. During hair services, highly trained staffers use their suction-cup grappling guns to pluck the products as they infuse locks with radiant color and voluminous style.

Clients can bring tools and products from home during Hairstyling 101 classes that teach laypersons to expertly manipulate locks without investing in new items. Aestheticians also both apply makeup and offer makeup lessons, which coach clients in simple ways to enhance eyes and lips, or draw attention away from the lips around their eyes.

825 Cromwell Ave
Rocky Hill,
CT
US

Licensed cosmetologist Kathryn Mancarella prefers to work in a nontoxic environment. She has been caring for nails for 23 years, and now leads the team at Kathrynz Kreationz in beautifying fingers and toes with eco-friendly products. Mancarella specializes in custom crafting natural resin LCN nails, a nontoxic line whose advantages include resistance to yellowing, water, household chemicals, and high-fives that are not heartfelt. The earth-conscious studio also employs vegan and formaldehyde-free nail lacquers by SpaRitual, and offers an array of organic products, including lotions, laundry powder, and soaps.

After a chemical-free manicure or pedicure, an on-staff massage therapist can further loosen muscles with reflexology or deep-tissue techniques. The cozy studio—which also includes a clothing boutique—is defined by wooden floors, animal-print accent rugs and art, and a rear-facing view of a tranquil lake with verdant trees.

349 South Main Street
Middletown,
CT
US

A visit to Products Salon could involve a haircut, manicure, facial, or massage. The welcoming salon imbues each of their services with an emphasis on personal attention and friendliness. Whether clients kick their feet up and let a nail technician lavish their toes, lower themselves onto a styling chair for a youthful cut and color, or spread out on a massage table and sigh as every knot and kink slowly unravels, they will walk out the door looking younger and more vibrant than when they entered.

526 New Britain Rd
Berlin,
CT
US

Naked nails catch no one's eye, so the technicians at Princess Nails commit themselves to prettifying clients' digits. They do this with shiny mani-pedis with either plain color or a range of swirly, glittery nail art, including flowers, dots, and hearts that sparkle brighter and last longer than gluing sequins to each nail. Stubby fingernails gain a longer look from acrylics, while feet get the same meticulous attention during pedicures.

18 Washington Street
New Britain,
CT
US

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.

632 Silas Deane Hwy
Wethersfield,
CT
US