Hardwood floors, dim but warm lighting, and draped windows cosset spa-goers in a cocoon of relaxation at Avon Serenity Spa. Level your exhausted limb federation onto a cushioned massage bed and allow the skilled hands of a massage therapist to administer direct-to-muscle stress relief in the form an hour of Swedish massage. Swedish massage does not involve putting chocolate-coated snow on the shoulders but instead consists of long, flowing strokes of comfortable, knot-relieving pressure. This massage technique is lighter than deep tissue, ideal for most individuals, and has been shown to reduce pain, aid circulation, and thoroughly relax rigid thinking patterns.
Signature Service: The MVP Experience
Brands Used: Tea Tree Shampoo
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Though one seldom sees the spinning red-and-white pole out front any more, barbershops still thrive in America?Sport Clips owns and operates more than 1,000 hair cutteries that cater specifically to men and boys. Inside each location, stylists buzz clippers, massage shoulders and scalps, and wrap faces in hot towels. They happily keep up friendly conversation, but also cater to customers who'd prefer to quietly watch a game on one of their flatscreen TVs.
In addition to maintaining a man-friendly atmosphere, each stylist can perform Sport Clips' signature service, the MVP Experience. They kick off the dude-pampering with a scalp massage that incorporates a Tea Tree shampoo treatment. Then, they wrap their client's face in a hot, steamed towel?a relaxing sensation that's good for the skin. They couple the towel wrap with a quick neck and shoulder massage, completing the whole service in about 20 minutes, giving guys plenty of time to return to chopping logs with their bare hands.
The experienced scissor shifters at Scoreboard Haircuts for Men sculpt and style gentlemen's manes with precision, using Paul Mitchell products. The package begins with a shampoo and conditioning, in which the hair is cleansed, pampered, and serenaded by nutrients doing their best Barry White impression. Then a scalp massage tenderizes the head terrain, relaxing both client and pelt for the forthcoming haircut. Any style, from shaggy to slim, receives the shear shaping, and trimmed hair unites in common length. A reshampoo pretties up the new ’do and softens mop-tops for shaping and styling. Finally, the hot-towel treatment graces facial surfaces, and renewed cheeks and chins emerge as clean and textured as a grade-school play about sandpaper factories.
The Reagle Beagle specializes in manscaping —not covering gentlemen in AstroTurf, but rather focusing exclusively on top-notch grooming and hairstyles for men. The house haircut far exceeds the average buzz-and-go in both quality and satisfaction. Under the hands of experienced stylist Lynette, you'll get a detailed hair, brow, and ear trim to shape and shorten scalp hairs and tame strays that have attempted to migrate down the face. In addition to those depilatory delights, you'll get a mini facial massage, the soothing warmth of hot-steam face towels, a cooling menthol shampoo, a revitalizing under-eye treatment for naturally occurring shiners, and a hot-stone neck massage sure to ease pain and produce an overwhelming sensation of wellness.
Candles flicker inside the marble fireplace, sending droplets of light into the 1920s colonial revival?style home that houses Quintana?s Barber & Dream Spa. Hardwood floors and tan leather seating compose a warm color palette, and WiFi?installed by the ghost of the original architect?keeps busy guests connected. After appointment reminders land in their email inboxes, clients step into the earth-toned sanctuary for services ranging from basic mani-pedis and beard trims to all-day spa excursions. Guests choose services from a menu of massages, facials, waxing, and haircare, which can be combined into packages for individuals and couples.
Quintana's soothing sanctuary doesn't just speak for itself. Patrons banded together to vote the salon into CityVoter's top five for Best Massage, Barber, and Mani-Pedi in 2013. The spa's acclaim page also spotlights press recognition of Friendliest Staff, Best-Looking Storefront, and Most Helpful Combs.
Clients walking into La Bella Delle Rose Salon might sense a warm, personal aesthetic shaping the styling studio, even if they don't know that the dark-wood reception desk was hand-built by the owner's father. Sherbet-colored walls backdrop ice-cream-themed decorations, a popcorn machine commingles with the coffeemaker in the waiting area, and a manicure station recalls a fortune-teller's table with its scarlet damask draping. While basking in Pureology hair treatments or being prepped for weddings and other landmark occasions, guests sit beneath studio lighting, which helps them tell stylists apart from IRS agents.