Fringe 125 Salon does more than just cut hair; the staff's mission is to combine "creative, classic, and cutting edge styling." Inside a modern and upscale spa-like space, they achieve this not just by shortening strands, but also by curating a menu of services that includes coloring, blow-outs, and various straightening treatments. They render all of these aesthetic flourishes with a conscientious commitment to maintaining the highest eco-friendly standards possible. The salon is decorated with reclaimed wood, uses energy-efficient lighting, and favors natural hair-care lines over products that harm the environment, such as Doomsday Device brand hair dryers.
The seasoned aestheticians at Artisex tap into a cache of elixirs sourced from plants and minerals to cloak bodies in comfort and beauty. They perform a suite of services, pampering fingers and toes with mani-pedis, rejuvenating mugs with a host of facials, and encouraging retirement of Dolly Parton wigs with permanent-hair-coloring services.
Although his salon is nestled in the suburbs, Vincent Palumbo and his team have made plenty of waves in the urban world—some styled for the Michael Kors Fall 2011 trunk show, others sculpted the locks of Armani Prive models in Paris for the Fall 2010 show, and still others have handled tresses featured in People magazine. Palumbo has worked hard for this kind of success. He’s sheared locks in Fairfield for more than 30 years, working his way up from salon assistant to owner of a salon that made Beauty Entertainment magazine’s Hot 100 Salons in America. There, in a sprawling space with high ceilings and black-and-white photographs, Palumbo and his team treat hair to precision cuts, adding colors that range from golden blond to the red of a fire engine that’s just been kissed. They also transform hair texture with treatments such as thermal relaxers and Coppola keratin hair straightening.
Greg & Tony Salon initiated its long, intertwined relationship with curly hair more than three decades ago. Its stylists have mastered all sorts of trends throughout the years, from feathering and waves to keratin straightening. In 2003, they earned the rare designation of becoming a Ouidad affiliate, becoming experts in a line of products and set of techniques designed especially for curls.
Today, Ouidad-certified specialists—including founding stylist Tony himself—cut and style hair of every texture, enhancing natural curls as they assemble updos or moisturize waves. The salon's stylists can also straighten out kinks with Blow products and campfire stories about unruly hair that met a grim fate. Although most of the salon's energies are spent making hair more voluminous and striking, other staff do exactly the opposite by waxing customers from brow to foot.
Refreshing facials and a variety of massage modalities, including hot stone and prenatal, helped to secure Born of Earth Spa's first- and second-place nods in the Best of Fairfield County Readers' Poll in 2012. The spa's staff also ushers in relaxation with seaweed mud wraps and blueberry-smoothie peels, both designed to gently detoxify the skin. A plush banquette with pillows ensures that pedicures are cozy experiences, cradling clients as they sip warm tea or have their toes transformed into beautiful french braids.