Inspired by the legacy of their grandfathers—stylish gents by the names of Lewis "Emerson" Smith and Gabor "Joseph" Takats—Shelly Hutchins and Stacy Donnelly wanted to create a place where men could relax and enjoy some masculine pastimes. Their salon, Emerson Joseph, offers exactly that. In addition to male-focused hair and spa services, the space boasts a pool table and flat-screen TVs announcing the latest in sports. During appointments, the stylists treat faces to hot-towel wraps, trim cuticles and hangnails, and serve complimentary beverages. They even polish off haircuts with a quick shoeshine, a true gentleman's service that's almost as classic as the spit-shine facial.
Barbers at this neighborhood salon have trimmed flattops and shaped handlebars for 32 years. Their service menu is one of old-fashioned simplicity: haircuts for gents, ladies, and kids, with shampoo or a beard trim available for a little extra. Despite their pared-down menu, staffers stock their stations with premium American Crew and Paul Mitchell products and take pride in their skillful clips, close shaves, and even closer shaves with the law during the scissors prohibition.
City Barbers' friendly staff at Uptown and Highland Creek specializes in the shearing, shaving, and four-part harmony expected of an authentic, old-time haircuttery, while using technology and sports to lure the most modern of men. Each workstation is equipped with its own flat-screen TV and comfortable black-leather chair, making it easy for clients to imagine what it'd be like getting a professional-quality haircut at home. The haircut will be performed by a skilled pair of scissors wielded by a skilled hand, then topped off with a complimentary straight-razor neck shave that will leave your skin feeling as smooth as a well-oiled fire truck.
There are plenty of new gadgets available for shaving, but RAZOR KUTZ's resident stylist, Michele, prefers the old-fashioned one. Using a texturizing razor, she leaves faces hairless and smooth after relaxing 30-minute shaves complete with soothing oils, creams, and hot towels. Though available solo, shaves are also part of Michele's deluxe haircut package, which include a neck massage and conditioning neck and scalp massage. Of course, the centerpiece of the package is the customized haircut itself, wherein Michele styles each 'do with a texturizing razor and finishes with a dry and style. While Michele is hard at work, gents can relax with a free pour of beer, soda, or water.
When Nicole Peskin earned her cosmetology licensed in 2001, that wasn’t the end of her education. She continued with advanced trainings in cutting techniques, color applications, and special styles for a night on the town. She dispenses her skills at Creative Layers Hair & Art Studio, where Nicole is her own boss, which only gets confusing when she must request a day off.
In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right?within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services?from foundation checks to express facials?allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.