"If you don't look good, we don't look good."
That's the tagline?and philosophy?with which hairstyling legend Vidal Sassoon made a name for himself. Through the decades, he garnered a large following of clients who trusted his ability to create hairstyles that worked with their bone structure, or that fit perfectly within their favorite sombrero. Sassoon passed away in 2012, but his philosophy lives on inside Jessi James Salon & Spa. There, Vidal Sassoon-trained stylist Mica Popovich draws on more than 20 years of experience to create hairstyles that?in the tradition of Sassoon himself?flatter the features of each client.
A close-knit team of hair stylists, aestheticians, and nail technicians keeps abreast of the latest beauty techniques to craft tranquil spa and salon experiences. Massage and body treatments marry Eastern and Western techniques, and a line of 45- to 60-minute facials targets complexion concerns while preserving fleeting facial expressions with professional products from Dermalogica, Jan Marini, PCA, and DermaQuest. The bustling salon shapes trendy hairstyles for men and women as well as glistening nails with OPI products at cushioned manicure stations and whirlpool pedicure chairs.
The year was 1999, and master barber Joe Grondin was nostalgic for a bygone institution. The barbershops of old were more than a place for a man to get his hair cut: they were a place to relax, share a conversation, and sneak a bite of the peppermint-flavored pole out front. But men's grooming establishments seemed to be a thing of the past?until Grondin founded his first Roosters in Lapeer, Michigan. The new-old trend caught on, and today, the throwback barbershops can be found coast-to-coast. Men can stop by for timeless services, from haircuts to full shaves to golf advice.
At Scene Cosmetics, owner and founder Stacey Sacco helps clients achieve their dream look while also teaching them about proper makeup application so they can achieve the red-carpet look at home. Stacey uses the Scene PRO makeup line, which she designed to endure the stresses of professional photo shoots, the plot twists of film and TV work, and the hot lights and constant face licking of the stage. She and her crew also lead private makeup lessons, working with their own products and the client’s regular makeup to help master a look.
Michelle Timmer , haircut and color specialist at La Coupe Maison Salon, sculpts gorgeous manes inside a renovated 1940s boutique. While split ends lie on wooden floors, a shampoo room beckons unwashed locks to its location behind sheer sea foam green-hued drapes. Full-length mirrors reflect the beautification of heads undergoing salon services, which include coloring, keratin smoothing treatments by Coppola, and deep conditioning treatments by Redken to bolster follicular fitness.
Seasoned stylist Melissa Rascon brings her training from prestigious institutions such as Vidal Sassoon and Aveda to her chair at Hair by Melissa Rascon. Aside from haircuts for women, men, and children, Melissa also beautifies strands with highlights, relaxers, and gloss. She also tames wild tresses with keratin treatments, which rely on a formaldehyde-free formula to keep hair smooth, shiny, and wholly unattractive to mad scientists for 8 to 12 weeks.