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.
Crossroads Chiropractic & Massage Associates provides therapeutic massage treatments tailored to each client's specific needs to gently coax tenseness from bodies. Registered massage therapist and local lumbar hero Reiss Rankin escorts clients into clean, comfortable treatment rooms for 30- or 60-minute therapeutic muscle-kneading sessions. The Crossroads approach to massage aims to relieve musculoskeletal pain and promote soothing circulation by tailoring each session to address the client's unique sources of tension, be they chronic pain, injury, or stress. Each session can incorporate an array of common therapeutic massage techniques and styles, including deep-tissue massage, sports massage, and the sweet relief of funnel-cake massage.
At M&M Esthetics, the emphasis is on helping clients rejuvenate their appearance in a peaceful environment. The spa's licensed aesthetician provides services such as microdermabrasion, which mitigates sun damage and lessens the appearance of fine lines, and body waxing to help clients prep for beach season. The spa welcomes both male and female clients.
Angie Mathews knows that to look good, you need to feel good, and vice versa. She caters the menu of services at Mind-Body Nutrition Day Spa to strike such a balance between said mind, body, and the elusive spirit. Angie's signature treatment, the microcurrent face-lift, sends mild electrical currents through the skin to stimulate rejuvenation at the cellular level. With Cirepil wax from Perron Rigot, she deftly lifts away unwanted hair and stubborn glitter, leaving skin smoother than a freshly baked jellybean. Body wraps, massages, facials, body sculpting, and chemical peels round out her list of offerings, allowing her to promote relaxation and tend to sensitive skin.
As a registered yoga school with the Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists, KCFitnessLink regularly mints new instructors. The fitness company advances students through 200- or 500-hour programs that yield certifications in various styles including Hatha and Vinyasa. In addition to transforming students into teachers, KCFitnessLink empowers people to become healthier and happier. Corporate wellness programs bring relief to stressed-out employees by integrating massage, yoga, and retreats to naturally occurring water coolers. Alternatively, personal-training sessions tackle individual goals such as weight management and sports conditioning. Replete with drop-in yoga and boot-camp sessions, KCFitnessLink's class schedule caters to athletes of all abilities. Massage therapy, available in several modalities, keeps muscles limber and free of knots.
Hot-rod magazines and rockabilly tunes punctuate Chop Tops' retro atmosphere, where vintage video is just as likely to grace the TV as a live sporting event, and complimentary beverages are de rigueur. This youthful atmosphere often translates into a youthful-looking head and a plethora of compliments from friends, strangers, and the insides of hats. Add pep to your step with a new cut and shampoo ($15 for men, $31+ for women), or defy nature's palette with highlights or lowlights ($67+ for partial, $87+ for full). Once you get your new 'do, refresh your visage with Chop Tops' 60-minute European facial ($50) followed by a neat eyebrow wax ($15) that frames your best features and makes your eyes pop in the way that doesn't give people nightmares. The gentle yet efficient gurus at Chop Tops can also de-fuzz your half leg ($30) or give you an expert Brazilian wax ($50+). To better show off your newly hairless legs, throw in an airbrush tan customized to complement your natural skin tone ($20).