Embrace your choosy side at new downtown beauty joint American Cutting Co. (1123 First Ave.; 206.395.2060; americancuttingco.com). Occupying the former Maison Luxe space, the salon tailors its à la carte–style menu to suit your time and budget. Pick from shampoo and cut ($22, without dry and style; $47, for additional blow-dry), go for the full spruce-up (cut, full color, shampoo and dry, $105) or grab a spot at the blow-dry bar for a 30-minute blow-out style ($25). Owned by Seattleite Steve Vernon, a former software and real estate entrepreneur, the small, industrial-chic salon welcomes men and women with pour-over brewed coffee, an in-house iPad loaded with games and extended hours for pre- and post-work services (open at 7 a.m. weekdays, open until 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday). K.C.