Signature Service: The MVP Experience
Brands Used: Tea Tree Shampoo
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Though one seldom sees the spinning red-and-white pole out front any more, barbershops still thrive in America?Sport Clips owns and operates more than 1,000 hair cutteries that cater specifically to men and boys. Inside each location, stylists buzz clippers, massage shoulders and scalps, and wrap faces in hot towels. They happily keep up friendly conversation, but also cater to customers who'd prefer to quietly watch a game on one of their flatscreen TVs.
In addition to maintaining a man-friendly atmosphere, each stylist can perform Sport Clips' signature service, the MVP Experience. They kick off the dude-pampering with a scalp massage that incorporates a Tea Tree shampoo treatment. Then, they wrap their client's face in a hot, steamed towel?a relaxing sensation that's good for the skin. They couple the towel wrap with a quick neck and shoulder massage, completing the whole service in about 20 minutes, giving guys plenty of time to return to chopping logs with their bare hands.
Hardwood floors, dim but warm lighting, and draped windows cosset spa-goers in a cocoon of relaxation at Avon Serenity Spa. Level your exhausted limb federation onto a cushioned massage bed and allow the skilled hands of a massage therapist to administer direct-to-muscle stress relief in the form an hour of Swedish massage. Swedish massage does not involve putting chocolate-coated snow on the shoulders but instead consists of long, flowing strokes of comfortable, knot-relieving pressure. This massage technique is lighter than deep tissue, ideal for most individuals, and has been shown to reduce pain, aid circulation, and thoroughly relax rigid thinking patterns.
The experienced scissor shifters at Scoreboard Haircuts for Men sculpt and style gentlemen's manes with precision, using Paul Mitchell products. The package begins with a shampoo and conditioning, in which the hair is cleansed, pampered, and serenaded by nutrients doing their best Barry White impression. Then a scalp massage tenderizes the head terrain, relaxing both client and pelt for the forthcoming haircut. Any style, from shaggy to slim, receives the shear shaping, and trimmed hair unites in common length. A reshampoo pretties up the new ’do and softens mop-tops for shaping and styling. Finally, the hot-towel treatment graces facial surfaces, and renewed cheeks and chins emerge as clean and textured as a grade-school play about sandpaper factories.
The Reagle Beagle specializes in manscaping —not covering gentlemen in AstroTurf, but rather focusing exclusively on top-notch grooming and hairstyles for men. The house haircut far exceeds the average buzz-and-go in both quality and satisfaction. Under the hands of experienced stylist Lynette, you'll get a detailed hair, brow, and ear trim to shape and shorten scalp hairs and tame strays that have attempted to migrate down the face. In addition to those depilatory delights, you'll get a mini facial massage, the soothing warmth of hot-steam face towels, a cooling menthol shampoo, a revitalizing under-eye treatment for naturally occurring shiners, and a hot-stone neck massage sure to ease pain and produce an overwhelming sensation of wellness.
Candles flicker inside the marble fireplace, sending droplets of light into the colonial revival–style home, built in the 1920s, that houses Quintana’s Barber & Dream Spa. Hardwood floors and tan leather seating compose a warm color palette, and WiFi—installed by the ghost of the original architect—keeps busy guests connected. After appointment reminders land in their email inboxes, clients step into the earth-toned sanctuary for services ranging from basic mani-pedis and beard trims to all-day spa excursions. Guests pluck from a menu of massages, facials, waxing, and haircare, and such treatments are combined in packages for individuals and couples.
Quintana's soothing sanctuary doesn't just speak for itself. Patrons banded together to vote the salon into CityVoter's top five for Best Barber in 2009 and Best Manicure and Pedicure in 2009 and 2010. The spa's acclaim page also spotlights press recognition of Friendliest Staff, Best-Looking Storefront, and Most Helpful Combs.
Spray bronzers give you a lustrous, fresh-off-the-beach glow without exposing your skin to beach bullies or the powerful rays of our binary suns. The Powder Room uses SunFX Glow All Over, a preservative and paraben-free line of custom tanning products that eliminate the risk of turning would-be sunbathers into gigantic Twinkies. Before application, the professionally trained sun-gunners analyze your skin tone and adjust the formula to match your desired level of tan. Your tanning technician will expertly apply the melanin marinade to give you a streak-free, natural look. After one session, everyone will believe you just returned from a vacation in Barbados, completely throwing off the spy that's been on your trail since the Siberian job.