At Defining Moments, owner J.R. Laliberte has expanded the salon services of the former Middlebury Hair Center by adding a full-service barbershop, a menu of spa services, and a team of Redken-certified stylists, nail technicians, and massage therapists that populate the shop seven days a week. Quaint white siding frames the black door that grants guests access to the salon, where hair must run a gauntlet of Redken products, scissors, razors, wax, and hot towels to be molded into chic bobs or perfectly sharpened handlebar moustaches. Defining Moments’ mani-pedis keep nails looking like they just crawled out of a fashion magazine, and aches and pains melt into nothingness during Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and prenatal massages.
Signature Service: Coloring and styling
Brands Used: Goldwell, KMS California, Moroccanoil, Redken
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Pro Tip: We have the best prices with the most current skills.
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