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.
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.