An Aveda concept salon, Shine staffs expert aestheticians who woo customers with a comprehensive menu of beautifying and calming services. Haircuts ($35 for women, $20 for men) feature complimentary head, neck, and scalp massages to calm scissor-fearing tendrils, while non-scalp follicles can be sentenced to waxing, from simple lip pruning ($10 and up) to a full Brazilian deforestation ($65 and up). A manicure ($20) and pedicure ($35–$65) can restore shoddy digit tips to their original state of glamour. Pre-prettified figures can revel in a 30-, 60-, or 90-minute signature relaxation massage ($35–$85) from the licensed therapist, which features an effleurage barrage designed to ward off tax nightmares and melt away tensions. This Groupon can also be used toward products or pricier services such as the aromatherapy hot-stone massage ($80 for 60 min., $110 for 90 min.), which blots out agitation with essential-oil scents and sizzling basalt rocks.
In 2012, Salon 2000 helped 38 people donate 469 inches of hair to help create wigs for children suffering from medical hair loss. As part of the Spread the Love campaign organized by Matrix, the salon provides fundraising and charitable opportunities for Locks of Love and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Salon 2000 also offers a 20% discount on all new products to clients who bring in gently used products. The salon donates these products to Casa de Vida, a nonprofit organization that provides housing for pregnant women aged 12–22 who are experiencing homelessness.
When owner Rhonda Clark and her team of stylists, manicurists, and an aesthetician aren’t helping make the world a better place, they are helping clients feel better about their appearances. They cut off split ends and add rich hues to strands. They shape nails and tend to cuticles and remove unwanted hair with waxing. They also treat skin problems with targeted microzone treatments.
Named best massage/facial service by Connecticut magazine for five years running, Tranquility places an emphasis on natural, holistic treatments. Customers enter a lobby decorated in soothing earth tones through a portal wreathed with vines, where they can then choose their preferred method of relaxation, beautification, and stress lancing. The light-to-medium pressure of a Swedish massage can improve muscle tone and stimulate circulation that stalls during the course of long workdays and transcontinental boat rides in sedentary soil boxes. The Rejuvenating facial, with its deep cleansing, toning, exfoliation, mask, and extractions, can hydrate the skin and reduce evidence of aging. Additionally, customers who spend a total of $400 (including this Groupon) in November and December at the spa and attached shop will receive a $50 gift certificate though the Shop and Save Days program.
Charlene Janssen breathes new life into her clients' hairdos with modern cuts, vibrant color, and on-trend styling. Whether she's doing a simple trim or an entire overhaul, she'll work hair so that it frames the client's face and gels with their features and personality. She also smoothes unruly manes with blowouts, and enhances locks with highlights or full color, which can help clients imitate their favorite celebrity or Founding Father. Charlene works out of Just Your Style Salon, part of a team of specialists who also offer nail treatments and skincare.