At Cost Cutters Family Hair Salon’s more than 840 locations across the U.S., skilled stylists are always standing at attention. The salon prides itself on being appointment- and hassle-free—thus the team is ready for walk-ins and for any request, whether it be a haircut, styling, coloring, perm, or access to sealed government files. While performing all services, the staff wield CC Professional products—which range from shampoos and conditioners to hairstyling and finishing formulas—to cater to specific hair needs, such as moisture, color care, or volume. They also top tresses with select products from Paul Mitchell, Redken, and Back to Basics. Though the stylists don’t lack for creativity, customers can browse the style gallery, chock full of photos of past customers, to find inspiration for new hairdos or names.
Sydney Atkinson, the stylist behind Hair Solutions by Sydney, is a people person. Her positive attitude guides her work, as she engages clients to find out what kind of look they want. She then uses her seven years of experience to skillfully render cuts, extensions, and color applications. And, unlike cell-phone owners and their service providers, many clients have even become friends with Sydney.
At The Man Spa, the staff of high-trained stylists brings a touch of class and fashion acumen to the chair during grooming services tailored solely to gentlemen. Doling out exquisite haircuts, facials, and massages in a fun and relaxed environment, the female stylists primp and prim men with luxurious treatments designed to help men look and feel at the top of their game. Hot towel shaves and sports mani-pedis round out the treatments in this lavish club atmosphere.
At DermaTech, Carla—an aesthetician with 25 years' experience—leads a team of beauty experts who specialize in treatments ranging from electrolysis and laser hair regrowth to lash tinting. Aestheticians employ Elysée skincare products in five types of facials, all of which include a 3-step cleanse plus a nourishing mask and massage. A permanent makeup artist with two decades of experience performs the center’s permanent makeup sessions, which use a topical anesthetic and specialized tattoo ink to fill in pale lips or redefine eyebrows that have wilted and started to hang off the face.
Old meets new at Shorty's Barber Shop, where owner Cristel Contreras and her barbers spend their days doling out services that range from timeless to modern. Traditional hot-lather shaves leave faces and scalps smooth to the touch, whereas fade haircuts may be customized to include designs such as stars, lettering, and grocery-shopping lists. Gentlemen's cuts can also include everything from classic styles to pompadours, all performed as clients sit back, relax, and watch a movie on the shop's TV.
Echelon Edge Academy harnesses the evolving talents of its enthusiastic student stylists and apprentice aestheticians. In addition to executing hair, skin, and nail services, the academy's students ready physiques for barrel-wearing season with more advanced cellulite treatments and body wraps. The sleek, cozy facility exudes the hair-sprayed class of a high-end salon. Its emphasis on contemporary equipment and technique yields a high rate of success that’s unattainable with outdated instruments such as perm machines powered by exercise bikes. Echelon Edge Academy displays the professional-grade work of its students in collections such as the Pin-up Girls gallery. For information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit Echelon Edge Academy's website.