A licensed aesthetician penetrates upper dermal atmospheres with a customized deep-cleaning facial to leave the skin feeling smooth and hydrated. Before employing irrigation techniques to send ambrosial fluids to your clogged pores, aestheticians develop a foolproof targeting plan for your skin’s unique topography. Designed from a clinical standpoint, each facial provides a deeply relaxing experience that can complement many of the center’s laser treatments, which include skin resurfacing and asteroid removal.
At the age of 15, Becker Chicaiza, the future owner of Becker Salon, met a homeless man named Victor in his hometown in Ecuador. He brought the man to his family's home where he gave him food, clothing, and a haircut. Becker's family was impressed with his kindness, but even more so with the way the haircut transformed the man's appearance. Soon after, people in town began to request haircuts and women even asked Becker to color their hair. Spurred on by his success, Becker left Ecuador for Greenwich where he dedicated himself to his craft. Since then, he's made a name for himself in the world of fashion, taking second place at L'Oreal's 2008 Mondial de la Coiffure competition in Paris and working with Zac Posen and Jimmy Choo at New York Fashion Week. He brings all of this experience to Becker Salon, where he and his team of stylists help clients to achieve the looks they've seen on runways and in international airport-security lines. To create those looks, they snip strands and tint them with INOA ammonia-free color or Kerastase products infused with antioxidants. Additionally, a complimentary glass of champagne or cappuccino welcomes clients when they enter the studio.
Clients stepping into any one of Connecticut's six Kennedy's locations are transported to a simpler time when men were gentlemen and a trip to the barber was a relaxing social experience. The polished wood-trimmed décor and vintage leather furnishings echo that bygone era, and the smell of after-shave and sounds of scissors clipping away locks complete the portrait. Barbers offer cold beverages and hand-selected music before trimming hair or cleaning away stubble with the almost-forgotten art of the straight razor.
To render this atmosphere social, most locations sport a lounge with saloon tables, billiards, and more modern appurtenances such as flat-screen TVs and butler robots. This spirit of old-school personal service showcased amid elegant, throwback décor has helped Kennedy’s win a number of accolades, including the Best Barber Shop award from Orlando Magazine five times, most recently in 2011.
Warren-Tricomi is the 20-year partnership between Joel Warren and Edward Tricomi, creators of one of the first colorist/stylist hybrids of hair products, whose expertise is often quoted in women's lifestyle magazines including Glamour, Allure, and OK!. Armed with various coloring techniques, some of his own invention, Warren transforms hair with custom colors, while Tricomi performs artful snips with his signature dry-hair precision cut. The master colorist and the stylist lead a trained staff in revamping coifs at each of their six locations. From styling hair to removing glued-on gorilla suits with waxing services, the premier salon helps patrons enhance their natural beauty.
Warehouse lights dangle from the high ceilings of Hopscotch Salon, illuminating the styling chairs and leaving guests with the impression that rogue designers snuck in at midnight to erect the upscale cutting station. More than 15 stylists hone their craft in the open area, along with a full roster of colorists, aestheticians, nail techs, and makeup artists. The crew offers haircuts, highlights, and corrective color, along with bridal updos and extensions. Stylists also carefully select product lines such as Oribe—which are scented with French perfumes—and Bumble and bumble—which are designed to be mixed and layered for custom hair effects.
Hailing from London, England, Nassrin Shams brings more than 30 years of experience to Quintessence Spa. Amid soft yellow- and lime-colored walls, Nassrin coaxes radiant colors from her clients’ skin with facials that incorporate soothing massages, customized masks, extractions, and exfoliations. She treats an array of skincare concerns, but also offers french green-waxing treatments, and detoxifying body wraps.