Black accents stylishly pop against the purple walls of Jules Salon, surrounding clients in chic elegance synonymous with the styling crew’s hair-snipping abilities. With 16 years of experience of her own, the eponymous stylist proudly works alongside her handpicked staff—Gina, Julia (“JJ”), and Lindsay—updating coifs with precision cuts, expert color treatments, and a few other tricks hidden up their sleeves. Masterfully executed products by Alfaparf Milano take standard color treatments, such as full or partial highlights and full-blown color swaps, to a whole new level, and potent Blue Rain conditioning serums repair broken and damaged strands better than wallowing in a pint of ice cream and listening to “All by Myself” on loop. The team retexturizes curly-cued mop tops with La Brasiliana keratin treatments and adds hair-flip worthy length with professional extensions.
Kenneth Paul Salon's staff of savvy stylists pampers clients with a bevy of beautifying hair services. Women can tend to unruly head tresses with a cut and style, good for achieving a perfectly buoyant bob or luxurious long layers ($35). Gentlemen can relinquish wild man manes to a scissor-wielding follicle sculptor for a haircut, surrounding rugged mugs with firm strand frames ($17). A root coloring tints threads well below coiffure canopies ($65), and partial-foil highlights decorate head fur with dynamic shocks of color ($75). More than cuts and coloring, Kenneth Paul specializes in keratin treatments (starting at $300) and waxes brows, lips, and chins ($10 each). Customers must call ahead to schedule appointments.
The licensed massage therapists and aestheticians at Sammi Gene Salon and Spa delight patrons with relaxing massages and purifying body wraps. During the 60-minute European body massage, a muscle kneader coaxes tension from backs with dedicated strokes, gentle pressure, and promises of trips to the zoo. Clients who opt for the seaweed wrap can choose between two marine-grass modalities. The re-mineralizing seaweed wrap increases skin's capacity for moisture, imbuing it with a refreshed glow and raising the ire of jealous camels, and the detoxifying seaweed wrap first hydrates skin and then siphons away the absorbed fluid, leaving bodies svelte and clean.
As a reward for selling the most Kérastase products while working at Gioia Salon in Texas, Alda Membrino won a trip to Italy. She didn't use it as a vacation from her career, however—nearly every moment was spent studying the hair coloring and cutting techniques of the country's masterful stylists. She flaunts this dedication to her craft at Windsor Salon and Spa, where she rejuvenates hair with Neuma organic shampoo, paraben- and DEA-free AG hair products, and hair color made with a yogurt base and natural ingredients.
For the rest of the body, Alda removes unwanted hair with either standard wax or a sugar formula composed entirely of natural ingredients and Santa's unused candy canes. The expert rounds out her service menu with spa staples such as manicures and pedicures, hot-stone massages, and facials that exfoliate with seaweed or glycolic acids.
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.