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.
Embracing the tradition of a classic barber shop, Mike's Hair Studio is a place for guys to go for a great haircut, color, or even a hot shave. Guests can take a seat in one of the traditional barber's chairs after a thorough shampooing in preparation for shears, clippers, and the feeling of an exhilarating breeze kissing a shorn head. Barbers also offer classic hot shaves, reclining visitors in a chair before trimming beards or leaving faces cleanly shaven.
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.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Pigalle Salon & MedSpa is equally committed to traditional and high-tech beauty services, so much so that its divided into two parts: the salon and med spa, respectively. In the salon stylists use K?rastase treatments to nourish locks and imbue manes with color and administer Keratin Complex smoothing treatments, relaxers, and Brazilian Blowouts. Aestheticians, on the other hand, cleanse complexions with Image Skincare products, lengthen eyelashes with Xtreme Lashes, and apply organic spray tans to bronze skin without needing to find a casting mold big enough for a person.?
In the futuristic med spa, services rely on cutting-edge technology to deliver treatments, such as microdermabrasion and IPL photofacials. Many treatments even harness the power of lasers, as is the case with its hair-removal treatments and CoolTouch laser treatments, which promote collagen production, improving the appearance of wrinkles, acne, and scars.