Salon Alexander owner Ashley Stone might look familiar. That's because she—or, rather, her alter ego, Blondie—was the runner-up in the Oxygen network's second season of Hair Battle Spectacular, in which hairstylists competed to create the best larger-than-life fantasy hairdos. Stone has shared her hair beauty tips on Elle Girl's website and appeared on the Hot 93.7 radio show to discuss her interest in modern art, which is the driving force behind her avant-garde style.
Together with her team, Stone combines her extensive experience and passion for art and fashion to transform her clients with a variety of services, including specialty coloring, makeup, and eyelash extensions. The stylists at her sister company, Beauty Entourage, travel to the churches, homes, or low-hovering spaceships of brides-to-be to beautify them for their big day. The mobile crew has earned one of The Knot's Best Makeup Artists & Hair awards.
Committed to developing beauty beyond the surface level, Stone participates in charity events. You also might have caught her WTNH 8 interview promoting a charity event that benefited Wigs for Kids, which provides specialized wigs for children who have lost their hair because of medical conditions.
Unlike the playground game it takes its name from, Rock Paper Scissors Hair Salon has nothing to do with competition. Instead, the staff members—who have more than 35 years of combined experience—emphasize cooperation as they work closely with their clients to craft personalized looks with their extensive assortment of hair services. Inside the modern and sleek salon, in which red fixtures dangle like stalactites, the stylists work their magic with high-end products from Goldwell, L'Oréal, Simply Smooth, and Moroccanoil. The team also encourages clients to enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, wine, or their choice of a high-five or bear hug—but customers must supply the bear.
At Envy Hair Salon, services come without attitude as stylists work with clients to find a flattering style. Owner Nichole Vega creates a laidback environment, replete with neutral walls and wood-framed mirrors that reflect expert cuts and color treatments. Also included in their list of services are airbrush tanning and massage therapy.
Located inside Sun-Rayz Tanning, Derick Steven Hair Studio offers haircuts for men, women, and kids. The savvy stylists also update tresses with partial or full highlights as well as perms. Special occasions get an extra dose of glamour after the stylists create special looks such as braided updos with buns or cascading curls.
"Now listen up," insists Connecticut Magazine. "Matthew?s tableside Caesar salad has to be the best in the state, if not the country." It's hard to argue with that claim. Starting with torn hearts of romaine lettuce, the salad is made right next to your table, which gives you the chance to catch the distinct aromas of garlic croutons and parmesan cheese before each is thrown into the mix.
Executive Chef Greg Marcuson's culinary talents, of course, extend beyond salad. In fact, they're visible throughout Matthew's menu, in the Berkshire lamb shanks he braises for eight hours and in the cheddar grits he pairs with jumbo shrimp tossed in a barbecue dry rub.
But even the food can't claim sole responsibility for Matthew's popularity. Credit is also due to the restaurant's idyllic location, which includes a spacious outdoor patio with a stunning view of the Farmington River and its kindly fish god.
Most people who claim that their biggest clients are fictional characters are either liars or lawyers. But hairstylist Kim Difato has the pictures to prove it. The 20-year beauty-industry veteran has lent her styling chops to beloved characters from theatrical productions of Guys and Dolls, Sweeney Todd, Miracle on 34th Street, and Chicago, in between stints styling fashionable hairdos for weddings, editorial shoots, and video productions. Her modern sensibilities and deft fashion skills merge to create artistic cuts and styles, vibrant colors, and Keratin Complex smoothing treatments that help manes to go from manic to manageable in two to three hours.