Were it not for the old-fashioned sign hanging from a post outside, visitors might have a difficult time locating Seventh Avenue Barbershop. The shop resides in a two-story building that can easily be mistaken for another home in its charming Marion neighborhood.
Once inside, however, it?s easy to see what makes the barbershop and salon stand out. Amid swirls of red, white, and blue, the sounds of friendly chatter fill the air as licensed barber Andy Karasek clips shaggy manes and trims beards. Taking his cues from the barbers of yesteryear, Andy softens cheeks with hot towels before shaving stubble with a straight razor or a jeweled Victorian butter knife.
At Serendipity's Salon, a certified aesthetician pampers her clients with traditional spa services, including European facials with added arm and leg massages, deep chemical exfoliation, and waxing. The staff also specializes in eastern-influenced treatments, such as henna tattooing and threading services for eyebrows, faces, or stuffed animals tired of wearing the same old expression.
Samantha Frye floats across the hardwood floors of the elegant Contempo Hair Studio, scissors, hairdryer, and advanced styling products in-hand. The seasoned stylist transforms hair with an array of services, including trendy cuts, smoothing amino fusion treatments, and glamorous hair extensions. A trained and experienced cosmetologist, Samantha also offers makeup applications and waxing.To keep up with the latest beauty trends and techniques, the dedicated professional regularly attends styling workshops around the country.
The style-savvy staff at Expressions Salon & Spa Inc. bolsters fading façades with a variety of beautifying services both time-tested and contemporary. Muscle menders mollycoddle ligaments with a variety of massage techniques, such as the traditional 30-minute Swedish massage ($55), which infuses a firm, gentle, touch with choice aromas to ease away the stresses of daily commutes and nightly Jenga losses. The Short But Sweet facial ($41–$55) includes a skin evaluation, pore cleanse, facial massage, exfoliation, and moisturizing treatment, thwarting acne breakouts and bacteria break-ins. Clear stubborn hair forests with a mélange of waxing services, which employ nonirritating products to shape eyebrows ($12) and remove unwanted follicles from underarms ($22), lips ($12), or chins ($12), leaving skin as soft and smooth as a freshly shaved pillow. Experienced tress tamers can cut and style locks ($31–$39) into accentuating fashions for a classic, complementary beauty.
Armed with current techniques for properly maintaining noggin lawns, Regis Salon’s network of stores keeps clients’ hair in order as dictated by the latest trends. Within this caravan of hair bazaars, customers’ wild manes are tamed by skillful stylists; use your Groupon toward a shampoo, cut, and blow-dry, and lean back and dream of breakdancing Stay Puft Marshmallow Men as a stylist carefully cleanses hair with shampoo and conditioner and then clips it into stylish head hedges that beautifully complement scalp-garden pathways. Afterward, the hair that’s left behind will receive a loving blow-dry for a style that gleams and glitters like a ruby-encrusted bowling ball. During the treatment, stylists offer helpful tips and tricks to help clients care for hair at home. If a shampoo and cut isn't your cup of sports drink, put your Groupon toward the cost of another service, such as hair coloring (starting at $52), highlights (starting at $75), or a perm (starting at $75).
Stylist Nicole Garcia channels more than 18 years of experience into her skilled scissors as she trims, tints, and tailors coifs to suit each client's taste. Before hypnotizing ringlets into pleasing patterns or fun animal shapes, Garcia consults with each patron to find the right recipe of services. One-hour haircuts, complete with a shampoo and personalized style, await ladies’ locks ($35), and gents’ mops receive a dapper shaping in about 30 minutes ($25). Treat hard-working manes to a moisture infusion with a reconditioning treatment ($15), or grant strands a fortifying high-five with a keratin treatment ($50). Aquage products sweet-talk tresses into formal styles ($45), and facial waxing keeps visages smoother than a plate-glass zamboni ($15 for one area; $5/additional area).