Were it not for the old-fashioned sign hanging from a post outside, visitors might have a difficult time locating Seventh Avenue Barbershop. The shop resides in a two-story building that can easily be mistaken for another home in its charming Marion neighborhood.
Once inside, however, it?s easy to see what makes the barbershop and salon stand out. Amid swirls of red, white, and blue, the sounds of friendly chatter fill the air as licensed barber Andy Karasek clips shaggy manes and trims beards. Taking his cues from the barbers of yesteryear, Andy softens cheeks with hot towels before shaving stubble with a straight razor or a jeweled Victorian butter knife.
Equally comfortable with everything from nails to hair, the staff at Serendipity's can help anyone get a hold of just the right look. The multi-talented team includes stylists who specialize in coloring treatments, men's haircuts, and other forms of hair care. A massage therapist and an aesthetician are also on staff, making the salon a destination not only for beauty, but for self-care as well. Although traditional mani-pedis, facials, and waxing treatments are all available, clients also come in for special henna tattoos and threading services that get brows perfectly shaped.
At Serendipity's Salon, a certified aesthetician pampers her clients with traditional spa services, including European facials with added arm and leg massages, deep chemical exfoliation, and waxing. The staff also specializes in eastern-influenced treatments, such as henna tattooing and threading services for eyebrows, faces, or stuffed animals tired of wearing the same old expression.
Fix Salon, owned by Italian-trained stylist Juliet, combines expert hairdo rejuvenation and support for local artists and musicians to create a funky, laid-back environment. Relax in leather barber chairs as a licensed cosmetologist or, in rare cases, unlicensed cosmonaut sends nimble shears through strands to create follicle finery for both women (a $35 value) and men (a $20 value). Locks can rest easy knowing that stylists use high-end products from New York Streets, Sebastian, American Crew, and others to give labored locks a freshening boost.
The style-savvy staff at Expressions Salon & Spa Inc. bolsters fading façades with a variety of beautifying services both time-tested and contemporary. Muscle menders mollycoddle ligaments with a variety of massage techniques, such as the traditional 30-minute Swedish massage ($55), which infuses a firm, gentle, touch with choice aromas to ease away the stresses of daily commutes and nightly Jenga losses. The Short But Sweet facial ($41–$55) includes a skin evaluation, pore cleanse, facial massage, exfoliation, and moisturizing treatment, thwarting acne breakouts and bacteria break-ins. Clear stubborn hair forests with a mélange of waxing services, which employ nonirritating products to shape eyebrows ($12) and remove unwanted follicles from underarms ($22), lips ($12), or chins ($12), leaving skin as soft and smooth as a freshly shaved pillow. Experienced tress tamers can cut and style locks ($31–$39) into accentuating fashions for a classic, complementary beauty.
Armed with current techniques for properly maintaining noggin lawns, Regis Salon’s network of stores keeps clients’ hair in order as dictated by the latest trends. Within this caravan of hair bazaars, customers’ wild manes are tamed by skillful stylists; use your Groupon toward a shampoo, cut, and blow-dry, and lean back and dream of breakdancing Stay Puft Marshmallow Men as a stylist carefully cleanses hair with shampoo and conditioner and then clips it into stylish head hedges that beautifully complement scalp-garden pathways. Afterward, the hair that’s left behind will receive a loving blow-dry for a style that gleams and glitters like a ruby-encrusted bowling ball. During the treatment, stylists offer helpful tips and tricks to help clients care for hair at home. If a shampoo and cut isn't your cup of sports drink, put your Groupon toward the cost of another service, such as hair coloring (starting at $52), highlights (starting at $75), or a perm (starting at $75).