Knockouts Haircuts for Men amps up the classic barbershop experience with a lavish, sports-themed approach to men's styling that has been featured on Today and CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. At a still-growing number of locations throughout the country, the company's all-female staff of stylists quarterbacks a full playbook of services ranging from bare-essential to spa-worthy. First and foremost, they clip shaggy locks, but they also administer facials, manicures, massages, and waxes. Complimentary beverages are included with every visit, giving patrons something to sip on while watching a sports game on TV or contemplating how they would fend off a lion using just a comb.
Though the stylists at La Salon deftly handle men's and women's haircuts, they can elongate 'dos as well. Certified specialists add vibrant feathers or hair extensions to tresses, keeping abreast of new application methods rather than resorting to the old standby—using whatever gum the client is chewing. They also create fresh looks with texturizing services, from perms to Brazilian blowouts that banish frizz for up to 12 weeks. Stylists' highlights and color treatments imbue locks with bold or classic hues, whereas their updo expertise results in prom- and wedding-ready looks, complemented by eyelash extensions and makeup. Waxing for the face and body rounds out the salon's menu.
Brandy Tolosa worked in a clinical setting for most of her career, and she eventually found herself craving an environment that provided a more personalized approach. So, she left behind the sterile, taupe world of her big practice and started Sweeping Solace Massage Therapy with her husband. Together, they practice a friendly, common-sense approach to the relaxing art. "The 60 minute massage equals 60 minutes of hands-on time," Brandy says frankly, when asked what sets her business apart from others. She also cites the décor of their little studio, and how they've gone to great lengths to make their office feel very much like a home.
Luanne Green and the team at Permanent Makeup Artistry and Restoration Massage work to help beauty stand the test of time by offering a range of permanent and semipermanent cosmetic procedures. They imbue faces with lasting beauty during permanent-makeup appointments, as well as airbrush-makeup sessions that apply cosmetics via a fine mist. Luanne and her team work with myriad shades, and allow clients to custom-blend their own colors for looks that are as personalized as monogrammed bathrobes. The staffers can also remove unwanted tattoos with saline or fade products, or reduce the appearance of scars with micropigmentation color camouflage or dermarolling.
The massage therapists at Horizon Massage and Wellness have noticed something over their more than 18 years in business: an increase in stress among their patients. They do their best to counteract this rising tension with soothing handiwork in styles that range from gently relaxing Swedish massage to prenatal massage to the intense strokes of deep-tissue massage. Not only working out of their Dallas-area locations, staffers occasionally travel to local businesses to perform 15-minute massages on especially rigid office chairs.
Touch of Pure Joy Massage & Day Spa situates itself as an oasis for physical relaxation, and has relaxed clients with its signature therapies since 1999. A one-hour hot-stone massage gives stressed clients the opportunity to unwind and enjoy an utterly unrushed experience as aromatherapeutic oils perfume the air and stones send warmth deep into muscles. For those experiencing chronic pain or the discomforts of pregnancy, deep-tissue, applied kinesiology, and prenatal massages forge a truce between muscles caught in a tug-of-war match between the office chair and that recliner in the office lobby. When they've explored the spa's extensive repertoire of relaxing massages, clients can extend their day spa mini vacations with a skin-perfecting facial, or bid adieu to sandpaper skin with hand and foot salt scrubs.