Southern Style Barbershop tames unruly manes with services that trim both scalp- and face-bound fur. During 30-minute cuts and shaves for men, barbers craft coiffures to top gentlemen-attached heads, conveying mature masculinity more effectively than World's Greatest Dad onesies. A razor shave clears throats of scraggly, nascent beards and a 10-minute neck and scalp massage melts pent up muscle tension and relaxes stressed heads. Women's cuts include a relaxing shampoo and finish with a blow-dry to ready 'dos for polished reentry into unpredictable extra-barbershop conditions.
In 2004, husband and wife duo Monica and David Spencer had a vision for an upscale, yet casual salon and realized their dream in Monica's Nail Salon and Day Spa. Their clients can order services ala carte or opt for a package, to let staffers revitalize their entire bodies with a combination of stress-relieving facials, mani-pedis, and massages, which can soothe them in a way only treasured stuffed animals can. The salon also offers a variety of products from brands such as OPI, China Glaze, and CND.
Within the walls of Downtown Styles, certified aesthetician Michele Dupree—the complexion expert behind Skin Care by Michele—targets signs of aging with the aid of cutting-edge technology. She can slough away dead, dulling cells with a diamond-file exfoliation or gradually reduce fine lines with a muscle-stimulating microcurrent facial. Dupree also specializes in diminishing acne with blue-light therapy and uses therapeutic red light to communicate with abandoned strings of holiday bulbs.
The specialists at Thrive Salon & Spa festoon client’s nails with tiny cupcakes, 3-D pink bows, and spinning dice set into cutouts on long acrylics. The intricate nail art also befits holidays, with Halloween-themed ghosts, candy corn, and 3-D eyeballs painted onto keratin sheets. While their nail skills add a touch of spunk to clients, the rest of the services aim to relax them. Massages with aromatherapy and rebalancing facials allow patrons to kick back for 60 minutes with no requirement to talk or act out any scenes from Quantum Leap.
The iron curlicues and elegant lettering on the sign in front of Le Salon aren’t just decorative—without them, it’d be difficult to notice the salon there at all. Flowers bloom, palm trees lean, and flags flap around the neat brick-and-stucco bungalow, which blends right into a block of vintage wood houses. It’s equally homey inside, where a family of four stylists snips and lathers as women, men, and children sit before old-fashioned vanity tables, sink into a paisley sofa, or stretch out on the gleaming wood floor. The stylists are happy to share the secrets to getting the most out of their wide lineup of Redken products, and they will gladly special order anything they don’t have so clients can take home the latest in smoothing treatments or bottled hair.