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.
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).
More than a decade ago, Tovah Kincaid realized the power of massage therapy after a chiropractor relieved a source of pain that had troubled her for some time. After graduating from Anthem College as a licensed massage therapist, Tovah went on to gain valuable experience working as a massage therapist in a spa and for hospice care before she founded Tovah's Therapeutic Bodywork.
In private treatment rooms, Tovah relieves sources of tension such as an overworked muscle or an upcoming airplane-pulling competition, drawing on Swedish modalities or reflexology techniques. Tovah also pampers guests with paraffin hand treatments, sugar scrubs for the feet, and mini-facials during spa party packages and offers clients in-home massages.
It's not often you can tell people you've gotten your hair done by someone who has worked in Hollywood and actually mean someone who has worked in the movie business, as opposed to someone from Hollywood, Florida. But if you visit Robert McCain at Lady Luck Hair Parlour, you certainly can. He was the hair-department coordinator for the movie Fling, and even landed some small parts as an actor. Plus, he's lent his skills to the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants, and he provides wigs to several Kansas City theater productions and the odd hairless cat every now and again.