It begins with a facial massage with MMIV shave oil, creating a protective barrier and conditioning the skin with Vitamin E. Next, warm towels open pores, soften scruff, and relax muscles without the adverse and downright weird affects of a horse tranquilizer. Finally, hand-whipped MMIV shave cream coats jawlines, another product packed with Vitamin E as well as green tea. This process comprises just the preliminary steps for an Ultimate Shave at M.U.G. Men's Ultimate Grooming. Once faces are prepped, specially trained barbers shave with, and then against, the grain. Then, they wrap smooth faces in a cool towel before spreading on moisturizer like butter on a dry Thanksgiving turkey—but without Grams and Aunt Carol watching closely.
All of the MMIV products are exclusive to M.U.G. Its masterminds spent almost a decade formulating them specifically for the Ultimate Shave, making sure each held an ample amount of conditioning Vitamin E. The staff, which also cuts and colors hair, trusts in the products so fully that they'll give you a refund if the MMIV line doesn't deliver the closest shave since Napoleon bear-crawled away from Waterloo, sobbing into his epaulets.
Bloom Salon's diverse, experienced team of stylists and beauty techs led by husband-wife team Scott and Tricia Young performs beauty services in a serene 3,000-square-foot facility. Team standouts include Brandy Hendricks, who has been clipping coifs for 18 years, and Samantha Young, a member of Scott’s family of hairdressers. In addition to expertly executed cut and color services, stylists accent manes with hair extensions and tame unruly head gardens with keratin smoothing treatments. Nail tech April Marhsall adorns fingers with polish, shellac polish, or acrylic nails, and therapist Lydia McDonald helps to relieve tension during deep-tissue, Swedish, or stone massages, untangling knots as quickly and efficiently as a blindfolded Eagle Scout.
Minimalist flourishes paint a robust picture. A vintage Marilyn Monroe photograph hangs above the salon’s cozy perm armchair, which looks more like a bourgeois armchair plucked from the Victorian era. Amid these elegant trappings inside Salon Boutique, Pretty Cut & Dry owner Ashley Millard and her skilled stylists craft scissors cuts and mold tresses with Emmediciotto products. Ashley’s team can refresh strands with a deep-conditioning treatment or vanquish unwanted fuzz from upper lips and brow outskirts with a waxing session. They can also perform makeup sessions for an upcoming wedding to make the bride sparkle, a birthday to render smiles their most beautiful, or a climb up Mt. Everest to add a layer of protection against frostbite.
At Salon Milano and Spa, plant-based Aveda products lend customized aromatherapy and natural nutrients to salon and spa services. The products' holistic focus matches the manner in which the staff conducts spa services: in addition to explaining the purpose of each step in the facial or massage, therapists also guide clients through stress-relieving visualization exercises to calm the mind. All treatments are customized, from the aromatherapy of a massage to the angle of the cut performed by senior or new-talent stylists in the salon. Tuscan Sanctuary is open late on weekdays to accommodate busy schedules and UV rays that, like Napoleon and his chef after saying they preferred English bread to baguettes, are exiled.
D'Amantes Salon prides itself on being a playful place with creative artists. In fact, the stylists and nail technicians regularly deem a day to be Hawaiian Saturday, '80s day, or red, white, and blue day.
Armed with PCA and Rhonda Alison products, they return youthful glows with a variety of facial services, such as anti-aging peels, Jessner lotus peels, or the brilliance-restoring Red Carpet facial. Their acne treatments work to clear unsightly blemishes, and dermaplaning aims to reveal smoother skin by exfoliating away dead skin cells and unwanted peach fuzz. Refreshing hydration rejuvenation treatments and scar-and-wrinkle-fighting Dermapen microneedling sessions round out the roster of services.
Denise Quintana wanted her salon to honor her grandmother, her mother, and her daughter. Luckily, all three of them had the same name: Delfina. And so, Delfina Salon & Day Spa was born.
With products from brands such as American Crew, Pureology, and TIGI’s Bed Head, Quintana and her team revamp their clients’ locks with artful color, cuts, and texturizing treatments. Alternatively, they can craft intricate updos to glamorize special occasions or fit snugly into a favorite shower cap. The team also pampers clients with spa treatments that range from body scrubs to tension-easing massages.