Welcome to Essence, a full-service salon and wellness center in beautiful Old Saybrook, Connecticut offering a full range of beauty and relaxation services in an environment that promises to dissolve your stress and relax your mind, body and spirit.

Dear Essence friends and valued guests,
Thank you for your patience and support through these trying times. Our highest Priority is your safety and ours. We are still very strict.

Please call to book a service as they will be by appointment only; walk-ins will not be accepted at this time.

Upon arriving for appointments, please call (860) 388-1002 from your vehicle as the lobby will be closed. Our front desk team will ask you a few questions regarding your health and exposure to COVID-19. The team will then notify you when your stylist is ready.

When you enter the salon please follow instructions from your stylist and allow for six feet social distancing. For your safety and the safety of our staff we will require you to wear a mask; also please only bring essential items to the salon (keys, phone, wallet, etc.) Please leave items like purses, food and water in the car. We also ask that you don’t bring anyone else to your appointment. Hand sanitizer will be provided and we ask that you sanitize your hands upon entering.

*If you exhibit or confirm having any COVID-19 symptoms we will reschedule your appointment honoring regulated quarantine time.

We will do our very best to schedule appointments with increased hours of operation.
Essence will continue to practice the latest in sanitary policies as well as social distancing requirements. Our hours of operation will vary during the upcoming months.
Thank you again for your continued patience and understanding.
So looking forward to seeing you.
Be well and be safe.
The dedicated team of professionals at Essence~



Essence offers the very latest in hair design from a highly professional and friendly staff of stylists and texture waving and color specialists. We also credit our staff for their multifaceted expertise and individual client bases.


We concentrate on using vitamin and antioxidant-based skin care products. Our aestheticians will customize your facial to your unique needs, concerns and skin conditions.


Let us add to the perfection of your wedding day with our special wedding services. We take pride in providing extraordinary expertise in hair and make-up services for all of the bridal party as well as other relatives and guests. We recommend pre-nuptial pampering (massages, facials, pedicures, etc.) to relieve the stress of wedding planning. Please contact our Wedding Coordinator, Rita DiNoia, for a bridal packet and consultation.


Relax and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit in our peaceful, luxurious surroundings.

Relax and Enjoy Our Large Social Distancing Areas and Tranquil Environment at ESSENCE


Our hair stylists are often booked several weeks in advance; please plan accordingly. We recommend making spa appointments five days in advance to ensure your desired time. We request a 24-hour cancellation for all appointments. Pricing for all services is subject to change at any time.

Children under the age of 18 are not permitted in the Wellness Center. Cellular phones are not allowed, to ensure our clients peaceful surroundings.

For our Wellness Center clients, no special attire is needed; professional draping techniques are practiced. Robes, sandals and towels are provided.

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment to ensure sufficient time for an unhurried and relaxed treatment.


We use and recommend Redken, Pureology, Moroccanoil, G.M. Collin, G.M and R.& Co.

Skin care- Collin medical, Glo Minerals makeup and Glo Theraputic. Nails- OPI and Smith & Cult polish


I-95 South » Exit 68
Follow straight to stop sign and take a right
At first light take a left
At second light take left onto Main Street
After North Cove Outfitters, take first right onto Elmwood Street
Then first left onto Pine Street

I-95 South » Exit 67 (Elm Street exit)
Take a left and follow to light and go straight
At stop sign take a right onto Main Street
Take first right onto Elmwood Street
Take first left onto Pine Street

I-95 North » Exit 67 (Elm Street exit)
At third light take left onto Main Street
After North Cove Outfitters, take first right onto Elmwood Street
Take first left onto Pine Street


Employment information: Please E-Mail or call or even drop in and fill out an ESSENCE Employment Application.


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