At Defining Moments, owner J.R. Laliberte has expanded the salon services of the former Middlebury Hair Center by adding a full-service barbershop, a menu of spa services, and a team of Redken-certified stylists, nail technicians, and massage therapists that populate the shop seven days a week. Quaint white siding frames the black door that grants guests access to the salon, where hair must run a gauntlet of Redken products, scissors, razors, wax, and hot towels to be molded into chic bobs or perfectly sharpened handlebar moustaches. Defining Moments’ mani-pedis keep nails looking like they just crawled out of a fashion magazine, and aches and pains melt into nothingness during Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and prenatal massages.
Professional Barber Shop’s flagship storefront has stood in downtown Hartford ever since 1927, remaining as a testament to a time when hot-lather shaves and shoe shines were routine. Now with three Connecticut locations, Professional Barber Shop stays true to that era by offering an array of gentlemen’s grooming services and pamphlets touting the benefits of measles vaccines.
While sipping a cold drink or hot coffee, guests enjoy haircare treatments that toe the line between practicality and indulgence. Basic trims leave hairdos and beards looking well coiffed. Straight razors swipe through hot lather and shear away stubble before a cooling dollop of aftershave lotion. Gentlemen’s facials in a 1920s style can indulge cheekbones with 3 Lucky Tigers massage creams and as many as 10 steaming towels. Once finished, guests can return home sporting a pair of freshly shined shoes and a timelessly dapper look.
Taking up 1,200-square feet of Ricci’s, Hero Barbering brings to mind an old-school barbershop. Though the inspiration for the space is traditional, the styles they offer are anything but old and tired: they cut everything from conservative crewcuts to mohawks. Hero’s team is also well-versed in the art of the hot shave. A beer or soft drink complements every appointment, while sports on a flat-screen TV and jovial barbershop banter keep guests entertained throughout their session.
The stylists at Hair Works Family Hair Care have seen it all. That comes with the territory when you work at a salon that caters to every member of the family—men, women, children, and Alfs. Their service menu is as varied as their client list; elite designer cuts transform shaggy manes into sleek hairdos, and professional keratin treatments straighten strands to make styling a cinch. Color retouches, highlights, and toners are also on the docket, as are permanent waves.
For years, Gary Haggas collected vintage barbershop memorabilia, including midcentury Belmont barber chairs and a hot-foam shaving machine from the 1950s. Then, in May 2013, he gave his retro artifacts new life by opening his own barbershop in Brookfield. "Once I discovered barbering, I knew it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life," he told the News-Times.
Though the aesthetic at Gary's Barbershop is old-timey, Haggas's cutting skills are up-to-date: with four years of experience and a master-barber apprenticeship under his belt, he expertly cuts men's hair into styles ranging from conservative scissor-cuts to mohawks and leaves skin enticingly smooth with hot-shave sessions. Complimentary beer and flat-screen TVs make the barbershop a comfortable place to hang out, as does Gary's attitude: one of his favorite things about barbering is "meeting people, getting to know clients and watching kids grow," the News-Times reported.
In almost 30 malls sprinkled across four states, Beauty Plus Salon beckons prospective makeover recipients with a fleet of skilled stylists and a colossal selection of professional beauty products. "The beauty industry never slows down," staffers say on Facebook, so "neither do we." That's why mall-goers find Beauty Salon open seven days a week. Between the retail shelves that average 500 nail polish colors, clients get gussied with services that pamper hair, skin, and nails.