Named Best Hair Salon in Hartford by the Hartford Advocate, L Designs cuts, colors, and styles hairs to the height of follicle fashion. Shape up with a shampoo, haircut, and blow-dry ($40 and up), tame wild locks with a straightening treatment ($100 and up), or get long enough hair to be used as climbing rope with extensions (pricing varies). Friendly, experienced colorists can change tone ($72 and up), selectively shade ($100 and up), or hold hands with a first-time coloree ($90 and up).
Salon Glo's nail designers lacquer lackluster reachers with long-lasting products by Shellac and OPI. Relax in a warm bath of natural light as expert technicians cover finger shields with the innovative Shellac gel-polish hybrid, whose resistance to chipping significantly reduces the need to wear thimbles while brushing pet porcupines. Shellac keeps nails shiny, colorful, and uniformly dressed for up to two weeks and usually removes at a rate of about one minute per finger. With either option for today's deal, Salon Glo treats toenails to their own round of lavishing, polishing each piggy with a selection of radiant pigments. In the basic manicure, brush wielders buff, shape and paint fingernails, leaving hands glossed and ready to elbow feet out of stylish summer sandals.
The training never stops for Shalon’s stylists. By keeping up with the latest trends and hair-care techniques, they are able to help clients design a dramatic new look or recreate classic styles. Although the stylists rely on their shears to trim split ends and carefully build layers into hairstyles, they can also use deep conditioning treatments, and coloring and texturizing products to create a more striking, vibrant appearance.
While one staffer carefully draws on an intricate henna tattoo, another uses two twisted threads to cleanly remove unwanted facial hair. This is the Threading & Henna Salon, where the team specializes in Indian beauty services, including herbal facials. The licensed aestheticians are also experts in waxing and makeup applications, which they can tailor to a night out, a wedding, or an afternoon black-tie barbecue.
Inspired by her heritage, owner Paula Anzellotti named her salon Forbici, which translates to “scissors” in Italian. Anzellotti opened the salon with consultant Deena Fazzio, recruiting experienced beauty professionals to upgrade clients' hair, nails, and skin. Cuts and colors add subtle or dramatic changes to hair dos, and waxes groom brows, lips, and chins. Nail technician Michael draws from more than 30 years of experience to make fingertips and toenails look sharp and professional as they scratch lotto tickets.
Unlike the playground game it takes its name from, Rock Paper Scissors Hair Salon has nothing to do with competition. Instead, the staff members—who have more than 35 years of combined experience—emphasize cooperation as they work closely with their clients to craft personalized looks with their extensive assortment of hair services. Inside the modern and sleek salon, in which red fixtures dangle like stalactites, the stylists work their magic with high-end products from Goldwell, L'Oréal, Simply Smooth, and Moroccanoil. The team also encourages clients to enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, wine, or their choice of a high-five or bear hug—but customers must supply the bear.