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.
Meshell LeHeureux (pronounced La-Rue) has been a professional hairstylist and colorist for more than 20 years, and she's seen her share of hair mistakes––especially with home dyeing. “There is no way box color can look real or natural, since no one’s hair is a solid color," explains Mechell. "Box color can’t take into account the texture of one’s hair, whether its straight, coarse, or fine...or how the texture can change from the roots to the ends of the hair.” That's why Shelly offers pre-treatment consultations, which ensure her Kadus coloring treatments are tailored to the individual.
Though Shelly is highly certified in Kadus and other specialty product lines, she still considers herself a student in cutting and coloring. Each year, she takes roughly eight workshops across the country, all to make her skill set in-line with the latest trends. These classes also offer her expert insight into modern techniques, such as ombre tapering and the service most requested by electric outlet enthusiasts: frizz reduction.
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.
At Michael Helene Salon Gallery, clients don’t just get a haircut—they are immersed into an experience. Upon arrival to the sun-soaked studio, clients embark upon a tour of the beautifying emporium, where they meet the staff and take in the luxurious accents of the space, such as ornately framed mirrors, pristine white walls, and verdant plants with retro pompadours. After they settle in, one of the amiable stylists—steeped in the salon’s foundation of education, personalization, consultation, and beautification—indulges them in their chosen treatment from a list of services including long-hair shaping, all-over color, and special-occasion updos, all referred to by the staff as hair artistry. “We see the client as our artistic medium, and the salon is actually the gallery,” explains Michael Helene, the titular owner who draws from her stints styling for the films Pirates of the Caribbean and Cold Mountain to make each of her clients feel like a star.
Bright blue pendant lights illuminate Lisbon by Ana Hair Salon and Spa, punctuating salon decor as contemporary as the haircuts crafted by a team of skilled stylists. On the salon floor, J Beverly Hills and It’s a 10 haircare products dominate, helping sculpt and volumize the precision haircuts and color services stylists create. In the spa area, aestheticians perform a thorough skin analysis, during which they use a brightly lit magnifying lamp and pointed questions about blemishes' parents to unearth all the skin's secrets. After the analysis, aestheticians can tailor services—including chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and six types of facials—to clients' skin types and trouble areas with Dermalogica products. The spa's massage therapists are versed in six modalities, including therapeutic massage, which uses scented and unscented lotions and oils. Nail technicians can put the finishing touch on a relaxing spa day or a new haircut with manicures and pedicures using botanical products and CND Shellac.