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.
Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the services. These friendly automatons facilitate everything from hydro massages and oxygen therapy to spray tanning and luminous facials, as well as Planet Beach's signature take on tantastic UV therapy. Each machine is designed for a specific service, which makes it the ultimate expert and keeps it from developing the ability to cry. Advanced spa services, such as hydro-derma fusion, sauna time, hydro massage ($40 per session), and luminous facials ($40 per session) provide opportunities for sweating, moisturizing, and photoskinthesis.
Suede Studio is part salon, part spa, and part boutique—in other words, a one-stop place for practically any beauty need. In the salon, hair gets top priority, as stylists treat clients to haircuts, color treatments, and extensions. Protein and hydrating treatments help restore hair health, and the salon also carries sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners to strengthen, restore, and protect locks back at home. The stylists also beautify with threading and waxing services, as well as makeup and eyelash extensions.
Over in the spa, relaxation reigns supreme with a variety of soothing massage therapy options. Nail techs perform luxurious manicures and pedicures with hydrating paraffin masks. And specialty facials target specific skincare woes, such as the collagen facial that rejuvenates skin and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines while passive aggressively hinting for frowns to not return.
Kim Victor uses premium products by Goldwell color and KMS to deliver the best results during salon services. In addition to providing exceptional haircuts and hair treatments, Kim cares for her clients' skin with Yonka Paris solutions made with botanicals and essential oils. This foundation of healthy skin paves the way for Bare Escentuals' irritant-free mineral makeup.
The Sassy Salon team also showcases their skills in hair and makeup during local fashion shows, such as the 2008 Hair Wars. Themed after the Garden of Eden, this six-week competition featured models clad in bathing suits and leaves. Some of them were also draped with live snakes that refused to comment on the event.