Professional Barber Shop’s flagship storefront has stood in downtown Hartford ever since 1927, remaining as a testament to a time when hot-lather shaves and shoe shines were routine. Now with three Connecticut locations, Professional Barber Shop stays true to that era by offering an array of gentlemen’s grooming services and pamphlets touting the benefits of measles vaccines.
While sipping a cold drink or hot coffee, guests enjoy haircare treatments that toe the line between practicality and indulgence. Basic trims leave hairdos and beards looking well coiffed. Straight razors swipe through hot lather and shear away stubble before a cooling dollop of aftershave lotion. Gentlemen’s facials in a 1920s style can indulge cheekbones with 3 Lucky Tigers massage creams and as many as 10 steaming towels. Once finished, guests can return home sporting a pair of freshly shined shoes and a timelessly dapper look.
Inside Jeunesse Salon and Spa's 16 private suites, a cast of independent beauty specialists accomplishes aesthetic feats with a range of salon and spa services for hair, nails, and skin. Its featured hairstylists and aestheticians boost visitors' outer allure with haircuts, highlights, and facials, while massage therapists knead away pockets of accumulated tension. A variety of packages offer combined services geared toward teens, brides-to-be, and alligators in need of a moisturizing facial and a back massage.
There's virtually no type of hair that A Strand A Head's stylists can't handle. For years, they've been tending to 'dos of every length and texture. During individual appointments and styling parties, they update hairstyles with chic cuts, current color techniques, and texture treatments such as the frizz-smoothing keratin infusion. Visitors also can shop for take-home haircare products by various high-end brands in the salon's retail boutique.
As they say, “two heads are better than one” and “three’s a crowd.” Hair Design on Park employs two stylists, each one armed with enough beauty know-how, experience, and training to cater to the salon's entire diverse client base. The duo can design brand-new cuts with trendy flair, breathe new life into classic styles, and deliver natural or bold colors to rival the vainest tropical-bird celebrities.
After years spent working as an aesthetician who occasionally offered tanning services to her clients, Basia Kraul decided to fully dedicate herself to the tanning industry and founded Endless Summer Tan & Beauty Studio in August 1999. After more than a decade in business, the quaint studio offers visitors a variety of customizable UV beds, as well as spray tanning and collagen-boosting Rejuvenessence red-light therapy. A lineup of Basia skincare products keeps visages and physiques fresh, and a handful of hair and makeup services prime heads for special events or a night out on the town book clubbing.
Inspired by her heritage, owner Paula Anzellotti named her salon Forbici, which translates to “scissors” in Italian. Anzellotti opened the salon with consultant Deena Fazzio, recruiting experienced beauty professionals to upgrade clients' hair, nails, and skin. Cuts and colors add subtle or dramatic changes to hair dos, and waxes groom brows, lips, and chins. Nail technician Michael draws from more than 30 years of experience to make fingertips and toenails look sharp and professional as they scratch lotto tickets.