Surrounded by the cool tones of Salon 141’s icelandic blue walls and chocolate wood-framed mirrors, stylists cultivate face-flattering cuts tailored to the client's lifestyle. Helmed by stylist Suzzanne and manicurist Lisa, each who draw on 18 years of expertise, the team performs Keratin treatments and Brazilian blowouts to straighten frazzled manes, while experienced aestheticians wax away unwanted hair, revitalize visages with custom facials, or foster a UV-free glow with a full-body airbrush tan. Clients can also relax as a certified manicurist spoils nails with mani-padis, Shellac polish, and oral histories of little piggies and their entrepreneurial exploits.
Many of Hair & Nail Excellence's clients have been loyal customers for years. But it's not the exposed brick walls and elegant wooden paneling they're coming back for; those are fairly new. It's the attentive pampering the staff pours on every person who walks through the door. With head-to-toe beauty services, licensed stylists and cosmetologists breathe new life into dull hairdos and nails, prepping guests for special occasions or merely devising whole new everyday looks. They factor in professional products such as Moroccan Oil, Matrix, and OPI during their signature hair and nail services and offer Fake Bake tans to get skin glowing and ward off the attention of amorous snowmen.
Though the exposed pipes, elegantly dark wood floors, and high ceilings of Amitie Hair Studio give an industrial feel to the salon, the styles coming out the door couldn't be more different. The staff specialize in romantic, flowy looks, courtesy of their Brazilian keratin treatments and Japanese perms. These help change the natural texture of hair, whether it is pin-straight or full of kinks, to create face-framing layers that flow together. Once hair has the correct body and texture, they can then cut it into trendy styles or add a touch of color to give it dimension. In addition, they do makeovers to help you look your best for special events such as weddings and the annual magic-mirror convention.
Clients stepping into any one of Connecticut's five 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 six times, most recently in 2013.
Elie Esper, the creative director and founder of his eponymous salon, has shown off his talents on magazine covers and runways from Paris to the Middle East, and was the official hairstylist of Couture Fashion Week in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Though his avant-garde designs have won international acclaim for more than 16 years, he still takes pride in beautifying brides before their trips down the aisle. Drawing on professional products from Kérastase, he washes away dirt and wig powder before infusing strands with color and sculpting shapes that defy both gravity and convention. His ability to bridge the gap between elegant and edgy attracts brides from around the world to Elie Esper Salon for wedding consultations and trial runs.