Owner Lesli Grabill leads the talented team at Flhair in crafting ’dos that draw influence from contemporary styles. During haircuts for both men and women, experienced hands—including those of an American Crew–certified stylist—snip strands and build them into stylish new structures that match clients' mental blueprints. Colorists can imbue hair with a brand-new hue or add dimension with a smattering of highlights. Flhair also lightens facial burdens with waxing services in an effort to smooth out skin and effectively reduce drag before important headbanging competitions.
Whenever her kids' bangs began to fall into their eyes, Paula Thurman couldn't help but feel a twinge of anxiety. She knew a trip to the hairdresser was in store, which meant an hour of squirming, whining, and complaining about itchy bits of fallen hair. But it was on one such trip that inspiration struck. As Paula told reporters from the Kansas City Business Journal, “as soon as I walked into the salon, a fire went off in me, and I knew it. I saw it and thought, ‘I can do this.’” Although she had no experience running a salon or business, Paula had plenty experience keeping kids happy. She decided to combine that with keen motherly intuition and lessons learned from a few business classes to design a special salon for energetic youngsters—Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids was born.
Today, Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids has sprouted locations across Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Iowa, and into New Mexico. Amid the salons' mad splashes of color, cheerful stylists snip up new styles and arrange locks into playful pigtails and beehives that are perfectly sized to hide uneaten vegetables. While they work, their young clients sit in chairs shaped like race cars, watching movies or playing video games. As kids are getting cuts, moms can shop for a toy, bow, or bottle of root-beer-scented shampoo for their wee ones in the onsite boutique.
Affinity Salon’s tress-tamers boast a backlog of cosmetological certifications to sanction their spread of skull-string-snipping services. Renovate your head threads with a cut and style (starting at $35 for women, $25 for men), or disguise yourself before a law-flouting jaywalking binge with an all-over color treatment (starting at $50). The salon’s mane-wranglers specialize in using Tigi products to smooth and saturate strands with deep-conditioning treatments (starting at $10), and frizz fighters can also opt for the Brazilian blowout, a 90-minute treatment that actually bolsters hair health and lasts up to 12 weeks without using corrosive chemicals ($300).
The style stalwarts at Supercuts have trimmed, toned, and honed the domes of hair-bearing hominids for decades. Walk-ins and waltz-ins are always welcome seven days a week at any of Supercuts' convenient locations. The experienced stylists can accommodate cuts ranging from quick, careful mop maintenance to a more buzzworthy beehive for hypnotizing local grizzlies. Each scissor-handed specialist will draw from a vat of experience, leveraging quality hair products from Paul Mitchell and others to infuse your filaments with a winsome glow and creative coiffure. Feel free to stockpile up to three Groupons to ensure a series of sure-fire cuts before snow-spooked wallets retreat into prolonged hibernation.
Xenon International Academy's accredited beauty-school curriculum trains fledgling spa and salon technicians in the ways of the scissors and the cucumber slice. These able aesthetician aspirants perform the Academy's variety of services under the watchful eye of a licensed and experienced instructor. With a customized facial treatment ($30), they'll replace your face's neon-green glow with a healthier radiance by cleansing, exfoliating, and balancing dizzy skin tissue. An acne-clearing treatment ($36–$40) targets and evicts any insurgent blackheads, whiteheads, and inflamed redheads that have been vandalizing your pores. Broken, tattered, or torn nails can be carefully repaired for $3, and more ambitious customers can luxuriate in a complete French manicure ($18–$19) before chasing it with a spa pedicure ($24–$25) in a throne chair salvaged from the spa in Tutankhamun’s tomb. A trained sculptor of scalp whiskers can tame your hairy head monster into a stylish new 'do ($7–$8), then color it ($28–$30) so that you blend in with the fall foliage and evade hungry ogres on quiet walks through the forest.
Since 2004, The Birdcage Salon's meticulous stylists have injected pizzazz into dreary 'dos with expertly crafted cuts, vibrant colors, and omega-oil-rich Aquage products. The 90- to 120-minute appointment with a Level 1 stylist begins with an investigation into current hair hopes. After reaching a verdict, the hair whisperer will apply complementary highlights (a $70 value) to flatter complexions and provide a good role model for graying ball caps. Follicles marinate in color while patrons marvel at feather-sketched walls inside the open salon. Scissor specialists express their gratitude to veteran split ends before severing ties and shaping locks into a pristine style (a $25 value). The salon is open seven days a week, and Groupon customers can upgrade to a Level 2 or Level 3 stylist by paying an additional fee or bringing a recommendation letter from George Washington’s powered wig. Call ahead for details.