Below overhead lights, which cast a buttery glow on Level 2 Hair Designs’ polished wood floors and white walls, skilled stylists chisel elegant layers and highlight strands with Redken and Goldwell products. Clients may also solicit the salon for a restorative facial or nix unwanted hair with a swift wax or electrolysis treatment.
In David Raccuglia's "Modern Man Portrait Series," impeccably dressed models of masculinity such as Jack Nicholson, Gary Oldman, and Iggy Pop pose in stark black-and-white photographs. The series hangs on the wall of the MensDept. as a reminder of the significant difference proper grooming can make to a man's appearance. It's a difference founder Kurt Kueffner spent 15 years showcasing for salon owners as he toured the country demonstrating men's haircutting techniques to fellow stylists.
When he decided it was time to put that teaching into practice, he opened MensDept., an upscale salon staffed only by stylists who have received at least 60 hours of hands-on, one-on-one training from Kurt himself. They base each cut on the client's hair type and head shape, rather than on meeting the daily mohawk quota mandated by local law. Beyond blending grays naturally into darker strands, the team can rejuvenate hair with customized color or conduct cuts at the client's office on weekdays until 3 p.m.
Amid the modern, minimalist decor of MENS SPA, stylists treat clients to an array of male-tailored salon and spa services, such as haircuts with hot towels and anti-aging facials. A consultation precedes each haircut, giving clients the opportunity to describe their desired style or favorite childhood comb. Styling sessions also include a complimentary cappuccino or espresso.
Relaxation permeates each treatment at Lontis Day Spa & Salon, be it the stress-relieving scalp massage that comes before a haircut or the indulgent kneading that accompanies all pedicures and facials. Even the signature massage gets a tranquil boost with the help of heated stones, steamed towels, and a custom body scrub. But in addition to relaxing clients, these treatments aim to beautify exteriors with high-quality products from brands such as Dermologica and Moroccanoil.
Owner and proprietor Denny Kemp started his career in styling as one of the first students of Horst Rechelbacher, founder of Aveda. Amid playful depictions of personified planets, a brigade of artistically minded stylists, each with at least five years of experience, spritzes clients with such professional-grade products as Bumble and bumble and the French-developed Kérastase. Clarisonic dual-brush sonic oscillation uncorks pores during facials, and Dermalogica skincare products eschew irritants, artificial fragrances, and laugh tracks. In hair services, stylists smooth frizz with keratin formulas or, through the pinch-braid technique, weave natural hair with extensions while boosting volume.
Once guests step under the red-and-white striped awning that marks the entrance to Salon Rouge, they're transported to France. The salon's ruby-red entryway leads to a chic space where the glows of chandeliers bounce off marble floors and papered walls. Antique armoire mirrors capture reflections of a mix of Parisian flea-market finds and upscale, modern touches, such as European shampoo bowls.
Veteran salon owner and stylist Richard Staab owned an art deco–styled salon before selling it and moving to the salon’s current location, formerly a century-old condo basement.
Amid this festive backdrop, Staab's team of expert stylists tends to tresses with top-quality products from Oribe, Kevin Murphy, and Savon de Marseille. Additional beauty products line the shelves, such as perfumes from Comme des Garçons, allowing guests to look and smell more authentically French than a Croissan'Wich.