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.
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.
Half kids' barbershop, half toy store, Snip Snaps is equally adept at styling haircuts and hosting birthday parties. Kids can pick a fun chair for their trim, choosing from racecars and motorcycles, and then watch TV or pick out a kids' movie from the salon's extensive library. Snip Snaps even has PlayStation 2 plugged in to facilitate hassle-free haircuts. And adults needn’t worry; they can recline on a more traditional salon chair for their own cut and style.
A warm smile and a complimentary cup of coffee greets each client that sets foot in Flair For Hair, a Paul Mitchell salon owned by master designer Joyce-Lyn Altieri and staffed by a team of Paul Mitchell educators. A team member then escorts clients to the Lather Lounge where stylists cleanse strands with indulgent shampoo sessions peppered with head and neck massages. After a careful consultation, stylists break out the scissors or spend some time concocting custom hues at the Color Bar. In addition to facial waxing and makeup services, stylists also set curly strands straight with a 45-minute, formaldehyde-free Bio Ionic KeraSmooth treatment that lasts up to 12 weeks. Before clients leave, stylists demonstrate how to use the latest tools and products to maintain their new styles without resorting to concrete wigs.
Although the stylists at Headlines are whiz kids when it comes to traditional salon services and product lines by Goldwell, Wella, and Schwarzkopf, they do more than just manipulate existing hairdos—they also help clients regrow thinning strands with their signature laser hair-therapy sessions. The sessions use low-level-laser energy to noninvasively energize strands, which causes them to sprout like sunflowers in a tanning bed full of Miracle-Gro. After 6–12 months of weekly treatments, men and women can sport a fuller-looking head of hair.
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.