Inside a renovated bank vault, stylists in training cut, color, and style the manes of their clients with Paul Mitchell products and techniques. In addition to foil color and highlights, the student stylists provide services such as chemical relaxers, deep-conditioning treatments, and perms.
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.
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.
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.
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.