Half kids' barbershop, half toy store, Snip Snaps is equally adept at styling haircuts and hosting birthday parties. Kids can pick a fun chair for their trim, choosing from racecars and motorcycles, and then watch TV or pick out a kids' movie from the salon's extensive library. Snip Snaps even has PlayStation 2 plugged in to facilitate hassle-free haircuts. And adults needn’t worry; they can recline on a more traditional salon chair for their own cut and style.
Yolo Laser Center & Med Spa’s licensed clinicians douse clients in a cornucopia of rejuvenating facial and massage services that quickly distinguished the clinic as Best New Business in 2009, according to the Guilford Chamber of Commerce. During the 60-minute spa package, clients sojourn into a private room where a skilled aesthetician administers a therapeutic massage, coaxing tension out of the neck and shoulders with gliding strokes and tenderly written court subpoenas. Then, after evaluating skin type and condition, the aesthetician tailors a Yolo signature facial that gently sloughs off dead cells, uncorks pores with light extractions, and slathers skin with an anti-aging serum designed to firm falling countenances.
Deb Sodergren and the associates at Stone Temple Sanctuary heal physical and spiritual ills with licensed expertise in yoga, tai chi, reiki, and a medley of bodywork and massage techniques. Their aim is to help clients to calibrate minds and bodies until they function with the effortless grace of a Swiss watch starring in Swan Lake. The comfortable, tranquil studio and staff work to eschew pain and encourage energy levels to flow freely. Deb holds trainings and classes in the Stone Temple Institute on the facility's lower level, where she shares her healing knowledge of meditation.
The talented tress trimmers at Salon Refuge fashion follicles into stylish shapes using fresh techniques and an in-depth knowledge of current trends. During the Brazilian keratin treatment, stylists wrestle down unruly curls by applying formaldehyde- and aldehyde-free Cadiveu products to smooth cuticles and resolve long-standing squabbles between hair and combs. Clients can also trade a hairdon’t for a new hairdo with the cut-and-color combo, which begins with a customized shampoo and conditioning treatment, followed by an expert cut and style (a $50 value) and a professional color retouching (a $50 value) to add a fourth dimension of dazzle to any look. Groupon customers who choose the first option will also receive 20% off any post-treatment products purchased on the same day.
A seven-circuit labyrinth sounds like the setting for a Greek myth, but at Branford River Resort and Spa, it is a concrete place patrons visit to practice meditation. Relaxation is not reserved for the labyrinth, though—it pervades the spa and resort as a whole, helping to earn the establishment one of 2012’s Patch Readers’ Choice awards. Visitors can bask in the healing milieu of its infrared sauna, lounge in the onsite gazebo, or unwind during diverse spa treatments.
The spa’s treatments encompass a vast array of facials, which can combat acne or aging, soothe with warm stones, or draw on the healing power of crystals. Massages range from traditional Swedish effleurage to the Shiradora indian head massage, which incorporates kneading upon the back and herbal oil conditioners, just like a cat clinic held in a soap shop. Body wraps ensconce physiques in materials from Dead Sea mud to mylar foil, and a complementary suite of salon services beautifies visitors with custom haircuts, highlights, and nail services.