Before modern-day salons, barbershops were a haven for masculine camaraderie with a side of hair services. When Joe Grondin, a master barber of more than 30 years, opened the first Roosters Men's Grooming Center, he worked to recapture that ambiance, but updated the styling techniques. Today, men there revel in a slow-paced atmosphere and contemporary services. Clients sit comfortably during cuts that culminate with aftershave and a dash of powder on the neck and vintage facial shaves, road to recovery facials, complete with a cleansing and hot towels.
Ara Celi and Robert Godines founded Matador Men's Grooming after gaining years of experience as Rooster's franchisees. They wanted to bring the same quality of service to a venue that felt a little more local, like a classic barber shop. They and their barbers still partner dashing, close-cropped haircuts with shaves, head and face massages, and hot towel wraps. They also offer waxing services particularly focused on grooming the eyebrows, and hair tinting to banish the flecks of grey that show up as people age or slowly become statues.
One visit to Eden of Ashburn, and you'll think you've entered the mystical utopia its moniker suggests. The spa and salon offers soothing confines where guests can ease into services that both pamper and refresh. During spa pedicures, feet are rewarded with a long soak and a sea-salt glow massage. Then calves are wrapped in steamed towels to stimulate circulation, and feet are dipped in warm paraffin to soften skin and soothe the senses. Hot-stone massages coax out tension from sore muscles, and microdermabrasion treatments deeply exfoliate skin and stimulate collagen growth. Permanent makeup artists help enhance brows and plump lips with professional services. Meanwhile, on the salon side, haircuts and deep-conditioning treatments revitalize locks, and highlights and blowouts add pizzazz.
The experienced stylists at Edge Salon believe it's the small touches that make a difference when it comes to beauty. They deck out their salon with luxurious flourishes such as dangling chandeliers, red leather chairs, and limousine transport from the waiting area to each styling station. The small touches that the staff adds to make clients as bright as chandeliers include classic hair services—such as color applications, deep-conditioning treatments, and Keratin treatments. But they also work below manes: Edge Salon boasts a large eyebrow care station, where friendly technicians thread brows into beautifully sculpted shapes.
Education is the focus of this studio where stylists remain knowledgeable about all hair types. From stylish cuts to chemical-reshaping treatments, they help clients select looks that flatter their features. In addition to expounding healthy habits at the salon, the team regularly posts haircare tips on its Facebook page.