Ray Francom's barbershops evoke a bygone era with their antique cash registers, vintage barbershop signs, and old-fashioned smooth lather shaves with hot towels and straight razors. Above the checkered floors of his second location, ceiling murals, chandeliers, and high wood beams watch over wisps of falling hair. In both locations, Francom combines classic barbershop trimmings with modern styling acumen, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather as well as his three barber brothers.
Francom's hand-selected staff has a wide range of experience and specialties, including beard design and precision cuts for men, women, and children. Each trim ends with a hot-lather neck shave and mechanical shoulder massage from a vintage barbershop machine.
The staff at Urban Retreat Spa & Salon believe that physical beauty begins with a healthy attitude. While cultivating a positive vibe inside a comfortable spa setting, they offer a full range of services that use cutting-edge techniques for skincare, body waxing, and nail treatments. Massages in a number of modalities, including pregnancy, hot-stone, and deep-tissue, relax muscles, and laser treatments—including skin rejuvenation and hair removal—show off the spa's high-tech equipment. In addition to beautifying services, Urban Retreat maintains the Whimsy Clothing Boutique, where stylists match shoppers to eclectic fashions.
Expansive, sunny windows illuminate the deep-red walls framing Mid City Salon’s elegant space, where trained aestheticians groom keratin-based parts with a range of treatments. Stylists revamp hair with trimming and chemical services that alter color and texture without attempting high-risk crayon implantation. Manicurists, meanwhile, outfit natural and acrylic nails in decorative swipes of polish, creating long-lasting style with CND Shellac applications or trendy designs such as cheetah print and flowers. Aestheticians can also rework façades with a quick brow and lip wax or a flawless makeup application. For offsite pampering, stylists arrive at homes during salon birthday parties to give girls aged 3 and older a chic updo, a smattering of glitter makeup, and polished nails that make them feel like adults without memorizing tax-return terminology.
Like all Aveda salons, Landis Aveda Lifestyle Salon helps polish clients' styles with earth-friendly, naturally derived products. After opening a location in Salt Lake City in 2005, the salon has since sprouted a twin location and focused on developing serious talent. Their stylists spend 18 months in training, working their way up from apprentice to Grand Salon level, gaining experience, training, and the ability to gently comb a hibernating bear’s hair without waking it.
At Visage Salon Studios, clients don't have to choose just one pampering service. That's because a fleet of independent stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists are on hand to treat clients to a wide range of services. Here, clients can opt for an elegant updo, subtle highlights, or hair extensions that add volume more effectively than carrying around a blow-dryer everywhere you go. Clients can also opt for body-sculpting sessions to take off inches, or release stress during massage appointments.
Heavenly Hands Massage & Spa’s strong-thumbed therapists dissipate their clients' tension with the same massage techniques they have used to unwind professional athletes from the Utah Grizzlies, Blaze, and Bees. With this veteran experience, the staff focuses on alleviating chronic pain or injury-related discomfort through therapeutic methods that range from the standard modalities of Swedish and deep-tissue massage to the Eastern practices of Thai massage and ashiatsu. Ashiatsu—a centuries-old method born out of discomfort from pillows not being invented—evicts deep-seated tension by having massage therapists steady themselves on a bar anchored to the ceiling and apply pressure with targeted footsteps. To iron out energy kinks, a team of yoga instructors orchestrates classes that stretch and strengthen muscles while centering the mind. Hairstylists and aestheticians round out the bodily bolstering with expert styling and nine varieties of facial.