Shahla Day Spa & Threading’s therapists and aestheticians continue to add to their 35 combined years of industry experience, pampering clients with mani-pedis, threading and waxing services, and rejuvenating massages and facials. Just as the aestheticians use the natural sunlight that floods the spa’s interior to thread eyebrows with precision, the nail technicians reference the polished wooden floors to add the appropriate level of gloss to freshly trimmed toenails. The spa’s private room seems a world away from the bustle of the main floor, and its peaceful atmosphere only enhances the soothing strokes of Swedish massages. This room also hosts waxing services and custom facials that remove dirt and oil from skin or smooth out the wrinkles on a favorite Richard Nixon mask.
One of MadeMan's 10 Best Day Spas in Connecticut, Lavender Fields provides patrons with a range of services aimed at keeping bodies looking and feeling pampered. Unmitten your mitts for a classic manicure ($18) to leave your fingers ready for hours of glamorous poking and pointing. A spa pedicure ($40) complements the hand holiday, starting with an aromatherapy spa foot bath followed by nail shaping, a lower-leg and foot exfoliation, moisturizing, and a coat of polish or buff to leave your toes ready for emergency counting duties. Like pied pipers of pleasure, Lavender Fields' massage therapists are trained to coax tension out of bodies and lock it in a closet. Hit your aches and pains with a 60-minute dose of blood-oxygenating Swedish massage ($75), or penetrate through to muscles living in caves far beneath the skin's surface with a deep-tissue massage ($75). An hour-long sports massage ($75) can melt stress and salve muscles, helping bodies prepare for or recuperate from taxing physical activities.
Chairs aplenty host guests during manicures, pedicures, and chair massages inside Noella Spa & Nails. Rows of cozy seating face a mounted TV in the manicure section, and the salon's big enough to host birthday and bachelorette parties. Technicians apply lemon sugar scrub to hands and cover nails with chip-resistant CND Shellac or OPI, Essie, or Gelish polish. Staffers also wax off unwanted leg and eyebrow hairs and saturate the skin with vitamin C during anti-aging facials, using Dermalogica skincare products instead of just dumping a carton of OJ on faces.
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.
Recently remodeled Stylin' Edge Salon burnishes bodies with a wide range of beauty services. Opt for the mani-pedi and let shoe tenants and mitten dwellers take up temporary residence in a soothing soak, sea-salt scrub, and OPI or Essie polishing. Alternately, freshen up your frontage with a facial, during which visages are steamed, cleaned, exfoliated, massaged, and masked until they draw crowds like a radiant disco ball. Waxing services, meanwhile, span the skin spectrum, from a Brazilian bikini wax (starting at $35) to an eyebrow shaping ($12), guaranteed to herd hair follicles into a suitable skin corral and keep them from overgrazing the fragile fields of social acceptability.
Never one to settle for the stagnant beauty services of yore, technician ThuLan has travelled across the country to learn new treatments and proudly add them to her service menu. She imparts her knowledge of nail and eyelash care to clients from her nail station. To enhance mani-pedi services, ThuLan enlists the aid of such relaxing treatments as a hydrating paraffin wax, exfoliating green-tea mask, and hot-stone massage for the forearms and lower legs. She then decorates fingernails with a natural-looking silk wraps or a protective layer of shellac or organic SNS gel polish. And to personalize each pedicure service, ThuLan encourages clients to dip their toes into a pedicure chair's built-in whirlpool, which she fills with aromatic lavender salts and handwritten love notes. For faces, she provides waxing services and applies eyelash extensions, a trade in which she became certified after completing 200 hours of practice.