For more than 60 years, the staff at D’s Barbershop has been styling men’s hair into classic cuts. And over that time period, they’ve perfected a lot of cuts, from the classic crew cut to more modern spiked ‘dos and even women’s trims. But to this day, their most popular service is their cut and shave, where guests recline into seats as barbers lather faces before taking a straightedge razor to create clean-cut cheekbones, chins, and hairlines. Barbers talk shop as their hands go about their tasks, ensuring customers always have a cold drink, cup of coffee, and the day’s game on the shop’s flat-screen TV. Every cut is finished with a relaxing shoulder massage, which adds a bit of pampering into each service without dumping a Gatorade cooler full of bubble bath down your back.
La Bellezza Hair Salon & Spa's owners, Miro and Melo, draw from more than 40 years of salon experience, and they oversee a skilled team that can perform a variety of services. Stylists can traverse clients' craniums to shape, color, and texturize hair with keratin treatments, spiral waves, or rainbow Slinkys. The staff uses All-Nutrient organic color for single process colorings and organic bleach for highlights. Or, in the spa and salon's private treatment rooms, aestheticians can perform facials and waxing treatments to add youthfulness to the skin or gussy up the fingers and toes with mani-pedi treatments.
More than 32 years ago, master colorist Frank Commisso envisioned an elegant and contemporary setting where clients could relax and enjoy expert beauty services. Today, candelabras and flower arrangements add classic flare to the modern décor of Adesso Hair Salon, which offers both hair and mani-pedi services. Floor-to-ceiling mirrors keep an eye on clients as experienced stylists trim locks, paint tresses with natural color, and create elaborate topiary hair gardens. Along one wall, soft black chairs cradle customers as stylists massage scalps with shampoo or protein-rich conditioners. In a video profile of Adesso Hair Salon, Commisso explains that in the industry, "The trend is that there is no trend—we are becoming very personalized with the individual." With this in mind, Commisso ensures that clients receive services that highlight their unique attributes.
Depicting a hip, well-groomed character holding clippers, the colorful mural on the window of Manny's Cutz jumps out on 14th Avenue, beckoning passersby to peek into the shop. Inside, a calm scene of peach walls and wood floors surrounds the mural's likeness, Manny, as he stands at a black barber chair, lopping off and styling hair. Manny also tends to beards and the dried mustard that naturally grows in them during soothing hot-towel shaves.
A streamlined beauty bazaar with fresh white walls and backlit apothecary shelves, Plumm Shoppe takes pride in pampering passerby persons through upscale beauty products, fragrances, and salon services. Men and women alike can appreciate bristle and blemish busting products from name brands including Art of Shaving (shaving cream: $22), Mario Badescu (drying lotion: $17), and Mason Pearson (boar bristle travel brush: $90). For faces in need of deeper dermal detailing, Plumm Shoppe offers makeovers ($75 for 40 minutes), eyebrow shapings ($25), and eyelash applications ($25), plus a bevy of signature facials infused with products from Cle de Peau ($150), Darphin ($125) and RéVive ($85).
When kids visit Dave's Barbershop for a trim, they get to sit behind the wheel of sleek red racecar that doubles as a barber's chair. And although most adults won't fit into the stylish sports car, they still leave feeling suave thanks to the haircuts, color, and waxing services that are the shop's specialties. Beyond cropping locks and camouflaging greys, the staff smoothes scratchy chins with classic shaves, which include a luxurious hot-towel treatment that softens stubble and glued-on Santa beards before they are deftly sheared away.