To put it simply—and in their own words––the staff at Aric Ashely Salon are in the business of making people look and feel their best. To that end, they stock the salon's shelves with a full line of Redken styling products to aid them in every cut, corrective-color service, and elegant updo. For a transformation that’s truly head to toe, aestheticians deploy wax to whisk away fuzz from lip to leg and render faces flawless with airbrush makeup.
Joe Grondin built a time machine out of shaving cream, steamed towels, and aftershave. A master barber for more than 30 years, he longed for the halcyon days of the classic barbershop: a time when grooming was unhurried and conversation was meaningful. So in 1999, he opened the first Rooster’s Men’s Grooming Center in Lapeer, Michigan. Today, Rooster's’ barbershops can be found from coast to coast, but Joe's original vision remains intact: precision cuts and 7-step shaves with generous helpings of neck powder and personal attention.
Joe's barbers keep that old-school spirit alive with the Roosters Club Cut, which includes steamed towels and shampoo head massages. During their signature 7-step shaves, they prep men’s faces with moisturizers and massages before shaving every last whisker down to the skin. Rooster’s also offers camouflage coloring to keep grey hairs from standing out in an otherwise full and leafy beard, and the shop honors military, police, and fire personnel with discounted haircuts.
A trio of beauty veterans oversees services at Accolades Salon Spa, making clients feel at ease as a team of experienced stylists, aestheticians, and nail techs performs pampering services inside the Highland Park beauty haven. Stylists improve coifs with precision cuts and straightening treatments using Aveda and Clean Enhanced Organics products. Clients reclining in the spa's private treatment rooms enjoy brow tints, eyelash extensions, and custom massages expertly executed by aestheticians who pack their beauty belts full of seven Arigato skincare products, which are chemical-free and only contain a maximum of four ingredients.
Back on the salon floor, nail techs embellish hands and feet with organic mani-pedis that sheathe fingertips and toes with colorful layers of OPI polishes and CND base- and top coats. Feet wading in the warm waters of a pedi throne basin can take their time as the chair's massage and heat settings melt back muscles into pools of butter. Accolade also provides man-centric services such as hot-towel shaves, as well as advanced cosmetic injections performed by an onsite doctor.
Author and Juut SalonSpa owner David Wagner channels a childhood spent watching nature’s beauty into his Aveda salon’s eight locations. The studio stylists and other staff members, many of whom benefit from the company’s extensive training program, perform services beneath shelves laden with Aveda products. The botanically sourced elixirs repair and sculpt hair naturally without subjecting it to other products’ unpleasant chemicals or a robot hairdresser’s endless questions about love.
Norwest Stylists has deep roots in downtown St. Paul. It was founded as a barber shop more than two decades ago, and expanded over the years to incorporate cosmetologists and nail technicians. Several of the current stylists have worked there from the start.
Great Clips harnesses the vast resources of a national salon chain to provide personalized, professional styling services to follicle frolickers at five participating Chicago-area locations. Wild wigs are brought to bear by highly trained hair tamers who also serve as style guides through the often-intimidating tonsorial jungle, answering clients' questions about hair trends and maintenance. A socially responsible company, Great Clips also hosts haircut-a-thons, bake sales, and baked haircut sale-a-thons to benefit charities, including the Children's Miracle Network of hospitals and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.