Most of the time when kids go to get their hair cut, they're lucky if they're able to watch a movie they've seen a thousand times or play with the single toy the salon keeps on hand. But even that doesn't generally happen. And because most salons don't bother to entertain kids, haircuts can be a difficult thing for them to sit through.
Yet, when kids go to Snip-Its, they get an adventure. Staffers first hand kids a Snip-Its Adventure Club card, and then invite them to sing along with the salon's own cast of animated characters. There's Curly Comb, the adventurous Flyer Joe Dryer, and the group's leader, Snips, an anthropomorphized pair of scissors with a shock of brown hair. This same crew stars in computer games and activities that kids can play at each salon station, which dazzle eyes with more bright colors than a car covered in Lisa Frank stickers.
While their clients explore imaginative worlds, stylists use a proprietary line of natural and allergen-free products to create buzz cuts and bobs. At the end of the process, kids visit the Magic Box. The enchanted device awards kids a prize in exchange for a swatch of hair. On special occasions, stylists can also photograph a baby's first haircut or transport girls to Tinseltown during a Hollywood Party.
In order to make every salon experience exciting for kids and relaxing for adults, Snip-Its partners with Autism Speaks and trains stylists to work with kids with autism.
After stepping into 20 Volume Salon & Spa, the front desk’s river-rock background immediately foreshadows a relaxing day of pampering. At the 2,600-square-foot Aveda Concept establishment, visitors can unload their stresses in the guest lounge or on the outdoor patio before their appointments. Clients look into the large, plum-framed mirrors at each of the salon area’s 11 styling stations, where they can watch as a stylist renovates their hair with precision cuts, classic Aveda scalp treatments, coloring, and updos. Inside 20 Volume’s private treatment areas, patrons achieve a movie star appearance with complexion-balancing Enbrightenment facials, rosemary-mint body wraps, and sparkles meticulously installed into their smiles.
Carrie Giovanni, a Redken certified colorist, has been beautifying manes for more than 20 years. Within her quaint studio, she works her magic on hair, snipping off splits end and adding layers. She also transforms strands by adding vibrant hues and waxes lips, chins, and eyebrows. When she’s not in her salon, she’s furthering her skills elsewhere, whether by teaching, taking classes, or transforming her hands into scissors.
Set amidst a relaxing and modern 2,200-square-foot complex, The Edge Salon beautifies humans' outer layers with skillful hands and personalized services. Treat downtrodden digits to an image-boosting signature manicure (a $22 value), which fortifies nails to a layer of CND Shellac—a long-lasting polish that leaves a mirror-like finish free of formaldehyde and other harsh, nose-offending chemicals (a $20 value). Shellac dries quickly under UV light, leaving a resilient nail coating resistant to chipping even during the most demanding tambourine solos. The manicure includes an exfoliating scrub, while the signature pedicure similarly polishes stressed lower paws with an aromatic cucumber and pineapple scrub (a $40 value). Both services end with a relaxing hand and arm or foot and leg massage, which melts away tension built up from night jobs massaging an endangered cactus.
The MVP haircut is reserved for guys who want the brawn of a chiseled cut with the extreme adrenaline rush of a pleasant pampering. Following careful instructions or expert intuition, stylists can clean up the edges without sacrificing any degree of edginess. A thorough shampoo and scalp massage ensures an itch-free walk off, while a neck and shoulder massage with steamed towel leaves cleaned-up batters with the zonal focus to connect on any upcoming office pitch.