It isn?t just the bride-to-be at the appointment inside Island Hair Studio. She's brought along an entire squad of bridesmaids, who giddily snap pictures as the stylist twirls their friend's hair into cascading curls, pins up a few sections, and tops it all off with a bedazzled headband. The party leaves in a cloud of giggles and cartoon hearts, and the stylist welcomes her next client in need of a cut and color touch-up. Feet away, another customer holds her hands steady as a nail technician paints all ten digits in a bright pink polish.
Founded in 1974 in Memphis, Tennessee, by the eponymous Sam Ross, Fantastic Sams is a family-friendly salon geared toward quality. Today, the brand spans more than 1,200 locations, employing a legion of experienced stylists as they wage wars on bedhead and uneven bangs. Wielding shampoos and conditioners crafted with provitamins and soy proteins, the staff offers services such as haircuts, color treatments, and straightening treatments.
Montrose Studio and Spa offers a wide range of holistic healing practices, from sunrise yoga classes to guided meditation, reiki, chakra cleansing, and more. Medical massage therapy sessions can alleviate stress and improve energy. Spa services such as manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials, Botox, fillers, and reflexology are also available.
As Andrew’s Hair Salon’s stylists cut, color, and shape tresses, they pay careful attention to achieving customers’ desired looks—just as they did when the salon opened its doors in 1964. Since then, the hairstyling industry has changed, but an emphasis on continuing education ensures that these stylists stay at the cutting edge of hair trends and techniques. Andrew’s Hair Salon also offers expert facial waxing services, keeping eyebrows shaped and upper lips and chins smooth to help clients impersonate wax mannequins at Madame Tussauds.
With a pool table, a dartboard, and walls lined with jersey-filled shadowboxes, Buffalo Trim feels more like a man-cave than a salon; and that's the way it's supposed to feel. The stylists specialize in treating men's hair, creating neat, trim, and professional hairdos while clients enjoy the HD televisions featured at each station. In addition to haircuts, the staff also offers a variety of traditional barbershop services intended to indulge guests while still giving them a fresh and clean look. Blending treatments help conceal graying hairs; grooming sessions keep beards, goatees, and right-angle mustaches looking sharp; and hot-lather shaves with a straight razor leave necks smooth and stubble-free.
Hair Forum Salon's certified hair doctors give life to deadened locks in a cheerful environment filled with bright flowers and gleaming hardwood floors. Along with shaping strands, wrangling cowlicks, and cow-tipping side burns, haircuts include a styling and blowout. Meanwhile, fading or graying head frames can be reshot in Technicolor with a choice of color-retouching or base-color services.