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.
Getting a haircut can be a real chore for children. But at Rockadoodledoos, a cut means an invite into the salon's kid-centric party center. Youngsters sporting new 'dos can ride in kid-sized convertibles or play fellow pintsize patrons in Xbox 360 games. Kids seeking more than a haircut can even gather friends for glamour parties, which include complete makeovers with manicures, makeup, and glitter tattoos. Afterward, participants can don a new getup and strut their stuff as part of Rockadoodledoos's pink-carpet fashion show.
Behind the red-brick walls of an historic train depot, Hair by Toni’s stylists mold manes as jazz and blues notes dance across the 700-square-foot space. While guests sip on freshly brewed cappuccinos and lattes, they can take in the elegant simplicity created by the vintage-inspired furniture and cowhide carpet that sprawls across the floor. The salon’s walls display an ever-changing collection of artwork, which can include paintings, photographs, and drawings of invisible chameleons.
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.