Joe Grondin built a time machine out of shaving cream, steamed towels, and aftershave. A master barber for more than 30 years, he longed for the halcyon days of the classic barbershop: a time when grooming was unhurried and conversation was meaningful. So in 1999, he opened the first Rooster’s Men’s Grooming Center in Lapeer, Michigan. Today, Rooster's’ barbershops can be found from coast to coast, but Joe's original vision remains intact: precision cuts and 7-step shaves with generous helpings of neck powder and personal attention.
Joe's barbers keep that old-school spirit alive with the Roosters Club Cut, which includes steamed towels and shampoo head massages. During their signature 7-step shaves, they prep men’s faces with moisturizers and massages before shaving every last whisker down to the skin. Rooster’s also offers camouflage coloring to keep grey hairs from standing out in an otherwise full and leafy beard, and the shop honors military, police, and fire personnel with discounted haircuts.
Kelsey is a hairstylist working out of the full-service Grayson Salon. Amongst other stylists, manicurists, and massage therapists, Kelsey sculpts fresh hairdos that embellish each client's most flattering features, from high cheekbones to neon-colored beauty marks. On top of cuts and conditioning services, Kelsey also fills in coifs with highlights and color that add dimension and vibrancy.
A trio of beauty veterans oversees services at Accolades Salon Spa, making clients feel at ease as a team of experienced stylists, aestheticians, and nail techs performs pampering services inside the Highland Park beauty haven. Stylists improve coifs with precision cuts and straightening treatments using Aveda and Clean Enhanced Organics products. Clients reclining in the spa's private treatment rooms enjoy brow tints, eyelash extensions, and custom massages expertly executed by aestheticians who pack their beauty belts full of seven Arigato skincare products, which are chemical-free and only contain a maximum of four ingredients.
Back on the salon floor, nail techs embellish hands and feet with organic mani-pedis that sheathe fingertips and toes with colorful layers of OPI polishes and CND base- and top coats. Feet wading in the warm waters of a pedi throne basin can take their time as the chair's massage and heat settings melt back muscles into pools of butter. Accolade also provides man-centric services such as hot-towel shaves, as well as advanced cosmetic injections performed by an onsite doctor.
Norwest Stylists has deep roots in downtown St. Paul. It was founded as a barber shop more than two decades ago, and expanded over the years to incorporate cosmetologists and nail technicians. Several of the current stylists have worked there from the start.
Great Clips harnesses the vast resources of a national salon chain to provide personalized, professional styling services to follicle frolickers at five participating Chicago-area locations. Wild wigs are brought to bear by highly trained hair tamers who also serve as style guides through the often-intimidating tonsorial jungle, answering clients' questions about hair trends and maintenance. A socially responsible company, Great Clips also hosts haircut-a-thons, bake sales, and baked haircut sale-a-thons to benefit charities, including the Children's Miracle Network of hospitals and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.
The aestheticians at Salon Zeo bathe porous facial skin in reinvigorating, plant-based potions designed to restore suppleness. A skin-savvy staffer begins the one-hour rejuvenation session by massaging of the facial muscles and applying Aveda Green Science skin care products. The natural ingredients smooth out age-defining wrinkles by firming the skin and forging counterfeit birth certificates. A perfecting plant peel then lifts away skin ravaged by the unrelenting effects of the sun and the space-time continuum. This treatment is designed to provide instantaneous exfoliation without the irritation associated with a traditional glycolic peel or all-purpose pharmaceutical leeches.