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.
At Diva Threading & Jewelry, nimble hands use a strategically wrapped strand of cotton thread to remove hair from the root. This procedure is called threading, and it is used most commonly to sculpt the eyebrows with more preciseness than wax. The staff at Diva—led by threading expert and owner Suman Mishra—performs a handful of other traditional beauty services, including organic facials and henna tattoos.
Because a slow-motion button for life has yet to be invented, Modern Wellness Center uses pampering spa treatments to slow down life, even for just an hour. With a goal to detoxify and empower clients in both body and mind, the staff thwarts tension with custom massage treatments that may include heated stones, steamed towels, or aromatherapy. Skincare services help smooth skin by cleansing pores, exfoliating surfaces, and removing unwanted hair with wax. Nail services protect and strengthen nails for the next thriller-movie marathon.
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.
European Skin Specialists' aestheticians precede each treatment with a thorough skin evaluation. By gaining a firm understanding of texture, tone, and sensitivity, they can build custom treatments that improve complexions. The spa's services range from traditional to high-tech: the European facial includes a classic sequence of steaming, cleansing, and hydrating, whereas the oxygen treatment pumps skin with three vitamins, 87 minerals, and infinity micro-gusts of wind.
Luxurious black leather chairs serve as comfortable temporary thrones for patrons as experienced staffers gussy up their hair, skin, or nails during beautifying services. The team can also regale groups of men and women with lavish treatments during soothing spa parties, which can commemorate special occasions or Tuesdays.