A roundup of some of our top spots West of 105 to head for a new 'do
Opened by Erin Liles in 2012, Salon Polished strives to give customers a ‘big city vibe’ with a hometown feeling. Salon Polished offers a full range of hair services, including cuts, colors, advanced color techniques like balayage, extensions and perm/texturing services. They also offer eyelash extensions, acrylic nails and pedicures. There is a permanent make-up artist that offers microblading, lash line enhancement and skin micropigmentation. Liles also ensures her team is on the top of trends. They just got back from an event in New Orleans where the Salon Polished team learned about some looks and techniques for the upcoming year.
REYLYNN’S BARBER LOUNGE & HAIR STUDIO
Opened in 2015 by Kelly and Ben Martinez, ReyLynn’s offers a professional, upscale and unique his and hers environment. With a range of services for both men and women along with complimentary snacks, beverages and hand massages, ReyLynn’s barber services extend to both modern and old school haircuts, hot towel straight razor shaves and facial waxing, while the salon offers a full range of cuts, colors and facial waxing services. An established stylist long before opening ReyLynn’s, Kelly graduated from the Aveda Institute of Atlanta in 2009. Ben attended barber school after trying a few other career paths. ReyLynn’s started with just Kelly and Ben, but now has a staff of eight.
INDUSTRY HAIR SALON
After working at a salon in town for a decade, Heather Perry wanted to branch out on her own so she opened Industry Hair Studio. That was two years ago, and by all accounts things are going pretty well. Initially, it was just Perry, but now there is a second stylist, a makeup artist and an apprentice. Industry Hair Studio offers all manner of services, including cuts, colors and extensions, but they specialize in bridal hair. Committed to providing clients with an elevated experience, Industry Hair Studio also boasts some of the best views you’re likely to see from a salon chair: Mt. Whetstone and the Slate River.
LANCE MICHAEL SALON
Located in a beautiful red brick building in a pathway just off Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs, Lance Michael Salon is owned and operated by Lance Diehl. Just over three years old, expansion, at least in terms of staff numbers, came quickly for Diehl when he hired three additional stylists within a few months of opening. At the salon, which contains a menagerie of curios and looks very much like an antique shop, Diehl offers a full menu of salon and barber services including cuts and colors for women as well as beard trims, shaping and grooming for men. Aveda certified, Diehl specializes in coloring services.
Originally from Chicago, Julie Metallo has been in the hair and beauty industry for the past 15 years in Colorado. Metallo has traveled the world and has worked at Milan Fashion Week among other places. At JUL Salon, Metallo and the team offer a wide range of services including cuts for men and women, extensions, color and color corrections and wedding hair services. Away from hair, they also offer makeup design and eyelash extensions among other things.
THE BOOKCASE AND BARBER
The “front” for the what is behind the bookcase, the Barber in front of the Bookcase is the epitome of a front for a speakeasy in that it is not only a fully functioning barbershop, but it is a successful one, too. In the last three-and-a-half years the Barber has grown from one barber to three - Pedro Vigil has since been joined by Patrick Sundahl and Brendan Vlass with all three having slightly differing skill sets. At any given time appointments are around two weeks out. Each guest receives a complimentary beer, but with one of Colorado’s finest cocktail bars behind the bookcase, many order a cocktail too. Kids are welcome in the Barber (and parents are welcome to wait behind the Bookcase).
The Steamboat Barbershop specializes in authentic straight razor hot soap shaves and gentlemen’s haircuts. Owned and operated by John Greco, Steamboat Barber Shop is the newest barber shop in town. Opened last summer, it embraces the old-world style of male barbering with a pair of vintage Koken barber chairs from the early 20th century. The small shop specializes in traditional men’s haircuts, tapers and fades, but their signature service is the authentic straight razor wet shaves. Being a small operation, and with Greco wanting to offer a relaxed and professional service, Steamboat Barbershop is by appointment only, but you are welcome to call or stop by to see if any times are available that day.
THE GENTLEMAN’S BARBERSHOP
Another old-school barbershop offering a range of services from throwback styles such as the pompadour to pretty much anything you want. Much like the other barbershops on our list, the Gentlemen’s Barbershop combines the best of traditional barbershops with modern additions. They offer the classic straight razor shave, as well as beard trims and free neck trims. They are also happy to cater to kids. They also offer a shave class every few weeks where you will learn proper shaving techniques, caring for your razor and other shaving tips that will help eliminate razor burn and irritation. Also, much like several other barbershops, this one is also appointment only.
THE MEN’S ROOM
Opened in late 2018 by brothers Brent and Shane McNicol along with Brent’s son Cody, The Men’s Room is a traditional barbershop offering classic men’s hair cuts along with shaves and beard services. A few of the services on offer include hot lather and straight razor shaves and beard trims with shears or clippers. There are also a few old-school treatments where you’ll get the works: a hot lather, steam towel, straight razor shave, cold towel, facial massage and aftershave. The Men’s Room takes appointments and walk-ins.
FOUR SEASONS BARBERSHOP
As Vail’s only dedicated barbershop, barber Guy Bruha gets everyone through his doors - male and female, young and old. While the menu is geared mostly towards men, the Spa Bar offering will appeal to anyone who has just spent their day enjoying the outdoors. Guy and the team will freshen you up before dinner while you enjoy a liquid refreshment. Other menu options include the Executive Shave, which includes a deep cleanse, an exfoliation, a hot shave and an eye and face treatment.
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