For both convenience and privacy, homeowners are installing personal salons, complete with hair-washing basins, stylist chairs, manicure stations and even massage tables.
About once a month, Susan Spafford hosts a spa party or fundraiser at her personal salon—in the basement of her Salt Lake City home. A stylist mans the grooming station, where about seven of Mrs. Spafford’s friends get trims, touch-ups and blowouts. At a separate mani-pedi station, a technician applies nail polishes in shades of red and Opi’s Alpine Snow—Mrs. Spafford’s favorite.
“It’s just fun to be able to get down and dirty with your friends and do something fun in a spa at home,” says Mrs. Spafford, 53, a stay-at-home mom.
The idea for a personal salon came to her when she and her husband, David, were building their home in 2002. Their son, now 21, has autism and used to act out when she took him to get his hair cut outside the house. They modeled the space after the spa at the Grand Wailea Hotel in Maui, and now they get their hair cut there, too.
“It’s fabulous,” says Mr. Spafford, a 54-year-old tech entrepreneur.
Homeowners have discovered a permanent solution to a bad hair day. In-home salons, complete with hair-washing basins, stylist chairs, manicure stations and even massage tables, offer convenience and privacy. Home builders and real-estate agents say the private salons are on the rise as spaces like in-home movie theaters, yoga studios and even bowling alleys proliferate in individual homes. At the same time, home builders and architects who work on spec houses are constantly trying to find unique amenities to attract buyers.