Mens Locker Room’s team of old-school barbers spruce up all types of man manes using handpicked products by American Crew, Paul Mitchell, and Chi-Man within a lounge-like space decked out with pool tables, dart boards, and five flat-screen TVs, earning the barbershop CityVoter's 2009 Best Barber award. Sleek leather swivel chairs hoist gents during the First Down haircut, a custom snipping that includes a mustache trim, a dash of neck powder, an oil sheen, a splash of aftershave, and an opportunity to uncover the secret barber conspiracy to finally cut Iggy Pop’s hair. During straight-razor shaves, staffers swaddle faces in soothing hot towels before slathering cheeks and necks with a mix of shaving cream and gel. After ousting unwanted fuzz with a straight razor and a sharply worded eviction notice, they’ll freshen countenances with a moisturizing aftershave. Combine the cut and shave or add a 30-minute massage](http://www.menslockerroomkc.com/25089.html) into the mix, which gives stress the boot with a Swedish or sport massage designed to increase circulation and slacken tight tendons.
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.
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.
Voted Kansas City’s Best Hair Salon in 2009 by CityVoters, DF LifeSalon employs an arsenal of master stylists to deliver cutting-edge cuts (women’s $40+, men’s $25+) and colors (women’s $75+), as well as anti-aging spa services such as oxygen detox foot cleanses ($50+) and oxygen facials ($95+). Opt for professional waxing services ($15+ to $45+) to prep for a vacation, swim race, or a shirtless calendar photo shoot.
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."
Roca Salon & Spa’s roots draw upon more than 35 years of styling history, adventure, and love. It began with Vidal Sassoon–trained hairstylist Rod Cavner running a small Main Street salon named Blondie’s, where he was joined by his soon-to-be wife, and fellow Vidal Sassoon–trained hairstylist, Rhonda. After marrying and moving to Hawaii for four years, the duo returned with innovative new services, design concepts, and island-themed nicknames for friends. The result was Rhonda's three-year makeover of the space, which now includes eco-friendly, energy-efficient lighting and appliances as well as eye-catching decor.
The couple's time spent island hopping is evident in the pedicure room, where bamboo reaches up toward a sparkling chandelier that shines upon backlit purple-and-pink glass basins, in which toes bask in hot stones and Hawaiian mud. Stacey Soble of Salon Today interviewed Rhonda when the salon was named the third runner-up in the magazine's Salon of the Year design competition. Cavner said, "The bonus wow factor is the entire styling area floor has embedded phosphorescent chips which cause the floor to glow in the dark when the lights suddenly go off!”
But the decor isn't the only thing that earned the company recognition as one of KC Magazine’s best Kansas City salons in 2012. The talented team includes hair colorists who have trained in London, Paris, and Beverly Hills, as well as skilled aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians. The color experts work their magic in an elegant, modern area with see-through chairs, potted white orchids, and long strings of crystal beads that divide the space and give visiting Spider-Men an easy way to reach the ceiling.
An independent stylist working within Blo Salon Studio, Alonda Lona draws from more than nine years of experience as she sculpts her clients' hair into cutting-edge looks. Scissors in tow, she can snip the strands of both men and women, or apply deep-conditioning treatments to repair damage from a lifetime of creating static for balloons. Ms. Lona is also a certified colorist, granting her the ability to adjust hues through highlights and all-over color treatments.
Blo Salon Studio's chic decor, which includes exposed brick walls, echoes the modern styles that emerge from each salon chair. The salon's services incorporate professional products from brands including Unite, AG, and Davines.