The Barber Crew's rich leather couches and dark stained wood welcome men looking for a smartly decorated salon and a dapper cut. The warm and masculine environment fosters comfort and camaraderie, as customers sip on a complimentary beer or nonalcoholic beverage and shoot the breeze with their stylists or fellow males whose hair doesn't cut itself. Guests recline back, keeping one eye over the TV at each station as hot towels open pores and stylists shape scalps to one's preference. The hair experts trim or remove all the sundry hairs that creep up on a man, from waxing brows to trimming beards and mustaches. Their sessions can include a dash of testosterone-friendly products from American Crew or Paul Mitchell, and stylists offer paraffin hand treatments to restore digits to equilibrium before thumb wrestling a grizzly bear tilts the scales back toward unadulterated masculinity.
Under the leadership of founder Christie Shumate, the licensed aestheticians at Transformations Spa and Skin Care Center perform custom skin treatments with detailed analysis. Shumate was inspired to form Transformations Spa and Skin Care Center after paying a visit to a plastic surgeon who, she discovered, donated his summer months to helping those who couldn't otherwise afford treatment to recover from burns, as well as working with children who were born with facial defects. She brought together a collection of less-risky aesthetic services designed to help her clients look and feel good about themselves, and now her staff offers laser cellulite reduction, custom facials, organic chemical peels, ear candling, and aqua foot detox.
Body in Balance Studio’s neutral tones engender peace and clarity, and it is in that atmosphere that owner Pamela Smith and a staff of licensed therapists work to extricate stress from muscles. After consulting with clients, therapists personalize massage sessions with techniques such as Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone. They can add aromatherapy to promote relaxation the way the smell of hot coffee makes it easier to wake up and the scent of gasoline makes it easier to know something's wrong with the wedding. The team also renders spa treatments—such as facials and waxing—to groom exteriors, and they host occasional yoga classes in a sage-green room.
Jessica Taylor's clients can't wait to get their hair washed. Paired with her specialty scalp massages, every run-of-the-mill shampoo session turns into a sudsy, luxurious stress reliever as her nimble fingers ease tension from all over the head and leave patrons relaxed and ready for a transformative haircut. From her post within Divine Appointment Salon~Spa~Wellness, the precision stylist takes a detail-oriented approach to crafting stylish cuts and adding skin-flattering color, which can range from platinum blond highlights to caramel and chocolate hues that improve chances in job interviews at Willy Wonka's factory.
Aesthetician Jamie Hoffman, the resident skincare expert at Body Balance Studio, has worked with every kind of skin: sensitive, acne-prone, dry, or glowing. Jamie analyzes each client's façade to determine which of her skincare services is the best fit, and then she soothes face-scapes with a carefully chosen facial or peel. In addition to facials and waxing for women, Jamie also performs a Gentlemen's facial specifically designed for men's skin, which tends to be rougher than women's and more prone to getting clogged with tiny footballs.
If Suntana’s staff of tanning specialists seems particularly knowledgeable about their trade, it may be because many of them are dedicated tanners as well. They draw on a combination of firsthand experience and industry know-how to help their clients achieve rich, golden skin tones courtesy of customized spray tans and three levels of UV tanning beds. Their expert guidance—along with moisturizing lotions from brands such as Designer Skin and Australian Gold—helps protect against the risks associated with overexposure or lowering oneself into a deep fryer.