Jennifer Donnellan and her friends had always tossed around the saying "Peace, Love & Grilled Cheeses" to indicate good times and happiness. When Donnellan rebranded her hair salon, that saying became the studio's name. "I wanted a name that would grab your attention," she says on her website. "Make you ponder a moment and put a smile on your face." The name is whatever you want it to be, a motto that also extends to the styling, which is tailored to the individual.
Jennifer and her team are always up-to-date on modern trends, enrolling in educational workshops and grilling boutique mannequins for trade secrets. The result is an expansive menu of hair services ranging from cut and color treatments to feather extensions to laser hair therapy for men and women.
The staff at The Fifth Avenue Spa showers clients with a repertoire of soothing treatments amid white leather couches and swaying sprays of cut flowers. Décor characterized by shades of sand lets accents of purple leap from sunset photographs, blooming orchids, and images of flying people-eaters gracing the walls. With contented sighs drifting free after massages and body wraps, patrons shutter electronic devices so as not to break the relaxing spell. The intimately lit treatment rooms make eyelids increasingly heavy and delight off-leash shadow puppets during waxing treatments and facials.
Inside Bon Air Salon and Spa, beauty professionals transform clients with hair, nail, facial, and massage services. Microdermabrasion removes dead, flaky skin cells, making room for younger cells to glow. Massage services disentangle muscle knots with kneading and stroking using various degrees of pressure, including deep and peer. The salon also sells beauty products and hosts spa parties for friends and family members.
There's a party every weekend at Heroes and Hairoines. People chat between sips of wine, beer, and mimosas, and when they leave, they walk out with chic new hairstyles and nail designs. Located in the heart of San Rafael, Heroes and Hairoines greets its clients with comforts well beyond the complimentary drinks at other salons, day spas, and best-host competitions. All someone needs to do is step up to the blow-dry or waxing bar or one of several salon chairs.
As a René Furterer flagship salon, Heroes and Hairoines relies on the Parisian haircare line of natural products as well as additional treatments from the likes of Bumble and bumble., Aveda, or Kérastase—whatever is required to create looks worthy of gracing the cover of a fashion magazine. Men's grooming services are also in the team's stylish wheelhouse, as are hot-stone massages and aesthetic treatments. Aestheticians can administer facials, wax the face and body, and sculpt nails during mani-pedis.
The year was 1999, and master barber Joe Grondin was nostalgic for a bygone institution. The barbershops of old were more than a place for a man to get his hair cut: they were a place to relax, share a conversation, and sneak a bite of the peppermint-flavored pole out front. But men's grooming establishments seemed to be a thing of the past?until Grondin founded his first Roosters in Lapeer, Michigan. The new-old trend caught on, and today, the throwback barbershops can be found coast-to-coast. Men can stop by for timeless services, from haircuts to full shaves to golf advice.
A graduate of Bjorn's Hairstyling Academy, Renee Rathaus spent the better part of the ‘80s apprenticing under Marin stylists and supplementing her education with Redken, Matrix, and Sebastian training courses. In March of 1990, she opened 2nd Street Hair Designers, where she continues to expand her skill set by attending advanced stylist courses. Renee specializes in perms and color treatments, but also expertly matches clients of varying hair textures with low-maintenance hairstyles that do not require a beauty school degree or scissorhands to maintain.