Whether you are a man or woman, more than likely you will visit a hair salon at some point in your life to get a new hair cut or new style. The salon actually has a storied past and has a different meaning today than it did just 100 years ago.
The history of the salon goes back to the writings of Horace. He defined it as a place where people gathered under one roof so to amuse each other with knowledge and discussion. Many times they were used for the recitation and explanation of poetry. They were well known in the 1600s and 1700s in French writings and were known to exist until quite recently in large urban centers. Many times the one in a person’s home was considered to be a place for the men to retreat to discuss things like religion and politics and other relevant issues of the day. The modern usage of the word, however, is quite different.
Today the hair studio is a place where people gather to get hair, nail and body treatments, and make conversation with their hosts, in this case, hair, nail, and body stylists. Some of these are considered day spas that may offer every beauty treatment available in a relaxing environment, while others specialize in one treatment, such as hair or nails alone.
Most often the day spa is considered to be a place where one can relax and alleviate some of the stresses of everyday life. Most of the time they are a peaceful atmosphere with waterfalls, fountains, soft music, dim lighting, and candles, as these are the things that are found to lead to a more relaxing environment. Treatments at a day spa often include Swedish massages, hot oil massages, deep tissue massages, and many other types of massages to soothe your aching muscles. Some offer hot tubs, warm pools, pregnancy massages, and couples massages so that the mom-to-be or the couple can enjoy a relaxing time together. Many full-service day spas also offer slimming wraps, facials, and foot care, while some are all-inclusive and offer nail, hair, and waxing treatments as well.
Unlike a day spa, a salon often only offers one or two services such as hair and nails or just hair or just nails. Most often your stylist has gone to a cosmetology school and has been trained in all the latest styles and can help you decide the look that is best for your hair and facial structure. They concentrate on hair cuts for all, permanents of all styles, hair coloring, and specialty hairstyles for a single event such as a wedding or graduation. Some specialty shops offer African hair braiding and hair extensions to offer you that special look.
So whether you are looking for an all-inclusive place that will offer special deals on packages that may include a massage and a hair cut or a place that offers just a simple hair cut, there is a salon that will whatever need that you may have.