The MVP haircut is reserved for guys who want the brawn of a chiseled cut with the extreme adrenaline rush of a pleasant pampering. Following careful instructions or expert intuition, stylists can clean up the edges without sacrificing any degree of edginess. A thorough shampoo and scalp massage ensures an itch-free walk off, while a neck and shoulder massage with steamed towel leaves cleaned-up batters with the zonal focus to connect on any upcoming office pitch.
Under the watchful gaze of Spiro and Vera Vatoci, the stylists at Vatoci Hair Studio shape ‘dos with products by Redken and Pureology while abstract mirrors reflect each transformation. Before Spiro gained his 17 years of experience, he was fascinated by the impact a new cut or color could have on a person's self-confidence. Along with Vera, he strives to bring clients' visions to reality by studying innovative techniques and trends. Beyond updating manes, the staffers also strip unwanted fuzz with waxing services and trim beards with the skill of a beard-championship winner competing in the freestyle category.
Chateau Cheveux’s resident nail technician, Tawanda Johnson-Gray, outfits fingertips with sparkling swatches of polish and keeps cuticles meticulously neat. With excellent brushwork, Tawanda tops off her manicures and pedicures with a range of polishes, including French tips and elaborate designs, examples of which can be ogled here.
It begins with a facial massage with MMIV shave oil, creating a protective barrier and conditioning the skin with Vitamin E. Next, warm towels open pores, soften scruff, and relax muscles without the adverse and downright weird affects of a horse tranquilizer. Finally, hand-whipped MMIV shave cream coats jawlines, another product packed with Vitamin E as well as green tea. This process comprises just the preliminary steps for an Ultimate Shave at M.U.G. Men's Ultimate Grooming. Once faces are prepped, specially trained barbers shave with, and then against, the grain. Then, they wrap smooth faces in a cool towel before spreading on moisturizer like butter on a dry Thanksgiving turkey—but without Grams and Aunt Carol watching closely.
All of the MMIV products are exclusive to M.U.G. Its masterminds spent almost a decade formulating them specifically for the Ultimate Shave, making sure each held an ample amount of conditioning Vitamin E. The staff, which also cuts and colors hair, trusts in the products so fully that they'll give you a refund if the MMIV line doesn't deliver the closest shave since Napoleon bear-crawled away from Waterloo, sobbing into his epaulets.
Carolyn B. Melby has more certifications and licenses than she can shake a stick at?an obvious truth when you consider that she has yet to receive a certification in stick shaking. During her 30-plus years in the skincare industry, Carolyn has earned an aesthetician license, two business degrees, a certification in permanent makeup, and a license in medical laser technology in the state of Arizona. Given such a broad skill set, her similarly wide selection of services comes as little surprise to her clients. Of her many talents, Carolyn most often works with aging, acne-prone, or hyperpigmented skin?conditions that she diligently treats with high-end services such as microdermabrasion, skin-rejuvenation therapy, and permanent makeup applications.
Recognized by O, The Oprah Magazine and Allure, among many others, philosophy skin care products soothe weathered hides into silky-soft skin veneers. Fashioned from top-notch ingredients that are scientifically proven, medically accepted, and screened with head-nodding approval by particular ladies, philosophy products apply beautifying sheen one smear at a time. With a belief that the best cosmetic is healthy-looking skin, philosophy aims to buttress each customer’s mind, body, and spirit by making them look and feel their best. Sample plush moisturizers such as the popular “hope in a jar” (2 oz. for $38) or the epidermal cleansers such as “the microdelivery” (8 oz. for $25). Emanate fetching aromas with delightful fragrances such as “amazing grace” (2 oz. for $40).