Each of Pro-Cuts' more than 150 locations embodies the company's casual, no-frills ethos in its own way. The salon owners cultivate an atmosphere approachable to families and menfolk while sustaining an undercurrent of elegance. The quick-snipping Pro-Cuts stylists specialize in the Pro-Cuts 15-minute haircut, followed by a 10-hour eulogy for sideburns past. While services vary by location, typical offerings include kids cuts, beard trimming, and shampoo service powered by big-name salon brands such as Biolage and American Crew.
Platinum Strands Hair Salon at Allure II Salon boasts a diverse clientele—think women, men, children, and the occasional fashion-conscious scarecrows. They come for new cuts, highlights, and moisture-infusing keratin treatments. Guests also can stop in for a relaxing shampoo and blow-dry or a quick brow wax.
Hairstylist and licensed cosmetologist Peronica McNair has spent more than 15 years mastering the ins and outs of the beauty industry. At her newest venture, P M Studio Salon, patrons can relax in private suites as stylists pamper their tresses with precision cuts, custom color, and Peronica's specialty of repairing damaged hair with reconstructive conditioners or organic Chia Pet wigs that have been spotted on Milan's runways this spring. The salon also provides seamless weave treatments that can enhance the texture, length, and color of manes.
Hairstylist Rachel Wilkes views hair as an outlet of individual expression, which is why she listens closely to clients' ideas before crafting a new style that suits their unique personalities. In a quiet, quaint salon setting, she makes over strands with haircuts, coloring, and Keratin treatments that smooth out frizz for months at a time. Throughout styling sessions, Rachel enjoys making conversation, laughing, and building relationships with her clients.
When hairstylist Shelton Ogle opened his first salon at 21, he quickly realized the secret to maximizing the number of gorgeous haircuts he could render: a well-trained staff. So two years later, he opened his beauty school, Ogle School of Hair, Skin & Nails. Now in its 40th year, the school leverages its accrued experience and knowledge to teach aesthetic arts ranging from skincare to hair coloring. In the school’s salons, students practice on the public, cutting hair into elegant, customized shapes, texturizing strands with relaxers and perms, and highlighting nails with manicures, rather than with rings with built-in strobe lights. A testament to Shelton’s success in building his vision, he was even able to develop a weekly show for PBS about the beauty industry.