By KRISTY CHU / FOR THE REGISTER

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – For years, while she was growing up in Egypt, Nancy Sobhi used to cut and style the hair of her friends and family for fun. Sobhi got the chance to turn that hobby into a career when she met Scott Griffiths, the founder of 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons.

“Once I went and visited the salon, I just fell in love with the whole concept,” Sobhi said.

Article Tab: Nancy Sobhi shows off the beer and wine cooler inside of her 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons.
Nancy Sobhi shows off the beer and wine cooler inside of her 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons.

 

18|8 at Plaza Antonio

22361 Antonio Parkway, Suite E130

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

949-766-5741

That concept caters to the specific hair care and grooming needs of men – 18|8 salons provide hair care and skin treatments for men in an upscale salon environment. So Sobhi opened her own 18|8 franchise location in Rancho Santa Margarita in October 2012.

The name 18|8 refers to composition of stainless steel, known for being a tough, shiny and stain-resistant metal, Sobhi said. In 1913, a newly-discovered composition of 18 percent chromium and eight percent nickel improved the look and performance of steel. According to the salon’s website, eighteeneight.com, “18|8 is our metaphor for the transformation of our male clientele to look better, feel better, and perform better.”

Q. What is the idea behind 18|8?

A. 18|8 is a salon only for men. It’s more upscale, and we do different services in a nice relaxing environment. We start with the haircut, then we have skin treatments, “MANicures,” scalp treatments, and shaves.

We offer complimentary beverages – beer on tap, wine, coffee, soda, hot tea and hot cocoa. So it’s kind of an inviting, relaxing atmosphere for men to come have fun, have a drink and have a haircut.

Q. Walk us through a typical experience at the salon.

A. We have 12 different semi-private stations. We do everything at the same chair – it has a shampoo bowl, hot towel machine – the client doesn’t