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.
Rimagé's licensed body coddlers treat dermises to a mix of flowing touches and gentle exfoliation coupled with quality skincare products. A selection of massages features the Swedish techniques of pairing long, fluid strokes with an assortment of pressures to improve flexibility and muscle tone and release the tension of being caught making out with your reflection on the side of a lobster tank. Customers who choose a European facial transport pores across the pond to bathe in expertly applied natural ingredients. While a gentle mask or compress cleanses and refreshes visages, mild massages of the neck, face, and décolleté complete a full upper-body pampering, and all customers leave with a recommended care regimen to fool gullible skin into thinking it never left the spa.
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.
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.
The stylists at New Have Hair and Skin Studio each possess more than 25 years of experience, which they use to revamp dull strands and restore visages during an array of aesthetic services. Situated on the main floor of a two-story home, the salon and spa's stylists cut, color, and retexture strands. Elsewhere, a massage therapist reduces back tension with deep-tissue and Swedish massages. The salon also beautifies clients' façades with facials and Jane Iredale mineral makeup, which it sells in-house.
With the aim of revamping aesthetics from head to toe, Transitions Nails, Hair, and More's team of aestheticians offers a full menu of salon services. Atop pillow-laden pedicure thrones, patrons recline as nail techs adorn their toes with durable Shellac polish, and stylists refurbish locks with keratin relaxers, advanced color treatments, or special-occasion updos.