Noble Salon

Photograph: Julie Bidwell

Curly and frizzy or fine and flyaway, hair presents a challenge each morning, and it is a huge part of how we present ourselves to the world. Noble Salon obsesses about it, and isn’t that what you want in a salon? The stylists and friendly staff here can tackle the cut that’s perfect for you and the moment, and advise you on special treatments, like color or conditioning, then polish it off with expert styling. You’ll leave the salon looking for the camera, and feeling like your better self.

848 High Ridge Rd., Stamford, 203-322-8483; noblesalon.com


H Salon

Combing through the many, many options for hair salons, men may be tempted to simply retreat to the barber shop they’ve been visiting for just as many years. But our readers would advise them to give H Salon a shot. They’re betting that men will enjoy the friendly attention they get when they enter the salon, and, just as important, they’ll love their new cut. More than ever, men are opting for individualized styles and trying expert coloring, hair treatments and a range of multitasking hair products. The options are endless. Lots of choices and all worth it. Looking good, gentlemen; we look forward to seeing your post-salon photos on Facebook.

2060 Post Rd., Fairfield, 203-255-0798; hsaloncolorcutdesign.com


The Color Café

Maybe you’re covering the gray or maybe you’re just in the mood for something different—swing by The Color Café to find your new best friend: a talented colorist. Talk about the options that will work for you, whether it’s trying a whole new color (blonde for summer, perhaps), adding fresh face-framing highlights (we all need a lesson in lightening up) or digging a totally new look (embrace your wild side and go for that color you’ve been considering for years). The master colorists here are all trained in the latest trends and techniques, which should reassure you that when you leave with a new look, you’ll be turning heads for all the right reasons.

23 Benedict Pl., Greenwich, 203-769-1929; colorcafestudio.com


H Salon

We love a big event—a gala fundraiser, a graduation, a wedding, dinner with the in-laws—as much as the next person, but that’s only because we learned where the beautiful people are getting their hair done: H Salon. We’re not experts in what to do with our hair. Sure, we live with it day in, day out, but sometimes, like for that big day, we need help with styling. The pros at H Salon are ready and able to delight you with a perfect blow out and/or updo that renews your faith that a girl’s best friend is actually her hair—and hairstylist. (See also “Men’s Salon.”)

2060 Post Rd., Fairfield, 203-255-0798; hsaloncolorcutdesign.com


Noëlle Spa

Even warriors need a touch of TLC occasionally. That’s why our Gold Coast voters championed Noëlle Spa for Beauty and Wellness. Hair, spa, health and healing treatments and therapies here remind you of your softer side and the practical and luxurious reasons to indulge in head-to-toe pampering. Put yourself in a spa pro’s hands and see what magic can be done for mind, body and soul with a massage, facial, makeup application, hair styling and more. You’ll leave the spa ready to take on the world.

1100 High Ridge Rd., Stamford, 203-322-3445; noelle.com


Celia B. Waxing & Skin Care Clinic

Those who get facials regularly will tell you that they make a big difference in the appearance of their skin. Our readers are turning to Celia B., where they can choose a facial that is suited to their unique concerns: firming, sensitive skin, collagen, deep cleansing, and so on. They even have an option for teens as well as an intraceuticals oxygen facial (to treat the fine lines, premature aging and dark circles that come from, among other stressors, raising a teen). (See also “Waxing.”)

181 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-861-6850; celiabskincare.com


Massage Mavens

Maybe you’re a weekend warrior at the gym, maybe you’re chasing your two kids around, maybe you’re just human. We all need pampering and massage therapy now and again. Massage Mavens works to boost your relaxation and circulation while easing muscle tension. They work out knots, elongate shortened muscles and break down possible scar tissue that inhibits athletic performance. Choose from a list of services. Even better,  a licensed professional will do the work in your own home or office.

203-340-2518; massagemavens.com



Yes! A cosmetic store where you can try colors, lotions and scents; learn application tips that are suitable to your needs; and find a wide range of respected brands. Whether you’ve been doing your own makeup for decades or just starting out, you’ll find trusted products here. Plus, there’s plenty of help, so you’ll never feel like you are lost and on your own, whether you’re looking for ways to improve your makeup, skin care or hair, or pick up essential tools that help perfect your look. Makeup shopping is fun again.

75 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-422-2191
100 Greyrock Pl., Stamford Town Center, 203-388-3824
5065 Main St., Westfield Trumbull Mall, 203-373-7344
Other locations at sephora.com


Shealeen Worby of H Salon

There are times when you should ask yourself: Am I doing this right? Very good question. Even if you think you know your way around a mascara wand and colorful liquid eyeliner, it’s worth asking an expert for his or her opinion. Our Gold Coasters trust Shealeen Worby at H Salon. This makeup artist can help you learn a new technique, consider which products are best for you, and take over and create the ideal look for your big event.

2060 Post Rd., Fairfield, 203-255-0798; hsaloncolorcutdesign.com


Celia B. Waxing & Skin Care Clinic

Waxing may not be something we like to talk about, let’s face it. But when it’s done right, you’ll never have to talk about it. Celia B. is the go-to place for your specific needs. Try microblading your eyebrows (a small bit of color lasts for about a year) or bodysugaring (a gentle alternative to waxing)—two new treatments you’ll want to talk about with your friends at Celia B., of course.

181 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-861-6850; celiabskincare.com


Azena Nail Spa

It’s said that you can learn a lot about people from their shoes. But do you know what else they notice? Those who have perfectly polished fingernails and toenails. Somehow, this extra step makes a big impression, giving you a boost in confidence to put out your hand to shake on a big deal or put your best foot forward when heading out to a party. Our readers hot step it to Azena Nail Spa for just the right color and polish.

1080 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-221-9299
2268 Black Rock Tpke., Fairfield, 203-330-8886