Founded in 1974 in Memphis, Tennessee, by the eponymous Sam Ross, Fantastic Sams is a family-friendly salon geared toward quality. Today, the brand spans more than 1,200 locations, employing a legion of experienced stylists as they wage wars on bedhead and uneven bangs. Wielding shampoos and conditioners crafted with provitamins and soy proteins, the staff offers services such as haircuts, color treatments, and straightening treatments.
The Men’s Room puts a contemporary spin on the traditional barbershop with a slew of modernly macho services. For overgrown scalp grass, the gentleman’s cut and finish ($30) coddles head blades in a sea of hot lather before mowing them into precision with a straight razor, leaving behind a tailored dude 'do. Jowl fuzz, cheek fluff, and mustache disguise glasses will be removed to reveal true identities after 45 minutes spent in steamy bliss during the classic shave ($35), which includes hot lather, a light facial, and a skin-quenching moisturizer. The Men’s Room’s also sheds light on otherwise-neglected manscapes, offering bristle banishment from the brows ($15), chest ($45+), back ($45+), and nose ($10). A 60-minute relaxation massage ($80) soothes pinched pressure points and boosts muscle flexibility for spontaneous Twister cage-matches.
In almost 30 malls sprinkled across four states, Beauty Plus Salon beckons prospective makeover recipients with a fleet of skilled stylists and a colossal selection of professional beauty products. "The beauty industry never slows down," staffers say on Facebook, so "neither do we." That's why mall-goers find Beauty Salon open seven days a week. Between the retail shelves that average 500 nail polish colors, clients get gussied with services that pamper hair, skin, and nails.
Giving back is important to the stylists at Ella Salon. That includes offering haircuts for special-needs children and administering beauty treatments to those who cannot afford them through the Harmony program. The stylists are just as caring when treating clients to the salon's bevy of hair, nail, makeup, and facial services.
KaLu Salon & Day Spa’s stylists and aestheticians believe that everyone—men, women, and stressed-out teens alike—deserves to experience the benefits of their relaxing and beautifying services. The spa’s convivial atmosphere ensures that all comers feel at home, whether their treatment interests lie in a plant-based facial or a knot-melting massage enhanced by aromatherapy and a soothing soundtrack of audiobooks read by Michael Cain. For each service, the team calls upon some of the most trusted brands in their respective fields, sprucing up hair with Aveda smoothers and brushing fingernails with chip-resistant Shellac 2 polish. The staff’s penchants for pampering and socializing converge during the weekly Martini Thursday, an evening of cocktails and luxurious mani-pedis.
The trained stylists at Sass Hair Salon access a cache of lock-vivifying services to create custom looks. Those oppressed by unruly curly hair can subvert tress tyranny with a keratin straightening treatment. A coiffure captain will tackle frizzyness to the floor and smooth the hair into a less spring-like texture, allowing previously torque-addled strands of hair to release their tension. After the formaldehyde-free treatment, clients get complimentary shampoo and conditioner to take home and use to grease slip 'n' slides.