At Roy's Straight Edge, a veteran-owned barbershop with a vintage aesthetic, stylists keep men looking well-groomed with skillful haircuts and close shaves. Depending on each patron's preferences, they may trim hair with scissors, shave it into a fade, or clip it into a sophisticated Caesar cut.
The barbershop's stylists take care to eradicate stubble during straight razor shave sessions, but they also work to keep skin smooth and not irritated. That's why they apply rich lather and layer on towels that are infused with soothing aloe, vitamins A, D, and E, and refreshing herbal extracts. In the waiting room, visitors can sip complimentary beverages and watch TV.
Hair Cuttery's strand experts snip, sculpt, and colorize strands with an array of professional haircare services. Style-seeking adults and children choose the salon-grade shampoo, cut, and blow dry to leave heads looking age-appropriate and prevent bullying at recess about archaic pompadour 'dos. After a brief consultation about what the client thinks of their current look, how much time they have to do their hair, and who their hair voted for on American Idol, stylists parlay locks with high quality, professional salon products such as Redken or Paul Mitchell.
The stylists at Hair Works Family Hair Care have seen it all. That comes with the territory when you work at a salon that caters to every member of the family—men, women, children, and Alfs. Their service menu is as varied as their client list; elite designer cuts transform shaggy manes into sleek hairdos, and professional keratin treatments straighten strands to make styling a cinch. Color retouches, highlights, and toners are also on the docket, as are permanent waves.
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.
From the aptly named Shore Soap Company's front door, the syncopated percussion of the coastline can be heard as it ebbs and flows just a block away. But the front door isn't the only part of the company that's connected to the sea—all of the handcrafted soaps are, too. That's because artisan soap makers combine natural ingredients such as shea butter, olive oil, and fragrant herbs with sea salt to create a long-lasting, purifying bar. Though bar soap is Shore Soap Company's forte, the storefront also stocks sugar scrubs, body butter, and even solid perfumes that helped it earn a Best of Rhode Island 2013 badge from Rhode Island Monthly. Not only is Shore Soap Company committed to making high-quality handcrafted products, it has pledged 1% of all profits to Save the Bay, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting Narragansett Bay.
Long mirrors wrap around the red-and-black walls like a racing stripe, reflecting polished wood floors and glowing flat-screen TVs. Amid these relaxing accents, the shop's skilled barbers offer sleek scissor cuts to flatter the features. Straight-razor lather shaves pair with a relaxing hot-towel treatment or botanical tea-tree oil mask to refresh the complexion. The shop also features a complementary women's salon for coloring and formal styling needs.