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 MVP haircut is reserved for guys who want the brawn of a chiseled cut with the extreme adrenaline rush of a pleasant pampering. Following careful instructions or expert intuition, stylists can clean up the edges without sacrificing any degree of edginess. A thorough shampoo and scalp massage ensures an itch-free walk off, while a neck and shoulder massage with steamed towel leaves cleaned-up batters with the zonal focus to connect on any upcoming office pitch.
Recognized by O, The Oprah Magazine and Allure, among many others, philosophy skin care products soothe weathered hides into silky-soft skin veneers. Fashioned from top-notch ingredients that are scientifically proven, medically accepted, and screened with head-nodding approval by particular ladies, philosophy products apply beautifying sheen one smear at a time. With a belief that the best cosmetic is healthy-looking skin, philosophy aims to buttress each customer’s mind, body, and spirit by making them look and feel their best. Sample plush moisturizers such as the popular “hope in a jar” (2 oz. for $38) or the epidermal cleansers such as “the microdelivery” (8 oz. for $25). Emanate fetching aromas with delightful fragrances such as “amazing grace” (2 oz. for $40).
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.
Ragtops Day Spa & Salon’s trio of co-owners—Terry Braaten, Ginger Braaten, and Jeanne Dankerl—have an aesthetic sense honed by more than 80 years of collective experience and training from the likes of Vidal Sassoon, Koleston, and Redken. To pamper and beautify guests, they let their combined skill loose within a 4,100-square-foot hybrid salon and day spa. Yet to ensure that Ragtops Day Spa & Salon is an all-encompassing retreat, they keep an extended community of skilled, self-employed stylists and aestheticians within—most of which have been shearing locks or painting nails for more than two decades.
Raw talent isn’t the only thing that elevates Ragtops’ services. Hairstylists sharpen their tress transformations with products from brands such as Paul Mitchell and Redken, and Ginger relies on Coppola keratin treatments to straighten and relax hair that’s been stressed since hearing a tall tale about sentient clippers. Nail artists, meanwhile, draw from a palette of OPI polishes and CND acrylics and enhance pedicures with paraffin treatments. Although services vary according to the current staff, skincare experts cleanse pores with European facials and tackle more problematic skin with microdermabrasion, glycolic facials, and oxygen facials, and massage therapists banish aches with acupressure, Swedish, and Thai massages.