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.
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.
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.
Glistening spheres from a bubble machine billow up around champagne-gold walls speckled with accents of olive and sage green. Aromatherapy wafts from flickering candles on gentle indoor breezes. Facial chairs and pedicure baths sit alongside their child-size counterparts. Euphoria Hair Studio & Beauty Spa's adept spa and salon technicians pamper adults and children with dermatologist-recommended formulas and seek to instill beauty principles in younger clients. Natural facials incorporating Obagi, Repêchage, and Biomedic products assuage each client's specific skin concerns, and hair can escape codependent relationships with hats after styling treatments such as weaves, thermal curls, and coloring. Spa parties let adults, teens, and children snuggle into robes and slippers as they snack on trays of candies, cheese, crackers, and fruit, surrounded by colorful balloons. A crafting area allows wee guests to decorate their own princess crowns and plates with jewels, writing, and pictures of royal Kansas City baseball players.
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.