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What’s the Difference Between a Beauty Bar and a Salon? Find out Here!

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Did you know there are over 257,000 beauty salons in the US? What’s interesting about that number is it actually reflects a decline in traditional barbershops and hair salons. The newest trend sweeping the nation is an all-inclusive beauty bar.

What exactly is a beauty bar? How does it differ from an old-school hair salon? What can you expect if you visit one in your city?

In this post, we’ll answer all those questions and more. Read on to learn about this exciting trend in the world of beauty.

Why Do We Need Them?

In the past, you went to a hair salon for hair services. You went to a spa for spa services. You went to a nail boutique for nail services.

Let’s say you had a holiday party or an anniversary dinner coming up. In the past, you likely would have made an appointment to get your nails done a day or two before. The same goes for waxing, eyebrow threading, or any other specialty services.

On the day of the event, you’d schedule an appointment at your favorite hair salon. You’d go in for a cut, color treatment, blowout, or updo.

While there’s nothing wrong with these specialty locations, no can deny that times are changing. We’re busier now than ever before. The modern woman doesn’t always have the time to visit multiple “beauty” locations on the same day. Thus, the idea for the all-inclusive beauty bar was born.

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What Is a Beauty Bar?

Rather than offering only one beauty service (hair, nails, waxing, etc), it’s a one-stop-shop for all things beauty.

Using the example above, let’s imagine you’re getting ready for a special dinner event. Rather than driving all over town to get individual beauty treatments, you can schedule one appointment at your local.

Whatever your beauty needs for the day, you can receive them all under one roof. From a blowout or updo to makeup, body waxing, and manicures/pedicures, you need only walk from treatment room to treatment room.

In some locations, they may feature select spa services like massages, facial treatments, or body scrubs. They might also offer high-end beauty services like eyelash extensions or spray tanning.

Contrast this with a standard hair salon or nail boutique and you’ll start to realize a major difference between the concepts.

What’s that? The experience.

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What Can You Expect?

The experience is what really sets them apart from a traditional hair or nail salon. You don’t just go there to beautify yourself–you go for the enjoyment, too.

Most of them feature modern, trendy decor and upbeat music. And they’re not called “bars” for no reason. Many offer their guests over 21 the option of enjoying a glass of wine or a cocktail with their beauty treatments.

Imagine receiving a pedicure while you sip a refreshing mojito and enjoy some complimentary snacks! Now it’s more than just a pedicure–it’s the ultimate pampering experience.

Another great thing about these bars? They’re the ideal setting for a group event. If you’re planning a bachelorette party, bridal shower, or just a fun night out with the girls, why not get the party started at a beauty bar? If your group is large enough, you may even be able to reserve the entire venue for private use.

Whether you visit on your own or with a group of friends, the unique experience is what you’ll remember most.

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A Few Trendy Options

Still having a hard time visualizing what goes on inside? We’ve rounded up a few fun ones from around the country to give you a clearer picture.

1. the Beauty Bar Seattle

Located near University Village in downtown Seattle, they offer an array of beauty services in an upscale setting.

Guests experience the ultimate in luxury and pampering while sipping champagne or wine. Their extensive menu features hair, nails, waxing, eyelashes, and facial services.

It’s not just for ladies either, they offer an array of options for men and children!

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2. Martinis & Manicures

One of the first to open in New York City in 1995. Their concept has now expanded to include locations in San Francisco, Denver, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Chicago.

One thing on their menu that keeps everyone coming back is their fantastic Martinis & Manicures special. During select business hours, anyone can walk in and receive a martini and a manicure for $10.

That’s right–only $10. Is there a location near you? If so, grab some girlfriends and check it out!

3. Cocktailz

Want an example of one that’s kicked it up a notch further? Check out Cocktailz in St. Louis, Missouri.

In addition to the usual services offered, Cocktailz also provides unique shopping opportunities for its clients. An on-site clothing boutique features everything from dance apparel to evening wear.

Delicious cocktails, a fresh makeover, and a shopping boutique. What more could a girl ask for?

Is a Beauty Bar Right for You?

For women on the go, it’s hard to beat the convenience of a one-stop-shop. Whether you’re planning a bridal shower, girl’s night out, or just a little “me” time for yourself, a local beauty bar is the perfect setting.

Are you the proud owner of a salon or beauty bar? Or are you thinking of getting into the business?

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