Owner Nancy Aponte is a 36-year veteran of the styling game and an advocate for eco-friendly styling alternatives. Some years ago, she became concerned with the toxic effects of hair-color products, and opted instead for more earth-conscious method. This approach has helped earn Aponte a nod as Best Eco-Friendly Salon 2012 in Fairfield County from the New Haven Advocate. Now in the comfort of her cozy studio, Nancy's crew of skilled stylists can transform tresses with organic coloring products, nix unwanted hair with body-sugaring treatments, or unblock energy channels with private reiki healing sessions.
The skilled stylists at Salon 25 spice up hair with modern cuts, feather extensions, and bright new hues inside elegant confines that surround visitors with gleaming wood floors, fancy sconces, and cream and crimson walls. The well-educated scissor wielders snip locks into the latest styles and shift hair shades more expertly than a chameleon shifts political positions during its presidential campaign. Stylists can add personal touches to bobs or flowing layers with feather extensions, boost glimmer levels with Pro Hair Tinsel extensions, or steamroll curls with keratin hair-smoothing treatments.
Winner of a 2011 Best of Monroe Award by the US Commerce Association, Salon DARIN refreshes stale styles for men and women. The staff deals in hair’s many dimensions, sprucing up color, updating texture with smoothing treatments, and shaping styles to compliment clients’ lifestyles. Through each service, stylists douse hair in professional products such as Moroccanoil, which washes away traces of residue and protects individual strands with essential-oil ingredients.
But the salon’s blue walls bear witness to more than just hair clippings abandoning heads for more lucrative work within a trashcan. Aestheticians refresh faces with Plantogen products or wax away unwanted hair, and massage therapists usurp strained muscles in private treatment rooms.
Atop a table in a soothing white massage room, clients unwind with calming massages administered by the adroit hands at Red Wine Spa. Here, visitors can take comfort in the fragrant bliss of aromatherapy and the welcome heat of hot-stone massages; alternatively, they can relish the human companionship of a couples massage, which makes it easier to believe that there are no monsters lurking under the massage table. Other ameliorative treatments include ear-candle therapy and traditional foot reflexology.
VIP Tanning gives clients' skin a sun-kissed look with both tanning beds and airbrush tanning booths. Inside the salon's pale blue walls, clients can choose from low-, mid-, and high-intensity tanning beds for a bronzing experience that fits their complexion. For a UV-free alternative, clients can enter the Norvell Auto Revolution spray tan booth, where oscillating airbrushes coat bodies in a misting tanning solution, leaving behind an even, streak-free bronze.