Master stylists Wendy and Sue combine more than four decades of experience and multiple certifications to beautify clients. And though they’ve studied extensively in the chemistry of hair—both have trained with Paul Mitchell and Joico—it’s the chemistry they share with their clients they care about most. They aim to transcend the “assembly-line” feel of chain salons, instead focusing on intimate, one-on-one service. Before any cut, color, or texturizing treatment, they make thorough consultations with the client. The stylists use professional products by Moroccanoil, Paul Mitchell, and Joico, which are known for nutrient-rich ingredients and lack of Silly Putty.
The Great Clips empire spans more than 3,000 salons across North America, where a collective of over 30,000 stylists wait, ready to tend to hairstyles. At these salons, no appointments are necessary—though an online check-in system aids those who wish to skip any potential lines by adding their names directly to the haircut queue. And to aid their new hairstyles, customers can peruse a line of gels, conditioners, pomades, and tea-tree oil shampoos and body washes.
Unique Hair Salons’ staff of senior and master stylists specializes in All-Nutrient certified organic hair coloring, whose gentle vegetable oil and keratin protein base allows for longer-lasting colors and brighter shine. Before they add color, though, they can sculpt a fashionable hairdo, or straighten out unruly strands with keratin straighteners.
Owned by an aesthetics educator, Luminous cultivates skin's natural beauty with an extensive selection of indulgent facials that have garnered the skincare studio multiple nods from the WickedLocal.com Readers Choice Awards over the last three years. The 75-minute Radiance for Thirsty Skin facial ($90) hydrates faces with Dermalogica skincare products and other ingredients, massaging honey into thirsty pores to keep them shiny and fresh. Countenance curators then blanket faces with a warm paraffin mask for an extra layer of hydration, making the Radiance for Thirsty Skin facial an ideal treatment for those with dry skin or those who have dorsal fins. After inundating your visage with a fresh coat of salutary moisture, pick off bristly stragglers with an eyebrow wax ($20) to show clingy hairs the door with a hard-wax agent agreeable to even the most sensitive skin.
The beauty pros at Polished Day Spa make multitasking look easy with their signature fassage. A facial and massage in one, the fassage begins with a Swedish back and leg rub and finishes with a skin-cleansing facial that includes a face, neck, shoulders, hand, and foot massage. They also go à la carte, divvying up the services into 30-, 60-, or 90-minute massages or visage-rejuvenating ministrations, such as microdermabrasions, peels, or facials that use Keyano Aromatics products. Keeping appendages appeased, manicurists groom hands and feet during mani-pedis and estheticians remove unwanted hair using french green azulene wax.
The Simple Man Saloon's simple confines host hearty pub grub alongside live Southern rock and blues music. Its menu is studded with savory offerings such as 100% Angus-beef burgers made fresh to order, plated with fries and a pickle on black-and-white checked paper that signals the meal's finish line. Beers are available to toast the live bands and wash down sweet-potato fries, veggie burgers, and hand-battered buffalo wings.