For 30 years, strand snipper Will Colhouer has expertly fashioned coifs and fostered friendships with clients at his comfortable and casual neighborhood barbershop. Customers sink into a retro crimson and silver barber chair, and Will expunges split ends and transforms hirsute head shrubs into polished styles or permanent top hats. During the father-son package, men and their carbon copies can indulge in cowlick-to-chin transformations. After Will crops hair, grown-up scruff falls away under the straight razor of a traditional hot-towel shave, and fuzz-free faces peek into their adult future with a mock shave.
Before hitting the salon floor, students at American Beauty Academy first complete a regimen of classroom coursework and hands-on training on models and Barbie dolls caught in the wild. It's only then, under the watchful eye of instructor supervisors, that they're set free to show off their newly acquired hair, skin, and nail care skills to clients. Available services include not only women's hairstyling, but also color, chemical treatments, and men's barbering.
At Spoiled Rotten Kids Spa, the pampering treatments have a kid-friendly twist—the chocolate facial, for example, nourishes skin with a mix of chocolate, honey, and cottage cheese that's actually edible. Fun nail art, meanwhile, enhance the manicures and pedicures, and nonalcoholic mocktails, such as the cherry-juice cosmo, add a grown-up feel to the fun.
The spa, which has been featured on Tyra Banks, complements its à la carte spa treatments with styling for natural hair. The team braids locks into cornrows, crafts two-stranded twists, and administers press-and-curls. Chaperoned kids can also celebrate with party packages, complete with a tiara for the birthday girl instead of the traditional spa robe with candles stuck in it.
Makeup and lingerie may seem like an odd pairing, but they get cheek-to-cheek at Aboni Cosmetics. Babydoll-style chemises and red polka-dotted bustiers appear alongside comfy pajamas emblazoned with kiss marks. To go along with these sassy looks, makeup artists enhance features with glittery eye shadows and flawless-finish mineral foundations.
Spa treatments aren't just for moms, dads, and storks anymore. At Spoiled Rotten Kids Spa and Boutique, little girls get a taste of the pampered life with cucumber facials, pint-sized mani-pedis, and adorable updos. Party packages all include a princess ring and a Shirley Temple drink, along with music and decorations. Spoiled Rotten was featured on the Tyra Banks Show, and offers little ones a glimpse of luxuries to come.
Though the West has only recently realized the real medical benefits of massage, the team of licensed massage therapists at Aaduri Healing Arts have been witnessing them firsthand for years. They're so passionate about these benefits that many of them alter their techniques to suit those for whom traditional massage may be inappropriate, but who often need it the most. Pregnancy and postpartum massages, for instance, relieve the joint pain and muscle tension of childbirth while using belly-safe positions, and sessions for cancer patients and deaf clients call on unique, personalized approaches that help break through any obstacles to relaxation. For traditional clients, the therapists call on a retinue of modalities to ease tension, from classic Swedish massage to specialty techniques such as myofascial release.