New Hartford Spa – An Aveda Salon


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image5555Blue Salon & Spa

Only a jitney ride away, Blue Salon and Spa is really a diamond in the shopping center rough. The spa is located next to Ann Taylor, just a walk across the parking lot from the movie theatre. This newly opened salon offers high-end goods and services from Aveda, a company known for it’s botanically-based, environmentally- friendly makeup, skincare and hair care products.
Blue Salon was opened in September 2008—a tough time for any fledgling business. However, they have enjoyed a flourishing first few months; owner Lisa McKnight attributes their success to the fact that they are one of the only high-end salons in the area.
Although the spa strives for a luxurious experience, haircuts are very reasonably priced for such a salon. For $30, an associate designer will give you a wash, cut, dry, and even a scalp massage, all using Aveda’s beautifully-scented products. For $40 and up, McKnight, a master designer will put her 22 years of hair-cutting, dying, and styling experience to use perfecting your coif.
Massages and facials are also very popular at the salon. Blue features a “Corrective Elemental Nature” facial for stressed skin, which includes exfoliation, face and neck massage, and addresses your individual skin concerns, whether you have dry, sensitive, or oily skin.
Blue also offers a “botanical skin-resurfacing anti-aging facial,” a “skin- renewing treatment” that improves skin slowly over the course of several treatments, a “plant peel,” to exfoliate skin, and a “rosemary mint awakening body wrap.”
Not one to skimp on the perks, Blue also includes a free footbath with each facial, as well as the scalp massage with each hair service. Additionally, be sure to ask for the Aveda tea. It’s rather pricey to buy—about $14 for a box of 20 tea bags— but it’s complementary at the spa and delightfully relaxing.
The salon’s hours are also quite generous; many salons aren’t open on Sundays or Mondays, and often close rather early. Blue Salon, however, is open 10-9 from Tuesday to Saturday, 12- 5 Sundays and 2- 9 on Mondays.

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