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.
The talented tress trimmers at Salon Refuge fashion follicles into stylish shapes using fresh techniques and an in-depth knowledge of current trends. During the Brazilian keratin treatment, stylists wrestle down unruly curls by applying formaldehyde- and aldehyde-free Cadiveu products to smooth cuticles and resolve long-standing squabbles between hair and combs. Clients can also trade a hairdon’t for a new hairdo with the cut-and-color combo, which begins with a customized shampoo and conditioning treatment, followed by an expert cut and style (a $50 value) and a professional color retouching (a $50 value) to add a fourth dimension of dazzle to any look. Groupon customers who choose the first option will also receive 20% off any post-treatment products purchased on the same day.
With 25 years of experience in the corporate world behind her, Susan Catenaro channeled her human-resources training in founding Bien-Etre Wellness Centre. Equally as important to her business, though, are her certifications and training in life coaching, hypnotherapy, past-life-regression therapy, and aromatherapy. Today, she and her staff aim to help clients live more holistic lives, with everything from classes on essential oils to sessions in an infrared sauna.
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.