For decades, JCPenney Portraits has welcomed families into its friendly studios, where photographers expertly photograph subjects of any age. Digital cameras, professional lighting, and a wide selection of backgrounds all work together to ensure a polished, personalized look for every family portrait, school picture, business headshot, or baby announcement. To customize the session even more, the staff also encourages guests to incorporate items with special meaning such as a baby blanket, a family heirloom, or the wishbone from grandma's first Thanksgiving.
After the final flash, clients and a team member head to the viewing kiosk, where they can select their photos and customize them. Beyond prints, memories may also be preserved on high-resolution MyImages CDs, gallery wraps, or through JCPenney Portraits' archival program, which allows clients to store and share their portraits online.
An upscale lounge dedicated to male grooming, Maverick Studio for Men strives to give each sir a distinctive look that captures his individuality. Chaps enter a studio bedecked in metal and slate decor attenuated to the Y chromosome before slinking into cushiony, vintage-style red barber chairs for 20 to 30 minutes of melon renewal. Maverick's internationally trained crew first analyze fellows' hair and skin type, then tailor a precision cut as guys relax beneath the glow of two 50-inch flat-screen TVs. Freshly snipped strands bathe in a slathering of shampoo, and underlying scalps enjoy a massage from the soothing vibrations of nearby power tools. Handsomeness enhancement concludes as a straight-razor shave smoothes the sides and back of the neck. Guys can maintain their new look at home or in between mustache-growing contests by purchasing in-store products from stylish brands such as Lock Stock & Barrel and Edwin Jagger.
Armed with a turbo-charged laser cannon, Jennifer Bonnet, M.D.'s fuzz-busting staff fries unwanted follicles with a zap of infrared light that zeroes in on the melanin at each hair's root. Since this non-invasive treatment only affects actively growing hair, patients will need to return for six to eight total treatments before a region is totally bare, after which they'll be free of criminal body fur forever. Some patients experience sunburn-like sensitivity immediately after each treatment, so make sure to wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes to your appointment. This Groupon is good for treatments on the upper lip and chin ($125; prices given throughout reflect individual treatments), underarms ($115), bikini/Brazilian ($135), full face ($135), back of neck ($90), hands ($65), feet ($65), or abdomen ($70).
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.
Wood-paneled walls, vintage motorcycle ads, and a black-and-white photograph of Muhammad Ali. Any way you cut it, PJ's Barber Shop brims with sophistication and charm. The former owes to the timeless decor, while the latter stems from the fact that this father-daughter business has been in the family for more than half a century.
Though styles have changed over the years, the basics at PJ's have largely stayed the same. Classic haircuts are a matter of course here, as are hot-towel shaves. Though most of the clients tend to be men, the shop does offer some styling services for women.
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.