By Denise Ortuno Neil

You could never mistake the hip salon D.O.S. on stylish El Paseo in Palm Desert, for an old school barber shop. You won’t find little old men wondering about passing out crew cuts like candy. Instead, you will be confronted with a modern salon, a place where the traditional skill of barbering has merged with the art of hairstyling and other beauty services.

The Dennis Ogas Salon on El Paseo has been assisting both men and women achieve their hair fashion goals for almost a decade. Ogas moved to the Coachella Valley 20 years ago and has been a skilled hairstylist and barber for over 30 years.

After cultivating his craft at high end salons, he decided to open his own eight years ago. His focus was to offer something unique from what most salons in the area were offering, a dedicated spot where both men and women could experience balanced salon/barbering services in an upscale, yet relaxed atmosphere.

The difference between a barber and a hairstylist can seem confusing, but it’s not. A barber cuts hair and also can provide facial shaving and beard trimming. A hair stylist/cosmetologist is proficient at hairstyling, coloring and other beauty specialties. Ogas is skilled at both.

But although Ogas’ salon offers services for men and women, he has come to realize especially in recent years that men are becoming more inclined to want more than just a haircut. “We offer different services for men, including color, hairstyling, as well as traditional shaving, waxing, facials and manicures/pedicures,” said Ogas.

To help his male clientele experience all that D.O.S has to offer and entice new clientele, Ogas has come up with a bi-monthly event that will keep guys looking good for the whole season.

Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, the Dennis Ogas Salon will be presenting, DOS GOES M.A.D. (Men After Dark), offering 50% off all of men’s services. The event kicks off Friday, November 6th 2015 until May 2016. The occasion runs from 4pm to 8pm and will offer refreshments, an outside cigar lounge and hot lather shave demonstrations.

The event coincides with El Paseo’s Art Walk ( ) which takes place every 1st Friday of the month from November through May and Cruise Night El Paseo ( ), which takes place every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month following the same time frame.

So if you’re of the male persuasion and looking to step up your style while enjoying some fun on El Paseo, checking out the Dennis Ogas Salon “Men After Dark” event should definitely be on your radar. It will be worlds apart from any barbering encounter you’ve ever had.

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