While specializing in children’s haircuts for more than 15 years, the experienced mane tamers at Kut-Ups will gladly snip down the hair of anyone in need, while shaping up harried hands with long-lasting shellac manicures. Tote in under-aged heads to thwart unruly locks with the help of a scalp artist wise in the language of kids—commonly referred to by scholars as “Bieber-nese.” Moms, older sisters, or kid-appreciating single ladies can update or sharpen a sophisticated coiffure with an age-appropriate haircut and style, or pamper fun-loving finger shingles with a rejuvenating shellac manicure that will leave digits looking dignified for up to 14 days. Kut-Ups organizes its friendly styling space into two separate studios for children and adults—featuring youth-oriented videos, toys, and décor to keep tots entertained, while providing grown-ups with a mature zone in which to relax and assemble their Legos without having to share.
From inside its elegant and inviting cocoon, the staff at Terry Ann's trims and treats coifs with affable, personalized attention throughout a range of above-the-shoulder services. Tresses in search of a sociable scene can sign up for a sophisticated updo ($58+) or gently tangle together within the controlled contour of a vogue perm ($90+). Keratin straightening treatments ($250+) successfully coerce wild manes to come down from high trees by using proteins that don't employ formaldehyde or firemen. Likewise, for patrons with satisfactorily coiffed crowns, Terry Ann's waxes away rogue follicles from a variety of facial zones, including the lips ($10) and chin ($15).
Most of the time when kids go to get their hair cut, they're lucky if they're able to watch a movie they've seen a thousand times or play with the single toy the salon keeps on hand. But even that doesn't generally happen. And because most salons don't bother to entertain kids, haircuts can be a difficult thing for them to sit through.
Yet, when kids go to Snip-its Kids Hair Salon and Spa, they get an adventure. Staffers first hand kids a Snip-its Adventure Club card, and then invite them to sing along with the salon's own cast of animated characters. There's Curly Comb, the adventurous Flyer Joe Dryer, and the group's leader, Snips, an anthropomorphized pair of scissors with a shock of brown hair. This same crew stars in computer games and activities that kids can play at each salon station, which dazzle eyes with more bright colors than a car covered in Lisa Frank stickers.
While their clients explore imaginative worlds, stylists use a proprietary line of natural and allergen-free products to create buzz cuts and bobs. At the end of the process, kids visit the Magic Box. The enchanted device awards kids a prize in exchange for a swatch of hair. On special occasions, stylists can also photograph a baby's first haircut or transport girls to Tinseltown during a Hollywood Party.
In order to make every salon experience exciting for kids and relaxing for adults, Snip-its Kids Hair Salon and Spa's partners with Autism Speaks and trains stylists to work with kids with autism.
Premier hairstylist Madison draws from 15 years of experience to play cupid as clients cultivate amorous feelings for their tresses. Her services help women fawn over strands that are free of split ends, decorated with feathers, or lengthened with Hotheads extensions. Madison’s highlights add dimension, and all-over color grants the kind of dramatic change a movie character experiences when they paint their brown hat blond. Aside from working with hair, she also removes it with waxing services that start at $10. She offers free consultation before services, during which she may use products from Moroccanoil and Coppola.
The arena in which Madison performs her beauty sport isn’t as drab or sterile as many chain salons. A trio of plush, matching floral-patterned couches flanks a magazine-flecked coffee table in the waiting area, where the walls’ rich green hue is easy on the eyes. Arched doorways lead to the treatment room, where exposed brick conjures thoughts of an elegant house or a really sturdy tree fort.
With its stately columns and spacious porch, the 100-year-old brick exterior of A Cut Above Hair Studio recalls a time when hair coloring was a luxury only beet farmers could enjoy. Luckily, the renovated house?which once belonged to the Payne family, owners of the Payne Music Company in downtown Greenville?now welcomes tresses of all professions into its homey interior. A brick fireplace invites guests to sit for a spell and admire the deep-maroon walls and hardwood floors, or hear antique wooden furniture talk about how long it would have had to walk if it had been able to go to school.
Though the decor is old-fashioned, the techniques and products used in the salon are not. When coloring curls, the experienced stylists focus not only on beauty but on the health of the hair, using the Goldwell line to gently accentuate natural hues. They also share their up-to-date knowledge with cosmetology graduates, helping them to jump-start their careers or newfangled gas-powered hair dryers.
High ceilings, plush leather furniture, and funky black-and-white decor lend an upscale note to Pomp Salon, where stylists follow the lead of owner and board-certified hair colorist Chris Foster. With experience styling for New York and Los Angeles fashion weeks and as a member of the Rusk Master Design team, he and his educated staff do more than simply ousting split ends. They consult with clients before shaping trendsetting new looks that can be augmented with Coppola keratin treatments and multidimensional highlights with the help of Redken and Rusk products.