In the salon's modern interior, curved expanses of hardwood flooring flow beneath black-leather styling seats, and mirrors set in sleek wood panels reflect the light of mushroom-like hanging lamps. Waiting clients can enjoy the lounge's full bar service while reclining on a retro sofa with smooth, clean lines or use a complimentary iPad to order products (not included in today's Groupon), create their own client profile, or conduct last-minute research on pompadour styles.
Voted Kansas City's Best Barber in 2008 and 2009 by CityVoter, The Men's Locker Room provides guy-focused haircare and spa services in a comfortable, masculine atmosphere. Heads opting for the First Down haircut are first ensconced in the classic, black-leather barber chairs, reposing in regal fashion while the professional barbers shape and style hair into conservative buzzes or grandiose pompadours, perfect for taking the wind out of an Elvis-impersonating cousin's sails at an upcoming family reunion. Lip-adorning mustaches are trimmed and groomed as well, eliminating loose hairs and long-forgotten pie crumbs from a handlebar's shag. Cuts finish up in old-school style with a brush of powder around the neck, a choice of oil sheen or styling gel, and a splash of Clubman Special Reserve aftershave cologne.
Annette Jones's grin on the glossy cover of KC Business magazine is a constant reminder that Zafar's guiding concept is "do what you love." It's a motto Jones obviously took to heart, since her shop’s utterly appealing trio of services—Zafar is one-third spa, one-third salon, and one-third boutique—still stirs her passions today.
Within the hybrid shop, shoppers duck into changing rooms, where they step into the sequined leggings, feed sugar cubes to the animal print coats, and strike poses in the mini-dresses that comprise Zafar's wardrobe. At 10 hair care stations, technicians cut, style, and color, or select from a menu of natural hair services that ensure successful 'dos for almost every strand type. Facials, waxing, and massage keep skin smooth and muscles supple, and nail treatments even include a manicure option for men.
Carving presidential busts with your bare fingers and toes can produce exquisite art and help you totally nail that job interview, but it can also lead to pained digits. Today's Groupon will re-energize your extremities and make sure you get Grover Cleveland's distinguished dimples just right with a manicure and pediluxe pedicure at Hair Spray Cafe for $25 (a $60 value). The modern salon in the charming river market area on Delaware Street is a popular place, so making an appointment beforehand is recommended.
If anything, Skyline Downtown Salon is true to its name: housed in a renovated loft furnished with rustic wooden booths, the fourth-floor studio overlooks Kansas City's vista of industrial buildings and towers. While clients enjoy the view, stylists and aestheticians transform their hair, soothe façades with custom peels, and leave skin as smooth as laminated silk drapes with waxing treatments. Reflecting the attention to style of its location in the Crossroads Art District, Skyline Downtown Salon also offers haircare products from such companies as Oribe, Moroccanoil, and Bumble and bumble.
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."