In the cozy confines of a baroque-decorated salon, owner Liz Haynes leads a team of 10 skilled stylists who tend to clients amid delicate red star-shaped lanterns that dangle above retro stylist chairs. Staffers run products from locally owned Sidlab through locks, remove unwanted hair with warm wax, or ease tension with massages, leaving muscles as relaxed as a mattress salesman who’s been locked in the store overnight. A red and black chessboard table invites guests to challenge their brains as they await appointments, while a boutique stocked with handmade soaps, perfumes, apparel, jewelry, and other baubles offers one-stop gift shopping.
The hair experts at Southern Style Barber Shop perform a variety of services designed to prettify and maintain healthy hair. In addition to performing classic cuts for men, women, and children, they condition strands, relax frizz, and straighten curly locks. They also imbue tresses with different hues through highlights or single-process color treatments.
The personable and professional staff of stylists at Red Magnolia Salon cut, color, and highlight 'dos into wearable works of art. Before each snip, the seasoned scalp artist determines a patron’s new look through a verbal consultation, a glance at the customer’s shoes, and a thorough follicular police interrogation, ensuring a custom cut that matches each client’s unique sense of style and rap sheet. Guests can alter the physical properties of their hair with a one-hour cut ($40+ for men; $60+ for women) or opt for a full cranial renovation with an application of highlights and lowlights ($75+) or all-over color ($70+). Red Magnolia Salon’s shelves are stocked with products such as nutrient-rich Davines haircare applications and Kevin Murphy products that appease the vengeful claws of low-hanging tree branches with eco-friendly essential oils.
The experienced stylists and aestheticians at Devine Designs Salon & Spa tend to clients’ hair, faces, nails, and figures with restorative services and products from brands such as Aquage, Biosilk, and OPI. Locks receive upgrades beneath the swift shears of seasoned stylists, who shape face-flattering ’dos, twist tresses into intricate braids, and heighten hues as adeptly as shutterbugs photographing a rainbow for the cover of Vogue. Cleansing facials even out complexions to create optimal canvases for professional makeup applications, and waxing and laser hair-removal treatments oust unwanted fuzz. Lime-green and chocolate-brown walls surround the spa, whose studio lighting helps keep clients from mistaking their stylists for their tax collectors.
Furnished with an antique vanity mirror and a vintage lime-green sofa, Chameleon Salon physically represents the staff’s laid-back, funky, and creative attitudes. In that upbeat environment, they cut and color hair and apply rejuvenating facials. A full-service spa, the list of indulgent services can fill whole days with waxing and teeth-whitening treatments. And, as an all-encompassing oasis, Chameleon also offers services customized to suit those of the male persuasion.
Fifty years ago, the barber shop was a refuge where men could go to spin tales, relax, catch up on the town news, and enjoy a cigar. They got their hair cut too, usually, or sometimes treated their cheeks to a close straight-razor shave, but the real draw was the social aspect that surrounded the grooming. Fast-forward to today, and it would seem as though the pace of life has extinguished this refuge. But at The Modern Man Barber Shop ten chairs fill with stories while men get their hair cut and whiskers shaved—just like the good ole days.
Cuts typically last 30 minutes—straight-razor shaves about the same—granting plenty of time for men to talk about sports and news without reaching into their pocket for their conversation cue cards. On their way out the door, they can purchase an imported cigar to light up on the street.