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.
Laser Center of Milford’s expert staff use focused light to treat unwanted hair and unwanted inches. Although once effective only on pale complexions, lasers for hair removal now work for any skin type, and Milford’s team couples treatments with a dynamic cooling device to limit discomfort. They effectively employ Zerona lasers to slim waistlines.
Creative Body Therapies's Aileen Ferraro kneads, strokes, and pummels away aches and pains with a wide variety of stress-abating techniques. The therapeutic-massage treatment subjects muscle-borne maladies to an hour of customized Swedish and deep-tissue methods. Sink down into the plush massage table as nimble hands use long and gentle strokes to sweep away tension and intense kneading to untangle tight knots. In addition to relieving discomfort, each session can ease the mind and, like jogging up and down the theater aisles during a horror movie's scary parts, stimulate the flow of blood.
The beauty experts at Makeup by DiLieto take the stress out of primping for weddings or other special events. They give skin a flawless finish with high-definition, silicone-based airbrush makeup and assemble hair into dramatic updos. The team also conducts weekly makeup courses, in which they detail the tools and techniques needed to create stunning looks at home.
Salon Ivanova turns mangled manes into lush locks in the calm comforts of a sleek, modern establishment. Relax frazzled follicles with the revitalizing Tea Tree Hair and Scalp Treatment from Paul Mitchell (a $40 value). Tresses tingle as shea butter and soy proteins repair strands, and tea-tree oil, peppermint, and lavender leave hair smelling like a fresh-picked barrel of angel laughter. The treatment comes to a tickled conclusion with a blow-dry and style (a $35 value), thereby allowing remixed guests to depart with a renewed sense of swagger. On their way out the door, guests can freely peruse the salon's on-site boutique, which stocks a variety of leading brands.
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.