Before modern-day salons, barbershops were a haven for masculine camaraderie with a side of hair services. When Joe Grondin, a master barber of more than 30 years, opened the first Roosters Men's Grooming Center, he worked to recapture that ambiance, but updated the styling techniques. Today, gents there revel in a slow-paced atmosphere and contemporary services. Patrons sit comfortably during cuts that culminate with aftershave and a dash of powder on the neck and vintage facial shaves, complete with a cleansing and towels warmed by hugs from bald eagles. The stylists and barbers only enlist professional products from brands such as American Crew and Woody's, which are tailored to male hair and emanate fragrances like a bouquet from a Camaro.
Tracey and Helyn, nail technicians at Mandarin Salon & Day Spa, utilize their over 50 years of collective experience to pamper patrons' hands and feet with an array of nail services. Aromatherapy soaks, exfoliating treatments, towel wraps, and massages come with their spa mani-pedis, and the two are happy to add softening paraffin treatments to manicures and soothing hot rocks to pedicures. After clients indulge in these relaxing treatments, they choose colorful lacquers from an inventory that includes long-lasting OPI Gelcolor and Axxium gel polish. The duo also applies acrylics to natural nails that are damaged, short, or just shy, sculpting them with pink and white powders for a natural looking extension of your own nails that can be polished with a choice of colors or left natural.
Amid a roomy 7,000-square-foot space, the attentive staff at Beauty Addict Salon & Spa ushers spa-goers to and fro, as they treat them to a range of beautifying services. Whether stepping into the haven solo or as part of a group, clients will receive their technician's full attention during treatments, such as highlights with Balayage hair-coloring techniques, Shellac manicures, and eyelash perms. Advanced LED services including SpaWhite teeth-whitening sessions and Lumiere light therapy—which helps stimulate collagen production and reverse the signs of aging—infiltrate the spa menu as well. In addition, the spa's organic, vegan spray tan bronzes the body without the need for UV rays or homemade beds constructed from Easy-Bake ovens.
At Amazing Grace Productions, owner and licensed aesthetician Amber Preston brings her training from Aveda Institute Columbus to help clients achieve their most striking iterations through a full menu of salon services. Amber likes to keep things personal, devoting full attention to each person who walks through the door or rappels through the skylight. Before administering each custom facial, she thoroughly analyzes clients’ skin and whips up a tailored blend of ingredients sensitive to their issues. Amber’s flexible hours cater to devout nine-to-fivers by keeping flexible hours most weekdays—staying open until 11:45 p.m. Thursday and Friday—and always opening her doors on weekends.
Stylist and photographer Marc Baronian draws on 20 years of experience at salons and fashion shows in Boston and Chicago to create transformative looks at Avedis Salon & Photography. With comprehensive makeovers that include haircuts and makeup applications by Melissa Lopez, he showcases his ability to reveal clients' true beauty using fine-tuned professional techniques rather than an enchanted looking glass. Clients can immediately document their dynamic new looks at the in-house photography studio, where Baronian adjusts the lighting, directs poses, and digitally removes blemishes and other imperfections to create elegant images.
Natural light floods through the salon's large front windows onto leather sofas and a painting of budding tulips. Amid these comforting accents, skilled aestheticians pamper their clients from scalp to toe with indulgent hair-, skin-, and nailcare services. They hydrate strands with invigorating hot-oil treatments and use facials to help reverse damage caused by stress, poor diet, or environmental hazards such as sunshine. The staff also removes unwanted sideburns and mustaches with wax and thread.