At Simply Gents, men of all age brackets sit back and relax as skilled stylists tackle everything from edging and polishing the nails of hardworking hands, to executing clean, handsome haircuts. Each member of the eminently experienced staff brings a wealth of specialized skills to the barbershop chair or spa table, including delivering precision clipper cuts and beard detailing or carrying out speedy, deft waxing of unwanted body hair. The space exudes an aura of old-timey manliness, with straight-razors gently cleaning away stubble from jawlines, a dark, varnished hardwood floor underfoot, and a policy of mandatory arm-wrestling for all new visitors.
In almost 30 malls sprinkled across four states, Beauty Plus Salon beckons prospective makeover recipients with a fleet of skilled stylists and a colossal selection of professional beauty products. "The beauty industry never slows down," staffers say on Facebook, so "neither do we." That's why mall-goers find Beauty Salon open seven days a week. Between the retail shelves that average 500 nail polish colors, clients get gussied with services that pamper hair, skin, and nails.
Whether with clippers or scissors, Gregory Rossi demonstrates a deft barber's touch that he's honed for nearly 20 years. At Rossi's Hair Studio, he and his brother Nicholas tap into their industry experience to provide cuts, shaves, and other hair services for both male and female clients. Men can polish up their looks with a standard or buzz cut, hot shaves, and even men's color camo services, which can conceal grey hairs or toy soldiers hiding in parts. Rossi's also offers women's cuts in addition to highlight, coloring, and waxing treatments.
At Silk Body Waxing Studio, licensed aesthetician Kristen Whiting might be the one removing hair from your body, but you're the one in control. Kristen allows her clients to determine the speed and technique of her waxing services. For especially sensitive skin, she might take a slow, section-by-section approach, whereas those who prioritize speed receive a swift yet gentle procedure. Regardless of their preference, one rule remains firm: no double dipping.
Kristen caters to men and women alike with her supply of cream-based and hard wax. She specializes in Brazilians, which remove every strand of hair from the front and back of the pelvic region. This and other body waxing services leave physiques smooth and primed for summer activities, such as hitting the beach or worshipping Ra. In addition to areas such as the chest, underarms, and abdomen, Kristen also waxes parts of the face, from brows to sideburns to lips. And, as a trained skincare professional, she can even accompany clients on shopping trips for skin products and provide other advice for keeping pores healthy.
After guests have had a chance to kick back with a drink in the waiting area, Slice Hair Studio's stylists get busy mapping out a custom cranial blueprint. Once they have a plan in mind, these scissor whizzes can do everything from tidy up appearances with a simple trim to add depth and dimension with coloring and texturizing treatments. The primping doesn't have to stop with hair, though— the staffers can also put the final touches on new looks with tanning and waxing services.
In addition to taking care of guests, the stylists do their best to take care of the planet, embracing environmentally friendly business practices whenever possible. This means that they stock the shelves with natural and organic hair-care products, use energy-efficient appliances, and recycle leftover trimmings to make wigs for endangered bald eagles.