Aqua Salon & Spa offers cosmetic treatments from its med spa, as well as nail-sprucing and hair-primping services in a contemporary chic atmosphere. Smooth wrinkles and turn frowns upside down with your choice of Botox (20 units) or Dysport (40 units). Both treatments are quick and nonsurgical, and can restore a youthful appearance more easily than crawling around on hands and knees, communicating in monosyllables. Results typically last up to four months.
Owner Nancy Aponte is a 36-year veteran of the styling game and an advocate for eco-friendly styling alternatives. Some years ago, she became concerned with the toxic effects of hair-color products, and opted instead for more earth-conscious method. This approach has helped earn Aponte a nod as Best Eco-Friendly Salon 2012 in Fairfield County from the New Haven Advocate. Now in the comfort of her cozy studio, Nancy's crew of skilled stylists can transform tresses with organic coloring products, nix unwanted hair with body-sugaring treatments, or unblock energy channels with private reiki healing sessions.
Tress tamers at Unlimited Styles Spa & Salon slather strands with Brazilian Blowout Zero's protein-packed solution to help smooth and manage frizzy manes. During the approximately two-hour treatment, depending on the length of the client’s hair, the formula’s keratin proteins work to smooth and nourish strands without exposing them to harmful chemicals or peer pressure from delinquent straightening irons. Lustrous locks can parade their new look for up to 12 weeks after the treatment, and if left to air dry, curls will keep their curves, forming soft waves like a rippling waterfall made of football fans.
At American Barbershop, stylists work to resurrect the corner barbershops of yore, when striped poles spun out front and everybody knew each other's name. They're off to a good start?their red, white, and blue barber's pole twirls in front of the shop, and the vintage feeling continues inside, with red leather barber's chairs sidled up to antique wooden workstations stained dark with pale trim. They even have a rocking-horse haircut chair for kids or the tiny cowboys who mosey on in for a beard trim. The barbers offer hair services for men, women, and children, and keep their menu simple and no-fuss: haircuts and shampoos, along with beard trims for men and blow-dry styles for women.
For 25 years and counting, licensed electrologist Karen Kolenda has accumulated expertise in the art of depilation. Having witnessed the efficacy of electrolysis, she's well-versed in the advantages of this hair-removal method. In contrast to waxing and threading, electrolysis yields permanent results. Compared to basic laser treatments, electrolysis works for people of all skin tones and hair types. And relative to extracting hair with wads of nougat, electrolysis is less sticky.
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.