Whenever her kids' bangs began to fall into their eyes, Paula Thurman couldn't help but feel a twinge of anxiety. She knew a trip to the hairdresser was in store, which meant an hour of squirming, whining, and complaining about itchy bits of fallen hair. But it was on one such trip that inspiration struck. As Paula told reporters from the Kansas City Business Journal, “as soon as I walked [into the salon], a fire went off in me, and I knew it. I saw it and thought, ‘I can do this.’” Although she had no experience running a salon or business, Paula had plenty experience keeping kids happy. She decided to combine that with keen motherly intuition and lessons learned from a few business classes to design a special salon for energetic youngsters—Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids was born.
Today, Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids has sprouted locations across Kansas, Missouri, and into New Mexico. Amid the salons' mad splashes of color, cheerful stylists snip up new styles and arrange locks into playful pigtails and beehives that are perfectly sized to hide uneaten vegetables. While they work, their young clients sit in chairs shaped like race cars, watching movies or playing video games. As kids are getting cuts, moms can shop for a toy, bow, or bottle of root-beer-scented shampoo for their wee ones in the onsite boutique.
At Beautiful Reflections by Barbara, Barbara boasts licensure in aesthetic services that include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and eyelash extensions. But the service that really sets her apart from her aesthetic contemporaries is her skill with waxing.
Dedicating her craft to discovering the golden bullet of "painless" waxes, Barbara undertakes gentle strand-removal procedures with high-quality waxes and techniques carefully chosen over years of experience. But her specialty is Brazilian waxes, a skill that has earned her the nickname "Barbara Brazilian" by her clientele. In addition to clearing away unwanted bikini fuzz, she decorates newly smooth skin with vajazzle services, adorning down-unders with more flair than a rainbow saddle.
Makeup artist and licensed aesthetician Chavon Swartz tends to the faces that walk down runways, appear on television, and visit her salon, Adorn Beautique. Inside the newly remodeled salon, Chavon and her staff pamper their clients from head to toe. They exfoliate skin during custom facials, wax brows, and even apply lash extensions that make customers look more alluring and less threatening to camels. Additionally, custom airbrush tans bronze every inch of exposed skin.
Nevaeh is an Aveda concept salon, providing clients with top-notch customer service and a wide variety of treatments designed to tame wily manes. Noodle nest nurturing begins with a relaxing neck, scalp, and shoulder massage before lackluster locks are shampooed, snipped, and clipped by one of Nevaeh’s skilled stylists. After a tress trimming, hairy head helmets are shaped and sculpted, using Aveda’s plant-based, aromatic products. Nevaeh’s upscale and tranquil environment is a calming place to pamper head whiskers. Just because linear time is an illusion doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take some for yourself; call ahead to make a reservation.
In a beautiful and relaxing loft studio, EnVogue's talented team of technicians and cosmetologists transform tattered nails and fatigued faces with nourishing nail-care and skincare services. Cuticle caretakers can treat their hands to a French manicure complete with an expert buffing and filing, a wash of pink or nude coloring, and white tips for a look that's more French than a beret full of fried potato slices. Then, EnVogue's trained nail techs take care of foot fingers with the deluxe pedicure, a combination of a Carita Renovateur anti-aging treatment, a moisturizing mask, and a softening paraffin treatment that helps feet put their best footprint forward.
Like any passionate artist, Shannon practices her craft in all areas of life. When she's not at home painting or creating handmade jewelry, she mans a styling station at Jhon Josephson Salon. Here, she draws from fifteen years of experience styling for both men and women, cutting and coloring their hair, and smoothing visages with facial waxing. Besides being trained with Framesi, TIGI, Joico, and Redken, she also beautifies guests with professional products from Aquage, CHI, and Enjoy—all of which currently line the salon’s shelves. Shannon seldom double-books appointments, allowing her to pay careful attention to the looks of each patron during highlighting sessions or games of peekaboo.