Despite the deceptively simple name emblazoned across the crimson awning, The Salon is about far more than stylish 'dos forged with Keune and Kevin Murphy products. Floor-to-ceiling windows fill the salon floor with light, illuminating a cocoon of blond wood and earthy tones. Hidden from view is the spa room in which the aesthetician pampers pores with Guinot facials, Brazilian waxes, and hot-stone massages. Back out in the open, stylists teach clients to apply jane iredale mineral makeup and banish frizz with Keratin Complex smoothing treatments and a machine that pops every balloon that comes within 6 inches of your scalp.
Within Oracle Massage and Wellness Center, licensed massage therapists draw from Eastern and Western massage philosophies to eradicate muscle tension and stress in private treatment rooms. Along with classic Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, the staff draw on the radiant warmth of hot-stone massage with rocks sourced from only the most peacefully burbling rivers. Staff might also turn to holistic methods with reiki, a Japanese method that combines traditional massage with energy-balancing techniques.
Communiversity developed out of the freethinking student movements in Berkeley, California in the '60s, when All Student Association President Steve Eimer campaigned on a platform of providing accessible education to the entire community. UMKC Communiversity carries on an honorable tradition of shared experience and ideas, offering nearly 1,000 nonacademic, noncredit, pandisciplinary classes each year, suggested and taught by volunteer experts. Courses on parenting, arts and crafts, martial arts, cooking, and social development are all represented on the everchanging course roster, which reverses traditional dynamics by making leaders of students and demanding that essays be written on the sides of pencils. Now helmed by program director and official jazz guitarist Rick Mareske, Communiversity is a part of the UMKC Office of Student Involvement, and remains ever committed to, in the words of Mark Twain, not letting school get in the way of education.
An iconic barber pole—with candy-cane red, white, and blue stripes—welcomes clients into Diamond Cuts. But it's more than a barbershop. Male and female clients alike come to Diamond Cuts to get their 'dos done, and the shop includes a pool table and enough floor space for impromptu dance-offs.
A guy-centric salon that's been featured on the Today Show, Knockouts Haircuts for Men snips manly locks and doles out game-changing styles from within a boxing ring. Knockouts' Heavyweight cut includes a consultation and a shampoo both before and after hair lawns are satisfactorily edged and trimmed. While mitts tote complimentary beverages and eyes absorb the sporty flashes on flat-screen TVs, scalps melt under a tension-erasing, invigorating massage. Finally, freshly cut follicles are styled atop waiting heads before being released with an appealing new look and one nametag identifying the recipient as "Movie Actor Harrison Ford."
Before developing Elite Ceuticals Non Surgical Face Lift, the owner spent more than 20 years formulating skincare products for other companies. Armed with that experience, she creates skincare blends that stimulate and revive aging skin with aloe vera that's grown hydroponically—that is, fed a regimen of minerals and vitamins and never treated with pesticides or put through a laminating machine.