Nestled in the historic district of Old Town Winchester, Courthouse Square Barbershop welcomes visitors to relax in cozy leather easy chairs, chat with friends and neighbors, and step out into the street with a brand new haircut. The talented barbers beautify both men and women, though they specialize in men's cuts, from traditional hairstyles to flat-tops, buzz cuts, and fades, as well as old-school hot-towel shaves.
As a master colorist certified in Wella and ammonia-free Inoa products, Christy, the owner of Christy's Serenity Salon and Spa, has a keen eye for color and style. She works hard to keep up with the latest trends in hair and insists that her stylists do, too. In fact, the only way stylists can advance at the salon—from artistic to senior to guru, each with its own price point—is through taking continuing-education classes or by whispering “guru” three times into a mirror. Each service at Christy’s Serenity Salon and Spa begins with a thorough consultation and ends with product and care recommendations to help clients style hair at home.
Under the dual direction of style veterans Michelle LeHeureux and Kim Southerland-Keene, Old Towne Hair Design & Colour Studio beautifies and styles coifs with artistic techniques and gentle products. During the 90-minute Brazilian blowout, strands soak in Brazilian Blowout Zero products that mollify frizz and straighten locks without the use of harmful formaldehyde. The serum seals essential amino acids into the cuticle of each strand using a proprietary plant-derived bonding system, leaving even thin coifs with more root volume, much like fertilizing a flower patch with Wheaties. After the treatment, curls and kinks unwind into gentle waves, and head gardens remain guarded against humidity for up to 12 weeks.
Before modern-day salons, barbershops were a haven for masculine camaraderie with a side of hair services. When Joe Grondin, a master barber of more than 30 years, opened the first Roosters Men's Grooming Center, he worked to recapture that ambiance, but updated the styling techniques. Today, men there revel in a slow-paced atmosphere and contemporary services. Clients sit comfortably during cuts that culminate with aftershave and a dash of powder on the neck and vintage facial shaves, road to recovery facials, complete with a cleansing and hot towels.
Recessed lights cast a honey glow on the salon’s polished hardwood floors and modern black-and-white wall prints. Amid these cozy accents, skilled stylists snip flattering layers and highlight hair with Redken and Paul Mitchell products. Guests may also dip into the salon’s many beautifying treatments, which range from waxing and mani-pedis to deep-cleansing facials.