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.
Two years after becoming a hairstylist at the age of 35, Jackie Jeffko opened Shades Above, her personal styling station within Escape Hair Salon. Here, the Redken- and Goldwell-trained color artist transforms locks with foil highlights and lowlights and corrects color ruined by box-dye mishaps and permanent-marker disasters. Jeffko’s wide-ranging skill set also includes Brazilian blowouts and Thermafuse treatments, as well as Blow Pro blow-drying techniques for styling hair of any texture.
Head Over Heels Hair Studio spruces up bodies and minds with an ample menu of salon and massage services. Clients leave neck knots and tethered tendons to the able mitts of Corey Deloy, a licensed massage therapist trained in a variety of muscle-melting techniques. Backs relax at the application of a Swedish massage, which uses light to medium pressure to reduce stress, in the same way that eyes relax at the sight of Magic Eye puzzles in aurorae borealis. If anxiety centers require additional fathoms of muscle mining, excavators can sign up for a deep-tissue massage, which employs deep pressure to release knots and free corporal yachts from sore moorings.
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.
Inside Abundant Health Massage Therapy & Wellness, Kristina Mozzicato is a modern-day Renaissance woman. In addition to earning two bachelor's degrees from the College of the Holy Cross in Italian studies and music, she baked and souffl?d her way to a culinary-arts certificate from the Connecticut Culinary Institute. So it wasn't too much of a stretch for her to add a degree from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, a massage license, a national certification, and a Reiki-master certification to her list of credentials. Her Reiki-infused massage techniques include Swedish, deep tissue, trigger-point therapy, and hot stone.
In characteristic Kristina style, she approaches her bodywork with a refreshing degree of meticulousness. To protect her clients from parabens, artificial preservatives, and synthetic chemicals, Kristina uses only nontoxic lotions and creams during her massages. She's especially fond of Young Living therapeutic-grade essential oils, and incorporates them into her sessions gratis upon request. While she kneads sinews, she draws on a range of modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger-point therapy, and hot stone. Taking the path less traveled, her raindrop massage technique combines Vita-Flex techniques with essential oils to bring the body and mind into harmony, boost immunity, and reduce pain. When she isn't helping humans mend, she massages canines to help them cope with stress, aching joints, injuries, and nightmares about vengeful squirrels.
Most people who claim that their biggest clients are fictional characters are either liars or lawyers. But hairstylist Kim Difato has the pictures to prove it. The 20-year beauty-industry veteran has lent her styling chops to beloved characters from theatrical productions of Guys and Dolls, Sweeney Todd, Miracle on 34th Street, and Chicago, in between stints styling fashionable hairdos for weddings, editorial shoots, and video productions. Her modern sensibilities and deft fashion skills merge to create artistic cuts and styles, vibrant colors, and Keratin Complex smoothing treatments that help manes to go from manic to manageable in two to three hours.