Signature Service: Cut, color, extensions, Brazilian Blowout
Brands Used: Schwarzkopf, Kenra, Brazilian Blowout
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Hawaiian Experience Spa welcomes visitors to relax and enjoy all the perks of a tropical vacation without the pricey plane ticket. Owners Steve and Cathy Ibach both studied Hawaiian lomi lomi massage in Maui and decided to bring the unique style to their massage studios in Scottsdale and Chandler. There, it plays a starring role on a menu of island-inspired treatments that include massages performed with hot sea shells or volcanic lava rocks and body scrubs and wraps that use Kaua'i clay and organic lavender grown in Maui. A centuries-old technique, the lomi lomi massage sees therapists incorporating their forearms as they run long strokes down the entire length of the body, massaging both the front and underside at once. To make the service extra-indulgent, Hawaiian Experience Spa's therapists can enhance the lomi lomi massage with coconut oil and sea salt or incorporate a special oil that helps fight cellulite and makes tight pants a cinch to slip into.
Each facility beams with a Hawaiian theme, from sand-colored furnishings and bamboo accents to a front desk modeled after a tiki bar. The friendly, relaxing atmosphere makes the spa a great place for parties. During parties, guests can enjoy snacks and music while enjoying their choice of treatments, including any type of massage or facials performed with Éminence organic skincare products.
Amid sleek hardwood floors and ornately bordered mirrors, Alice Meda and her fellow clipsters at Clipology Salon outfit domes with precision haircuts designed to flatter face shapes and hide third ears in a buoyant cascade of neatly trimmed layers. Alice also specializes in express keratin treatments, which pack the lock-smoothing, frizz-busting benefits of a full treatment into a shorter salon visit. Brimming with the proteins and medium-rare barrettes central to the follicular diet, the keratin formula tames curly or unmanageable hair, leaving strands smooth and straight. Keratin treatments shorten blow-dry and style times, allowing clients free to spend their mornings milking the coffee cow before work.
The beauty techs at Hype Express Salon & Spa rely on an arsenal of hair- and skincare products by Intelligent Nutrients. These certified-organic concoctions eschew modern agricultural techniques and toxic pesticides. Their founder created them on the principle that anything applied to the skin should be edible, just like clothes.
Techs also work on wrinkles with LightStim wands that send amber, red, and infrared LED light through the surface of the skin. Free of harmful UV rays, this process stimulates collagen and elastin production. Nourished and refreshed skin becomes a canvas for makeup artists armed with MicaBeauty Cosmetics. These all-natural mineral powders collude with the skin's oils to cover blemishes without filling pores with preservatives, chemical dyes, or talc.
The MVP haircut is reserved for guys who want the brawn of a chiseled cut with the extreme adrenaline rush of a pleasant pampering. Following careful instructions or expert intuition, stylists can clean up the edges without sacrificing any degree of edginess. A thorough shampoo and scalp massage ensures an itch-free walk off, while a neck and shoulder massage with steamed towel leaves cleaned-up batters with the zonal focus to connect on any upcoming office pitch.