X-S Hair Salon's welcoming, expert stylists beautify hair and enhance shine and texture with a variety of smoothing and deep-conditioning treatments. The Moroccanoil deep-conditioning treatment repairs ends and hydrates hair in 60–90 minutes, restoring shine and bounce to locks grown as rough and dehydrated as a cactus running an ultra-marathon. The salon’s friendly stylists shampoo and condition hair with products imbued with the luster-restoring oil followed by a hair mask. Clients’ freshly oiled hair then sits under a soothing steamer for 20 minutes before finally receiving a cooling rinse and blow-dry to reveal newly shimmery strands.
Though the stylists at Hair & Beyond specialize in classic bridal hairdos, they feel just as comfortable reshaping clients' locks into assertive contemporary looks. The stylists employ expertly mixed colors, flatirons, and keratin treatments to transform drab tresses into custom styles. According to Patch, the salon's shelves brim with haircare balms from Joico, Iso, and ReNu, ensuring that stylists have enough tools at their disposal to mold coifs or shampoo an entire woolly mammoth. Particularly passionate about the community, Hair & Beyond's stylists have offered their scissor skills to many a worthy cause, including the Beauty for a Cure cancer-center fundraiser in 2011.
Enzo Riccobene and his wife Linda work side-by-side inside his namesake salon and spa. They cut, perm, color, and straighten manes as patrons relax in sleek white chairs. Other pampering services include a facial that gives the pink slip to acne and aromatherapy massages. Post appointment, clients can pick up Moroccan Oil and L’Oreal products or peruse the salon’s collection of handmade jewelry and handbags.
At the age of 15, Becker Chicaiza, the future owner of Becker Salon, met a homeless man named Victor in his hometown in Ecuador. He brought the man to his family's home where he gave him food, clothing, and a haircut. Becker's family was impressed with his kindness, but even more so with the way the haircut transformed the man's appearance. Soon after, people in town began to request haircuts and women even asked Becker to color their hair. Spurred on by his success, Becker left Ecuador for Greenwich where he dedicated himself to his craft. Since then, he's made a name for himself in the world of fashion, taking second place at L'Oreal's 2008 Mondial de la Coiffure competition in Paris and working with Zac Posen and Jimmy Choo at New York Fashion Week. He brings all of this experience to Becker Salon, where he and his team of stylists help clients to achieve the looks they've seen on runways and in international airport-security lines. To create those looks, they snip strands and tint them with INOA ammonia-free color or Kerastase products infused with antioxidants. Additionally, a complimentary glass of champagne or cappuccino welcomes clients when they enter the studio.
Clients stepping into any one of Connecticut's six Kennedy's locations are transported to a simpler time when men were gentlemen and a trip to the barber was a relaxing social experience. The polished wood-trimmed décor and vintage leather furnishings echo that bygone era, and the smell of after-shave and sounds of scissors clipping away locks complete the portrait. Barbers offer cold beverages and hand-selected music before trimming hair or cleaning away stubble with the almost-forgotten art of the straight razor.
To render this atmosphere social, most locations sport a lounge with saloon tables, billiards, and more modern appurtenances such as flat-screen TVs and butler robots. This spirit of old-school personal service showcased amid elegant, throwback décor has helped Kennedy’s win a number of accolades, including the Best Barber Shop award from Orlando Magazine five times, most recently in 2011.
Warehouse lights dangle from the high ceilings of Hopscotch Salon, illuminating the styling chairs and leaving guests with the impression that rogue designers snuck in at midnight to erect the upscale cutting station. More than 15 stylists hone their craft in the open area, along with a full roster of colorists, aestheticians, nail techs, and makeup artists. The crew offers haircuts, highlights, and corrective color, along with bridal updos and extensions. Stylists also carefully select product lines such as Oribe—which are scented with French perfumes—and Bumble and bumble—which are designed to be mixed and layered for custom hair effects.