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.
Avon Hair Company's professional, continually educated stylists wield meticulous know-how in Goldwell and Redken coloring and foiling, imbuing multidimensional hues into skillfully sliced and sculpted manes. Amid the salon's cozy environs, staffers engineer modern, trendy hairdos with straightening treatments, permanent waves, and hair extensions. A smattering of waxing services ousts surplus strands from lips, chins, and third eyebrows.
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.
At Elements, you don't need spelunking gear and bat repellant to be considered a "caver." The staff applies the term to those who regularly visit its artificial salt cave—a grotto lined with pink Himalayan salt and lounge chairs. The salt dispenses particles into the air that potentially soothe the skin and combat respiratory ailments, such as congestion and asthma. And, by mimicking a natural cave, the room falls in line with the spa's eco-friendly motif. This focus on the environment pervades all of their treatments, paying homage to the elements of earth, water, wood, metal, and fire.
A wet room, complete with a vichy shower and soaking tub, best embody the "water" aspect, whereas skin and massage services incorporate the remainder of the elements. Aestheticians light up complexions with products from Naturopathica Holistic Skin Care, applying extracts of alpine willow, rosemary, and chamomile to fight the signs of acne and rosacea. Massage therapists, meanwhile, customize their kneads to the unique aches of each client. They might untie muscular knots with help from Mexican beach stones, or conduct an ashiatsu massage with their bare feet, the best tools for conducting deep-tissue work behind jackhammers set to "gentle."
The training never stops for Shalon’s stylists. By keeping up with the latest trends and hair-care techniques, they are able to help clients design a dramatic new look or recreate classic styles. Although the stylists rely on their shears to trim split ends and carefully build layers into hairstyles, they can also use deep conditioning treatments, and coloring and texturizing products to create a more striking, vibrant appearance.
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.