The little things are what make trips to Lavender Fields Day Spa feel extra special. Complimentary refreshments greet clients as they walk through the door: fruit spritzers, aromatic cups of herbal tea, and ionized water that wouldn't even melt the wickedest of witches. And the surroundings promise luxurious relaxation, too, as guests enjoy access to a spa lounge, sauna, and steam shower with their treatments.
It's no wonder, then, that Lavender Fields Day Spa is regularly named one of the best day spas in Connecticut by outlets such as Made Man and CBS. But of course, all of those extras are only icing on a non-edible cake filled with face and body treatments and spa packages for men, women, and couples.
GBS Brows has carved out a niche for its four locations by offering beautification treatments not often found at other salons. While they certainly present standard fare such as facials, massages, and waxing, what sets them apart are their two other treatments; threading and henna tattoos. Threading, an alternative to traditional waxing, uses intertwined pieces of thread to remove and shape facial hair with increased precision. Their India-trained henna tattoo artists can create beautiful, often floral-inspired designs that typically last about two to four weeks, like most grade school plays. Each location's décor showcases its own type of elegance, but they all feature bright colors and pleasant flourishes such as plants and paintings.
As a certified electrologist, Donna Crump has spent the last 15 years honing her skills by removing hair on men and women. Donna uses the FDA-approved hair removal treatment to whisk away unsightly hair permanently over the course of a few sessions. Each non-invasive treatment lasts between 15 minutes to an hour.
Certified aesthetician Agnes Plewa uses Pevonia products during her custom facials, which may cleanse pores, treat rosacea, or reduce blemishes. Her skincare treatments may also include such ingredients as caviar, licorice, and green tea. In addition to offering facials, she provides waxing services, using a hard wax from France to remove unwanted hair from the body.
Sparse eyebrows, thin lips, and lingering scars are no match for A Better Image's SofTap permanent makeup. Aestheticians use a microprobe to gently inject natural-looking pigments around the eyes, lips, areola, or anywhere else that needs more pigment, including those bearing the vestiges of burns or surgery. The tattooing process is entirely the choice of the client, who can choose how subtle or dramatic they wish their new look to be. A Better Image also offers permanent hair removal and eyebrow shaping services.
As a reward for selling the most Kérastase products while working at Gioia Salon in Texas, Alda Membrino won a trip to Italy. She didn't use it as a vacation from her career, however—nearly every moment was spent studying the hair coloring and cutting techniques of the country's masterful stylists. She flaunts this dedication to her craft at Windsor Salon and Spa, where she rejuvenates hair with Neuma organic shampoo, paraben- and DEA-free AG hair products, and hair color made with a yogurt base and natural ingredients.
For the rest of the body, Alda removes unwanted hair with either standard wax or a sugar formula composed entirely of natural ingredients and Santa's unused candy canes. The expert rounds out her service menu with spa staples such as manicures and pedicures, hot-stone massages, and facials that exfoliate with seaweed or glycolic acids.