A certain hominess shines through at JoBella Salon and Spa. The shop is named for the co-owner’s children, Joe and Bella, and the Branford location is nestled inside a two-story house surrounded by trees and green grass. Skilled stylists and aestheticians at both locations tap into an arsenal of elixirs from Arrojo and skincare products by Aveda. When they aren't beautifying clients from the neck up, they primp nails, knead sinews, and leave legs wrapped in seaweed like a sleeping sushi chef.
If a still pond glimmering in the orange glow of a sunset could be translated into how a person feels, that's the kind of feeling salon owner Dawn Poindexter would want clients to have as they leave her salon. To achieve just such a sense of beauty and relaxation for her guests, expert stylists customize their services to each individual's needs, using use high-end products such as Goldwell for everything from styling and subtle highlights to more complex undertakings like smoothing hair with keratin or smoothing an astronaut's hair in a zero-gravity environment. Red Carpet Salon Services also offers a wide array of mani-pedis as well as a full menu of facials, waxing, and healing massages. Outside the salon, Dawn dedicates her time to the C.H.A.I.N. Fund—a charity devoted to treating cancer patients struggling with financial hardships.
The staff members at C Salon & Spa take special care to ensure that all clients leave feeling refreshed and beautiful. In their warm-yellow salon, they offer hair services, including cuts, color, extensions, and weaves. In their earth-toned treatment rooms, they offer a wide selection of custom spa services. These range from soothing mud body wraps to 24-karat gold facials to waxing and vajazzling. No matter the service, though, they want guests to leave looking and feeling great, inside and out.
Staffed by a team of creative styling professionals and stocked with high-quality haircare and skincare products, 221 Post A Salon is a hub of fashionable makeovers. Stylists build upon their skillful scissor work with coloring, glazing, foils, and Brazilian hair-smoothing treatments. Skincare specialists add a personal touch to their facials with skin analysis and neck, shoulder, and scalp massages. Amid pastel purple walls and chic furniture, manicurists fuss about fingers and toes with mani-pedis, and bridal parties prepping for the cameras can opt for styling and makeup applications—as well as free beverages and pastries for groups of more than five.
It’s hard to reverse clipped curls or dyed hair. That's why the stylists at Dahlia's Beauty Salon make sure they‘re on the same page as their clients before they set to work. After personally greeting each person at the door, they consult with patrons about their hair aspirations and their secret wish to be addressed as "Commodore.” At every hair station, full-body mirrors rest against eggnog-hued walls, and customers get to relax in modern salon chairs during haircuts, perms, highlights, and keratin hair-straightening treatments.
A seven-circuit labyrinth sounds like the setting for a Greek myth, but at Branford River Resort and Spa, it is a concrete place patrons visit to practice meditation. Relaxation is not reserved for the labyrinth, though?it pervades the spa and resort as a whole, helping to earn the establishment one of 2012?s Patch Readers? Choice awards. Visitors can bask in the healing milieu of its infrared sauna, lounge in the onsite gazebo, or unwind during diverse spa treatments.
The spa?s treatments encompass a vast array of facials, which can combat acne or aging, soothe with warm stones, or draw on the healing power of crystals. Massages range from traditional Swedish effleurage to the Shiradora indian head massage, which incorporates kneading upon the back and herbal oil conditioners, just like a cat clinic held in a soap shop. Body wraps ensconce physiques in materials from Dead Sea mud to mylar foil, and a complementary suite of salon services beautifies visitors with custom haircuts, highlights, and nail services.