Taking their name from the 18% chromium and 8% nickel that transform regular steel into stainless steel, the staff of 18|8 Fine Men's Salons master grooming services to transform their clients into chiseled gentlemen. A greeter waits at the salon entrance with a complimentary beverage for each client and guides him to his stylist's booth or to a private or semiprivate treatment area for facials, massage, and other grooming sessions. Stylists carefully cut and color the hair of their clients, finishing Executive cuts and styles with five-minute shoulder massages and Bay Rum hot towels.
Technicians groom hands with MANicures and faces with straight-edge blade shaves and hot lather eos moisturizing shave cream. Guests can relax during 20-minute therapeutic massages to finish their visit and ease any tension built up in hands and forearms by excessive whittling.
With locations throughout California, including LA, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Sacramento, San Jose, Inland Empire, Ventura County, and Orange County, the knowledgeable staffers at Planet Beauty stock the store’s shelves with enough top-quality beauty products to outfit a regiment of beauticians. Guided by experience as aestheticians, stylists, and makeup artists, they help guests navigate the roster of premium brands, which includes bad-hair-day-banishing products from Frederic Fekkai and Kérastase. Skincare potions from Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.
A full line of Bumble and bumble. products works as Lisa’s sidekick in creating new hairdos for men, women, teens, and children. In addition, the stylist uses scissors to shear unwanted length and a kaleidoscope of dyes to color strands with all-over hues, highlights, or lowlights. She also offers texturizing services, uncurling locks with Japanese straighteners, smoothing frizzy manes with Brazilian Blowouts, and creating permanent waves that leave clients ready for a day at the beach or a date with a pool noodle.
Ace of Blades has sharpened old-style barber methods for a modern menu of men's haircuts, straight-razor shaves, and subtle hair coloring. While a skilled stylist cultivates a face-framing style, clients can catch a game on the shop's flat-screen TV, or peruse the wall photos of James Dean smoking a cigarette while knitting a holiday sweater.
From the moment clients are handed a frosty microbrew, it's clear that 18|8 Fine Men's Salons aren't average. Wielding stainless-steel tools, stylists trained specifically to tackle men's manes make guests feel at home while sharpening their looks. Executive cuts are finished with five-minute neck and shoulder massages and Bay Rum hot towels. Crisp, close shaves are accomplished with the same old-fashioned straight razors they used to use to groom zeppelins, and other services include man-friendly skincare and coloring treatments.
Nordstrom Rack houses a dizzying array of high-fashion brands—some of it from the Nordstrom shelves and some of it straight from top-tier designers—that it sells for as much as 70% off retail prices. Every store stocks an average of 25,000 pairs of shoes, a foot-feast featuring hundreds of designer brands. Gals can suit up for slick, soggy streets with a duo of Report 'Louise' faux suede convertible boots ($46.90), while guys can stylishly saunter in a pair of suede-overlaid New Balance retro running shoes ($39.90). Nordstrom Rack's extensive collection of designer jeans keep wayward legs from impersonating arms, and with a bevy of items for women, men, juniors, and children, Nordstrom Rack's expansive stock is sure to please the palate of any hanger-hungry wardrobe.