Each of Pro-Cuts' more than 150 locations embodies the company's casual, no-frills ethos in its own way. The salon owners cultivate an atmosphere approachable to families and menfolk while sustaining an undercurrent of elegance. The quick-snipping Pro-Cuts stylists specialize in the Pro-Cuts 15-minute haircut, followed by a 10-hour eulogy for sideburns past. While services vary by location, typical offerings include kids cuts, beard trimming, and shampoo service powered by big-name salon brands such as Biolage and American Crew.
The Boardroom Salon provides men with a comfortable, masculine respite for all their grooming needs. Place your brain container in the trusted hands of an experienced stylist who will expertly execute The Benchmark service using only telepathy. Following a consultation, each client will get a full hair face-lift, including a shampoo and conditioning, scalp massage, haircut, and style. Your expression-maker will reap the benefits of a moisturizing facial, while tired hands are returned to their factory setting with a paraffin hand dip.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Two stylists and two barbers comprise Cutz & Styles' staff. Kristin, an Aveda master stylist, begins each appointment by evaluating the client's current hairdo and eliciting feedback on his or her end goal. "I pride myself on communication and consultations with my clients," she says. "Each client receives my utmost attention to detail and quality of service."
That explains why, during each shampooing, Kristin not only washes hair but also massages the scalp in fluid, circular motions that spell relax in cursive. Afterward, she often adds a coloring or conditioning treatment such as Japanese straightening. "Most people would compare it to the keratin treatment or Brazilian blowout," she said, "but this is a permanent treatment for people who don't want any curl left."
These services?as well as mani-pedis and facials?take place in the salon area, which resides adjacent to a barbershop.
Taking their name from the 18% chromium and 8% nickel that transform regular steel into stainless steel, the staff of 18|8 Fine Men's Salons master grooming services to transform their clients into chiseled gentlemen. A greeter waits at the salon entrance with a complimentary beverage for each client and guides him to his stylist's booth or to a semiprivate treatment area for facials, massage, and other grooming sessions. Stylists carefully cut and color the hair of their clients, finishing Executive cuts and styles with five-minute shoulder massages and Bay Rum hot towels.
Technicians groom hands with MANicures and faces with straight-edge blade shaves and hot lather eos moisturizing shave cream. Guests can relax during 20-minute therapeutic massages to finish their visit and ease any tension built up in hands and forearms by excessive whittling.
Even at the height of her career at IBM, Gwendolyn Willie felt that something was missing. She decided on a career change and dove headfirst into the prestigious Toni and Guy training program. Now, with IBM in the rear-view, she has spent the last 10 years setting her sights on reprogramming hairstyles in her own studio. In the salon, featured on KTXA-TV news, guests can solicit her expertise for flattering layers, highlights, or a restorative condition treatment to fortify hair. And for gents, she borrows a page from a barbershop’s playbook. Straight-razor shaves use hot lather to open up the pores to give a closer shave than an electric razor.