The experienced staffers at Serenity Salon & Day Spa each have a different area of expertise. Theresa can apply eyelash extensions or skincare treatments, and her co-owner, Stacy, draws upon training in Redken hair systems to color and pamper locks. Bonnie performs massages in Swedish, reiki, and prenatal modalities. In treatment rooms, the skincare staff rectifies an array of issues, from aging skin to acne to sudoku-puzzle-shaped rashes. All the salon’s stylists have studied at the Redken Exchange, readying them to administer hair services including semipermanent color, braiding, and highlights.
In the waiting room, long exhalations drift from yoga classes, rustling the leaves of potted bamboo plants. Feet slip across the oriental rugs beneath shelves brimming with Dermalogica products and vases the same pink hue as Santa’s socks when he forgets to separate his colored laundry.
A licensed health professional, Tracy Hill Fisher wields a combination of sterile probes and know-how during hair-removal treatments at Electrolysis of Wallingford. During electrolysis sessions, she uses a fine probe to release a burst of energy in hair follicles, destroying both the cells and the follicles' ability to grow new hairs. Electrolysis, which works on all skin and hair types, leaves treated areas across the body and face permanently hair-free and smooth.
Tommy’s Tanning offers customers more than two dozen bronzing options, from single-session spray tans for special occasions to yearly memberships inside five levels of tanning beds. The vertical and horizontal beds imbue skin with color while cooling faces and playing music for a more comfortable tanning session. For UV-free color, VersaSpa spray-tanning booths coat the skin in a streak-free glow, all while the client stands in a comfortable, wide-open interior.
At LaserMedica, a team of aestheticians and laser technicians works under the direction of physician Fausto Petruzziello, who is a board-certified internist, an international general surgeon, and an assistant professor at Yale. Under Dr. Petruzziello’s supervision, LaserMedica's doctors, physician assistants, and aestheticians combat wrinkles, sun damage, and other signs of aging through Botox, laser skin tightening, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion. They also harness intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy and lasers to destroy pigmented cells causing sun spots and to fade spider veins. The team enhances laser results with SkinMedica products and LaserMedica's own line of posttreatment skincare products, which is blended from ingredients such as rose hips, olive-oil extracts, and fairy tears.
Le Petite Salon & Spa's colorist and stylist Lisa Volosin artfully shapes hair into chic and stylish 'dos with dedication, experience, and scissors. A professionally executed one-hour haircut and blow-dry at the Aveda concept salon gift hardworking heads with a classy renovation, whereas an up-to-three-hour keratin express blowout treatment puts unruly curls on the straight and narrow with Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy by Coppola. A 1.5-hour color, cut, and full head of partial highlights splashes strands with fashionable waves of shade, effectively concealing tiger-stripe scalp tattoos. Warm tea or coffee and a relaxing shampoo prefaces each hair service.
A warm smile and a complimentary cup of coffee greets each client that sets foot in Flair For Hair, a Paul Mitchell salon owned by master designer Joyce-Lyn Altieri and staffed by a team of Paul Mitchell educators. A team member then escorts clients to the Lather Lounge where stylists cleanse strands with indulgent shampoo sessions peppered with head and neck massages. After a careful consultation, stylists break out the scissors or spend some time concocting custom hues at the Color Bar. In addition to facial waxing and makeup services, stylists also set curly strands straight with a 45-minute, formaldehyde-free Bio Ionic KeraSmooth treatment that lasts up to 12 weeks. Before clients leave, stylists demonstrate how to use the latest tools and products to maintain their new styles without resorting to concrete wigs.