It begins with a facial massage with MMIV shave oil, creating a protective barrier and conditioning the skin with Vitamin E. Next, warm towels open pores, soften scruff, and relax muscles without the adverse and downright weird affects of a horse tranquilizer. Finally, hand-whipped MMIV shave cream coats jawlines, another product packed with Vitamin E as well as green tea. This process comprises just the preliminary steps for an Ultimate Shave at M.U.G. Men's Ultimate Grooming. Once faces are prepped, specially trained barbers shave with, and then against, the grain. Then, they wrap smooth faces in a cool towel before spreading on moisturizer like butter on a dry Thanksgiving turkey—but without Grams and Aunt Carol watching closely.
All of the MMIV products are exclusive to M.U.G. Its masterminds spent almost a decade formulating them specifically for the Ultimate Shave, making sure each held an ample amount of conditioning Vitamin E. The staff, which also cuts and colors hair, trusts in the products so fully that they'll give you a refund if the MMIV line doesn't deliver the closest shave since Napoleon bear-crawled away from Waterloo, sobbing into his epaulets.
Hair Attractions has all the salon services you’d expect of a haircare haven, from highlights and spiral perms to Japanese thermal straightening treatments. But because the staff understands that getting a new haircut, like shouting, “Hey! Look at my face!,” draws attention to the face, they also feature more than a dozen facials and other skincare services. Microzone, Hair Attractions’ marquee aesthetic treatment, takes only 20 minutes to repair a specific area—the lips, hands, or eyes—with exfoliation and an infusion of vitamins and proteins.
The Essential Health: Colon Hydro Therapy Clinic's licensed techs help heal bodies from the soul outward with gentle colon hydrotherapies and customized massages. Utilizing only sterile and disposable equipment, The Added Touch's colonics provide a safe and effective means of eradicating built-up bowel waste, from toxins and fecal matter to loitering impaction, as clients recline across a far-infrared treatment mat and fill olfactory cavities with the scent of aromatherapy oils. Customized massages melt away stress and body aches while an on-staff, licensed reflexologist targets specific points of pain by rubbing the heels and toes to the tune of "Chopsticks." Appointments can be scheduled Tuesday?Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with availability for after-hours sessions.
Tattoo parlors and barbershops are in Adam Dorsett's blood. After inheriting his great uncle and aunt's 1930s tattoo equipment and barber tools, he entered a tattooing apprenticeship. With 3.5 years of instruction and experience, Dorsett opened Electric Haven Tattoo & Barber Shop and invented High Life Pomade—a classic workingman's hair grease that keeps strands in place by never saying “I love you.”
All of Dorsett's tattoo artists completed apprenticeships up to four years long and draw on that experience as they craft masterpieces such as portraits and old-school tats. His barbers trim dos and facial hair the old-fashioned way—with straight razors and hot towels. While they wait, barber customers of age may sip on complimentary tap beer. To ensure safety, Dorsett makes sure his staff is certified in CPR, first aid, and blood-borne pathogens. They also participate in monthly sterilizer spore testing and proper biowaste removal.
Under the watchful gaze of Spiro and Vera Vatoci, the stylists at Vatoci Hair Studio shape ‘dos with products by Redken and Pureology while abstract mirrors reflect each transformation. Before Spiro gained his 17 years of experience, he was fascinated by the impact a new cut or color could have on a person's self-confidence. Along with Vera, he strives to bring clients' visions to reality by studying innovative techniques and trends. Beyond updating manes, the staffers also strip unwanted fuzz with waxing services and trim beards with the skill of a beard-championship winner competing in the freestyle category.
Chateau Cheveux’s resident nail technician, Tawanda Johnson-Gray, outfits fingertips with sparkling swatches of polish and keeps cuticles meticulously neat. With excellent brushwork, Tawanda tops off her manicures and pedicures with a range of polishes, including French tips and elaborate designs, examples of which can be ogled here.