Effective hair- and skincare requires two things: talented, well-trained beauty professionals and quality products. Elayne James Salon and Spa, named in Salon Today's list for 200 of the country’s fastest growing salons, thrives with a staff of Redken- and Wella-trained hairstylists who wield French-made herbal formulas from Privé as they cut, color, and style strands. They also lengthen short ‘dos with Italian SoCap hair extensions, block frizz with a keratin smoothing system, and scare strands straight with barks from a drill sergeant. The salon’s aestheticians use preservative-free A Natural Difference skincare products to cleanse and exfoliate skin during facials, microdermabrasion treatments, and red-light-therapy sessions. Beyond hair and skin, Elayne James’s service menu includes indulgent Swedish and deep-tissue massages, mani-pedis, and waxing.
Hairport and a Touch of Class Tanning?has been in business for more than 25 years, though you wouldn't know it by the decidedly fresh look of its vibrant red- and lemon-colored walls and its unblemished dark-wood shelving. The same goes for the stylists, who remain linked, by way of continuing education, to the most current trends in beauty and fashion. And so experience and modern savvy combine in every haircut, coloring treatment, or perm conducted, resulting in a look that brings freshness and vitality to any head of hair or sentient spaghetti bowl. The salon also features standup and lay-down tanning booths, and mani-pedi stations helmed by nail artists whose spa manicures and sea-salt pedicures enrich the nails and the skin.
The friendly stylists at Xanadu Salon deftly shape, tint, and smooth bedraggled locks in a welcoming, canary-hued parlor filled with professional products. Owner Andrea Patterson, whose services are backed by a Master’s in business at Springfield College and an education at the American Beauty Academy, leads a team of stylists that caters to each client's individual hair needs. They accomplish this by vigilantly keeping gum away from locks, and, secondarily, by rendering an array of salon services. Massage therapists also pamper customers with oils from Arbonne and Therapro before bodywork sessions.
Each day, Exquisite Automotive Detail & Mobile Car Wash’s staff of licensed and insured detailers clock in and view the tasks at-hand: a car needs its interior steam cleaned, a yacht needs to be polished up, or an airplane may need its wings pruned. The mobile team, who pride themselves on their professionalism, uses primarily biodegradable cleaning products, and they also offer pressure-washing services for homes.
The congenial mechanics at Middletown Car Care, with more than 22 years of comprehensive experience under their belts, repair and service each vehicle with attention and skill. Tire rotation ($15) swaps around car-hooves to rest the wearier rubber, and full diagnostic services ($40) plumb the depths of your motorized steed and roust out troubles, such as sabotage by a jealous segway or an unfulfilled wish for a cinnamon air freshener. Freshen up engine blood with an oil change ($30), which includes a new filter and up to 5 quarts of regular oil. Middletown Car Care's auto gurus provide all of their estimates for free, from services for the suspension or chassis to any other auto-component need.
The passionate instructors at Middletown Jazzercise Fitness Center get students moving with a schedule of daily classes appropriate for all levels of rug-cuttery. Traditional Jazzercise classes blend easy-to-follow steps with muscle-toning movements, guiding dancers 12 years and up through a dynamic routine scored by top 40 hits, jazz, country, funk, and a panel of grooving experts. After a gentle warm-up, instructors lead participants through a 30-minute aerobic workout, including a muscle toning-and-strengthening segment with free weights, before cooling down with gentle stretching. Beginners and advanced students are welcome, and instructors demonstrate low-impact adjustments to moves for beginners. Jazzercise Body Sculpting amps up anatomies by combining weight training and stretching, working to leave bodies stronger than Superman's willpower.