Readers' Choice: Best Hair Salon or Barber Shop

They say you have to get a haircut or trim every six weeks but one bad experience can make you never want to go back. Who do you trust to cut your hair?


It can take a while to develop an understanding with the person who wields power over your hair cut and/or color. This person has to listen for what you think you want, perceive what you may not be saying, and be kind enough to stop you from doing something you'll regret. Where do you find such a person? 

This week, Readers' Choice turns its attention to where you go for a good haircut in Gales Ferry or Ledyard.

Our Patch Places directory has a full listing of businesses in town that might fit this bill. Make your recommendations in the comments!

Here’s how the "readers' choice" contest works:

  • We ask a question about your favorites.
  • We invite you to post your nominations in the comments below.
  • You'll be able to suggest a favorite until 5 p.m. Wednesday.


  • We post an article on Thursday that includes a poll with the top nominees.
  • You'll be able to vote until Friday at 9 a.m.
  • On Saturday, we'll announce the winner.

For full Readers' Choice rules click here.

Carol Ann Fegeley Schneider March 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Wasnt sure if this went through, so please count as one vote lol I vote for The Rob Rivers Salon in Mystic, The most Incredible staff, beautiful shop and river views from every window or mirror. carol Schneider
Jo-Anne Dale Hill-Mansfield March 26, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Eric Bowen, Lords & Ladys
Scott March 26, 2012 at 04:17 PM
How about "A Touch of Elegance" its actually in Ledyard and she does a great job.
Pam Ensley March 26, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Hands down the best salon is Mirror Image and owner Tina Jenkins is the best of the best!!
taxpayer/teacher March 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Heads Up Salon in Montville~Amber Scheetz is fabulous. Great cuts/Great color!
Bonnie Kilgus March 26, 2012 at 10:14 PM
That's easy. Mirror image is the best salon in the gales ferry,Ledyard and Groton area.Tina Jenkins does a superb job in all aspects of style, color and cuts.
B-Mom March 27, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Helia and Molly are fabulous at A Touch of Elegance. I always feel relaxed after a fantastic wash and cut!
Sharon Stegall March 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Definitely A Touch of Elegance for my entire family!
Joanna Lame March 27, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I've been going to A Touch of Elegance for at least a couple of years. Helia and Mollie are the best. I look forward to my visits and leave feeling like a million bucks!!
Lucinda Johnson March 27, 2012 at 08:54 PM
A Touch of Elegance is the best!! Great service & professional staff! Love Helia & Mollie!!
gail mcintyre March 27, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I agree Heads Up Salon is not in the Gales Ferry area. Amber was at one of the Gales Ferry Salons and opened her own Salon in Montville. She is the best. My whole family followed her.
Samantha March 28, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Heads up salon!! Amber is a personal friend and the only person I let do my hair and my kids hair! She's amazing!! I refer her to all my friends!
Sarah March 28, 2012 at 01:53 AM
ok Heads Up Salon I agree also. I moved here two years ago(in navy) I started seeing her at Mirror Image in Ledyard and followed her to her very own salon in Montville. She does great work and has a wonderful personality. I recommend all my navy friends to her!! Great work Amber!!
Bill Robinson March 28, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Need a fade?? amber at Heads Up salon in montville my vote goes for her
mike campbell March 28, 2012 at 04:09 AM
I cut my own hair.the wife & kids aren't as trusting,so they all go to amber at heads up in montville.
pat Winsor March 28, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Heads Up Salon in Montville! hands down. Amber knows hair trends. Does the best color I have ever had..most of all she doesnt rush and makes sure your face is clean from hair dye! A true professional/ Pat Winsor
Kathy I. March 28, 2012 at 01:31 PM
My whole family drives ten min out of Ledyard to Heads Up Salon. She is a young professional doing it on her own. You will be pleased!
Mary Harris March 28, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I live in Ledyard, but recommend escaping from your local gossip salons and flying over to Amber at Heads Up Salon where you will recieve a super color/cut evertime at a great price. I have been seeing her now for almost 5 years!!8608484323 thanks!
Tessie March 28, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I have to agree, I'm one of the many that followed Amber from Ledyard to her own place in Montville (Heads Up Salon) I always get a great cut & color, great prices, relaxing atmosphere.
rich vetrano March 28, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Gabes barber shop on 184 is the place to go for a men's cut. great guys there and conversation there is always the best
Mary W March 28, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Holly at Beyond The MIrror in Ledyard (right beside Holdrige's).....I discovered her a few years ago and have been going to her ever since. She is excellent and keeps up with schooling and has several awards for coloring. Plus it's so handy!
Michelle March 28, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I trust Heads up salon with my whole family and recommend everyone there! The navy base just wasn't doing it for my boys anymore and they love Amber!
Patty B March 28, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Amber Scheetz - Heads Up Salon ROCKS!
Jessica A March 30, 2012 at 06:23 PM
A Touch of Elegance... Helia always does an amazing job on my hair, no matter what I ask of her. She makes the impossible, possible. The shop is so warm and welcoming, I always look forward to my appointment!
Gladys Ramos March 30, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I have to say that, A Touch of Elegance is the best salon in Ledyard. Very professional staff, I just love Helia and Mollie


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