Beauty LabOctober 1, 2009 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
A range of products that caught our eye this month
New York City and Chicago
A leader in the men's grooming industry, John Allan opened his first eponymous men's club in New York City in 1988, believing that educating men to look their best would elevate their game in every aspect of their lives. He now has four salons in Manhattan—and recently opened a club in Chicago—which cater to both members and walk-in clients. He has also started a training clinic where stylists and salon owners from around the country can learn his approach to men's grooming.
Each John Allan's location offers his signature Full Service package, which includes a scalp massaging shampoo, conditioning treatment, hot towel, haircut, manicure and shoe shine, plus color services, beard trims, facials, massage and pedicures. Members can pay an annual fee for unlimited Full Service visits (plus some other benefits), and many companies offer corporate memberships to their employees. The clubs have a host of guy-friendly amenities like pool tables, flat-screen televisions and bars.
AL'S BARBER SHOP
Denver and Boulder, CO
Al Urbanowski, owner of Al's Barber Shop, with locations in Denver and Boulder, CO, says that men want an environment that speaks to them directly and allows them to feel comfortable. That's exactly what he's created in his modern barbershops that focus completely on men's haircutting. The relaxed yet upscale interiors feature hard wood floors, brick walls, black countertops, stainless steel accents, open ceilings with wooden beams and masculine imagery. Each styling station features both a traditional barber chair and a sink, so that the client can be washed and cut in the same place without having to move around the shop, allowing him to focus on relaxing and enjoying the experience.
Main services include haircuts, face shaves and beard trims, while $5 hairline clean-ups give clients an inexpensive reason to come into the salon on a consistent basis. Urbanowski, an American Crew educator, uses the company's haircare, styling and shave products in the salons and sells them exclusively in his retail area. —LORI MORRIS
New Guys In Town
Check out these new products and product lines created specifically for men and their particular hair needs.
John Allan's Tough Fortifying Styling Paste is specifically formulated to add flexible, flake-free muscle and control to even the most fine or difficult textures. (johnallans.com)
Keune Care Line Man Combat Shampoo, which defies dandruff with salai and zinc pyritione, is part of the brand's new men's collection. (keune.com)
Conditioning Shampoo from new men's line Towel Dry makes thick hair soft and manageable, while also providing dandruff control. (toweldrymen.com )
Redken For Men High Rise hard wax gives maximum hold to create long-lasting, gravity-defying styles with a natural, humidity-resistant finish. (redken.com)