A certain hominess shines through at JoBella Salon and Spa. The shop is named for the co-owner’s children, Joe and Bella, and the Branford location is nestled inside a two-story house surrounded by trees and green grass. Skilled stylists and aestheticians at both locations tap into an arsenal of elixirs from Arrojo and skincare products by Aveda. When they aren't beautifying clients from the neck up, they primp nails, knead sinews, and leave legs wrapped in seaweed like a sleeping sushi chef.
If a still pond glimmering in the orange glow of a sunset could be translated into how a person feels, that's the kind of feeling salon owner Dawn Poindexter would want clients to have as they leave her salon. To achieve just such a sense of beauty and relaxation for her guests, expert stylists customize their services to each individual's needs, using use high-end products such as Goldwell for everything from styling and subtle highlights to more complex undertakings like smoothing hair with keratin or smoothing an astronaut's hair in a zero-gravity environment. Red Carpet Salon Services also offers a wide array of mani-pedis as well as a full menu of facials, waxing, and healing massages. Outside the salon, Dawn dedicates her time to the C.H.A.I.N. Fund—a charity devoted to treating cancer patients struggling with financial hardships.
In addition to clipping hair into chic and trendy silhouettes, Hair Power Salon's stylists lengthen manes with hair extensions and infuse strands with high beams of color. To transform gnarled hair labyrinths into sleek thoroughfares, the salon administers La-Brasiliana keratin treatments. Unlike other conditioning sessions, which mainly involve stylists hoping really hard at frizzy hair and then smoothing it with their tears of frustration, La Brasiliana gussies up finicky strands with collagen, leaving hair sleek and manageable for up to four months.
Staffed by a team of creative styling professionals and stocked with high-quality haircare and skincare products, 221 Post A Salon is a hub of fashionable makeovers. Stylists build upon their skillful scissor work with coloring, glazing, foils, and Brazilian hair-smoothing treatments. Skincare specialists add a personal touch to their facials with skin analysis and neck, shoulder, and scalp massages. Amid pastel purple walls and chic furniture, manicurists fuss about fingers and toes with mani-pedis, and bridal parties prepping for the cameras can opt for styling and makeup applications—as well as free beverages and pastries for groups of more than five.
It’s hard to reverse clipped curls or dyed hair. That's why the stylists at Dahlia's Beauty Salon make sure they‘re on the same page as their clients before they set to work. After personally greeting each person at the door, they consult with patrons about their hair aspirations and their secret wish to be addressed as "Commodore.” At every hair station, full-body mirrors rest against eggnog-hued walls, and customers get to relax in modern salon chairs during haircuts, perms, highlights, and keratin hair-straightening treatments.
The stylists and aestheticians at Capello Salon and Day Spa beautify their clients' hair, skin, and nails with name-brand products. They coif locks with Alfaparf, Schwarzkopf, and keratin straightening formulas and add color or top-secret missives to nails with Essie and OPI lacquers. During facials, Pevonia Botanica’s natural ingredients work to cleanse and nourish the skin.