Traditional red, white, and blue barber stripes accent each of Carson Coonce's three barber shops—from the old wooden sign outside the original 1955 Plymouth shop, to the scissor-shaped awning at the Livonia location—and the interior echoes the same classic barbershop feel. Amid a casual atmosphere, a friendly staff made up of Carson's children and grandchildren and unrelated, yet equally talented, barbers provides clients with a menu of affordable services that range from men's beard trims and hot shaves to haircuts for men, women, and children.
A lively energy fills The Stage Salon, where master stylists and barbers tend to all hair types but excel at working with African American tresses. Women can stop in for quick haircuts fortified by Redken and Clairol products, or unwind in the styling chair as stylist Ebony straightens curls with relaxers and Brazilian blowouts or creates length and volume with professional extensions. Gairyd and Silky Sam, the salon’s resident barbers, clip and trim men’s hair, topping them off with salon-quality gel or pomade. Beyond haircare, The Stage’s staff also outfits nails with eye-catching colors in OPI mani-pedis, waxes unwanted fuzz from entire bodies, and ornaments ears with piercings or gold staples.
To Joe Grondin, a barbershop is more than a place to get a quality haircut—it’s a welcoming atmosphere where barbers and customers can share a few minutes of good conversation. In 1999, the master barber opened his first Roosters location with the goal of bringing back that classic ideal, pairing modern grooming techniques with an unhurried pace. The staffers at Roosters encourage their clients to see their grooming center as a place to relax, kicking back in the comfy barber chairs during seven-step hot shaves and trading golfing tips as stylists free shirt collars from overgrown ends.
Bright yellow decorative accents and large windows letting in natural light put visitors in a sunny mood at Salon Rush. In the cheerful setting, stylists snip hair into custom shapes, brighten locks with all-over color, and single out their favorite strands with natural-looking highlights. The team can also lengthen hair with extensions and straighten out curly, disobedient locks with keratin treatments or barks from a boot camp drill sergeant.
With services for men, women, and children, the beauty experts at Pure Platinum Salon use hair as a canvas to bring each client's fashion sense and personality into physical form. After consultations, they grab hold of scissors to snip split ends and sculpt looks that would make Chia Pet?mannequins crumble with envy. The stylists can also hone in on damaged hair and correct color or strengthen strands. Unlike lazy portrait painters, the team doesn't stop at the head; they can wax away unwanted body fuzz and spray skin with a golden tan so clients are ready for weddings or everyday events.