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.
A graduate of the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, Rachel Felson helms New Haven Rolfing, where she performs the specialized service in an effort to release built-up tensions and adhesions in clients of varying ages and backgrounds. During Rolfing sessions, Felson manually loosens connective tissue, or fascia, by kneading the labyrinthine network with her fingers, hands, and elbows. After roughly one hour of the holistic bodywork, visitors may notice an improvement in their health, observing higher levels of elasticity in their tissue and a greater feeling of balance on tightrope commutes to work. Among its myriad benefits, Rolfing boasts the ability to improve individuals’ posture, decrease anxiety levels, and amplify energy for long-distance pogo-stick marathons.
Rimagé's licensed body coddlers treat dermises to a mix of flowing touches and gentle exfoliation coupled with quality skincare products. A selection of massages features the Swedish techniques of pairing long, fluid strokes with an assortment of pressures to improve flexibility and muscle tone and release the tension of being caught making out with your reflection on the side of a lobster tank. Customers who choose a European facial transport pores across the pond to bathe in expertly applied natural ingredients. While a gentle mask or compress cleanses and refreshes visages, mild massages of the neck, face, and décolleté complete a full upper-body pampering, and all customers leave with a recommended care regimen to fool gullible skin into thinking it never left the spa.
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.
Salon Ivanova turns mangled manes into lush locks in the calm comforts of a sleek, modern establishment. Relax frazzled follicles with the revitalizing Tea Tree Hair and Scalp Treatment from Paul Mitchell (a $40 value). Tresses tingle as shea butter and soy proteins repair strands, and tea-tree oil, peppermint, and lavender leave hair smelling like a fresh-picked barrel of angel laughter. The treatment comes to a tickled conclusion with a blow-dry and style (a $35 value), thereby allowing remixed guests to depart with a renewed sense of swagger. On their way out the door, guests can freely peruse the salon's on-site boutique, which stocks a variety of leading brands.