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.
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.
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.
The seasoned sculptors of masculine manes at Roosters fuse modern grooming techniques with time-tested treatments, regaling male clients with a premium yet classic barbershop experience. One of these scissor wielders kicks off the Roosters Club Cut with a head-massaging shampoo before cutting, drying, and styling follicular forests into dapper coiffures sure to impress a date or a date's hard-to-impress poodle. Each cut is finely tuned to maximize the cranial canvas's aesthetic potential without dispatching hoards of invading hair clippings into the collar. A brush of powder and a splash of aftershave conclude pelt parings before the Signature Seven-Step Facial Shave commences with the soothing touch of hot-steam towels and a pore-purging deep-cleansing facial massage. After a slathering of moisturizing lotions, razors slough away stubble with a shave so close that newly smoothened chins may lose themselves in fond childhood memories of ice-cream dribbles and adorable Abe Vigoda impressions.