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.
Though its name might suggest otherwise, Miracle Eyebrows works its magic on more than just one body part. But when it comes to eyebrows, staffers use a 6,000 year-old method to remove stray hairs by deftly manipulating simple cotton thread across the skin. Aside from threading, the studio also offers body waxing and traditional Henna tattoos.
One of MadeMan's 10 Best Day Spas in Connecticut, Lavender Fields provides patrons with a range of services aimed at keeping bodies looking and feeling pampered. Unmitten your mitts for a classic manicure ($18) to leave your fingers ready for hours of glamorous poking and pointing. A spa pedicure ($40) complements the hand holiday, starting with an aromatherapy spa foot bath followed by nail shaping, a lower-leg and foot exfoliation, moisturizing, and a coat of polish or buff to leave your toes ready for emergency counting duties. Like pied pipers of pleasure, Lavender Fields' massage therapists are trained to coax tension out of bodies and lock it in a closet. Hit your aches and pains with a 60-minute dose of blood-oxygenating Swedish massage ($75), or penetrate through to muscles living in caves far beneath the skin's surface with a deep-tissue massage ($75). An hour-long sports massage ($75) can melt stress and salve muscles, helping bodies prepare for or recuperate from taxing physical activities.
Backed by their intensive training and certification in venous-disease treatment, Dr. Alex Afshar and his team beautify skin and reduce discomfort with minimally invasive treatments. After one-on-one consultations, the medical professionals shrink varicose vascular tissue with laser or radiofrequency ablation, or help banish spider veins with sclerotherapy injections. In addition to promoting healthy veins, the staff at Vein Institute of Connecticut restores youthful tones to facial spaces with Juvéderm and Botox, and boosts the body's natural defenses against dust and eye-pokes with Latisse eyelash supplements.
Cara Bartkus is never in a rush. Long before opening her own spa, she first attended the Institute of Aesthetic Arts & Sciences, then became a certified aesthetician, and later worked at several spas to gather all the experience necessary to become a well-rounded aesthetician. She also augments her treatments by laying candles throughout the small spa space and by using Eve Taylor products made with organic essential oils.
Although the stylists at Headlines are whiz kids when it comes to traditional salon services and product lines by Goldwell, Wella, and Schwarzkopf, they do more than just manipulate existing hairdos—they also help clients regrow thinning strands with their signature laser hair-therapy sessions. The sessions use low-level-laser energy to noninvasively energize strands, which causes them to sprout like sunflowers in a tanning bed full of Miracle-Gro. After 6–12 months of weekly treatments, men and women can sport a fuller-looking head of hair.