Healthy Living: Spa Centric


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You can never have too many friends

When The Spa at Norwich Inn became a Facebook member in February 2009, it was told that scoring 250 fans in its first year would be an admirable goal. Its “likes” currently number 1,316—and counting.

What’s all the fuss? “We have a kindhearted and compassionate community of fans and we spend a huge amount of time keeping them informed,” says the spa’s Peggie Cosgrove. Make nice with the spa and you’ll be among the first to know about new treatments, promotions, giveaways. . . .

“You just never know what you’ll find out about,” adds Juliet Cavanaugh of the Spa of Essex’s Facebook presence. “Social media is how we do all our direct marketing now.” There may be free samples to give away or “it could be a slow Sunday and we post a special for 15 percent off massages if guests c’mon in and get it while it’s hot.’”

Red Door Spas likewise use both Facebook and Twitter to connect with guests. “Our fans will see the latest tips and trends from our experts, be able to participate in exclusive giveaways and contests, and learn about last-minute openings and specials,” says Cornelia Zicu. Soon there will even be an app for that. “A Red Door application is on the horizon,” she promises.

An afterthought no more

“Healthy hair used to be an afterthought,” says Alison Risley of Warren-Tricomi Salon in Greenwich. It was all about cut and color—not what was going on at the root of it all, so to speak. “Now you have choices,” she says. “Now you have options.” You absolutely will find whatever you need to protect the health of your hair, whether it’s thick or fine, straight, color-treated or curly.

Consider The “Tahitian Hair & Scalp Treatment” at Rituals Spa in Guilford, which uses monoi oil (a blend of coconut oil and Tahitian gardenias), Mayflower Inn & Spa’s “Scalp Facial,” which uses organic botanical oils to cleanse the scalp and then restore, hydrate and condition your hair while massaging you into oblivion, or, if you’re really having a bad hair day, the “Barex Shock Treatment” at the salon at Contours Spa & Wellness in Bloomfield—a pull-out-all-the-stops, deep-down conditioning treatment for dry, dull or chemically processed hair. Speaking of which . . .

Are you due for some color? The name to ask for is L’Oréal Professional’s new INOA hair color, which debuted in May. “It stands for ‘innovation, no ammonia,’” explains Risley, and uses an oil delivery system that “delivers incredible shine without any burning or itching of the scalp.” And “because the lipid levels in your hair remain the same, you can now play with color and not worry about the damage,” she adds.

So you’re feeling the pinch

You’re far from alone. The good news is: The spas hear ya, sister, and in response have revamped their offerings to offer shorter, less-expensive treatment options—or, in many cases, a sampling thereof.

Adam Broderick Salon & Spa in Ridgefield and Southbury allows you to zoom in for “express” services like a 15-minute “De-stress Scalp Massage,”  30-minute “De-stress Reflexology,” 30-minute “Express Facial” or revved-up “Ocean Mineral Rejuvenating Body Polish.”  Meanwhile,  Red Door’s “Time Saver” series includes a quickie pedicure, “Olive Oil Body Glow” and even microdermabrasion.

Elemis Spa is offering a “BFF Package” through December that includes 25 minutes each of attention devoted to back (massage), face (refresher facial) and feet (foot massage). At Shear Artistry Day Spa & Salon in Avon, you can try a little bit of this and a little bit of that via an “Express Package” that includes a half-hour massage, express facial, express pedicure and paraffin hand dip.

Finally, a staple at Parisian Salon & Day Spa in Cromwell is “A Taste of Parisian”—a mini deluxe facial, 30-minute massage, express pedicure and traditional manicure.
See you in two weeks

There’s just one word you need to know when it comes to the latest and greatest thing in nails: Shellac. Launched by Creative Nail Design (CND) in June, Shellac “goes on like a nail polish but is actually a gel [the company calls it a ‘UV color coat’] that you set under ultraviolet light,” explains Samantha Moore of Elemis. The result? No chipping, no peeling, no drying time, no need for touch-ups between manicures and—best of all—it lasts for 14 days. Oh, yeah: “Our clients love it,” says Alison Risley—and who can blame them?

Opt for a mani or go for the pedi, but do keep in mind that since this is such a new product, your color choices will be limited to a dozen shades. With French-manicure neutrals covered and a red-hot Wildfire on the palette, not to mention that glossy “mirrorlike” shine, we have a feeling you will happily make do.

Healthy Living: Spa Centric

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