Advanced DermaCare Inc's founder, Diane D. Lowery, earned a CIDESCO certification in aesthetics while studying at the venerable Clinique La Prairie wellness retreat in Montreux, Switzerland. Although her European education evokes a low-tech, layered approach to skin treatments, Lowery?approaching 30 years as a skin therapist?specializes in the opposite. Her gentle skin treatments promote firm, even tone with pulses of LED light and electro-microcurrents, and exfoliate rough areas with tiny diamond chips or water jets enriched with antioxidants. She attended courses in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University to develop a holistic view of skin health, and studied ways to turn back the body's clock without triggering early daylight-saving time at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
The personality of each barber and hairstylist at imagine. A Barbershop and Hair Studio certainly shines through during each hair treatment. They showcase their artistic styles while striking a balance between modern and old-fashioned; though they stress creativity and cutting edge artistry, their service menu takes its cue from barbershops of old.
The space was founded to counter what the owners saw as 'cookie cutter' salons that lacked personality of their own. Gentlemen enjoy classic haircuts, beard design, and hot towel shaves. For women, they offer cutting and styling, along with color treatments, relaxers, weaving, and braiding. Other services, such as lash and brow tinting, are administered with the same zest and creativity as the rest. Massage therapy and children's hair services are also on the docket.
Owner Marilynn Reis and her team of Aveda-trained stylists harness Aquage products and tone-perfecting Pravana ChromaSilk hair color to transform hairstyles. Clients nestle into leather chairs for consultations before enjoying cleansing and massage. Coloring services douse hair in solid or partial hues and can help customers beam like the sun rising over a field of slumbering chameleons. Off the salon floor, aestheticians and nail technicians dutifully perform spa services using top-notch products from GlyMed Plus and Bronze Biologic.
Upholding the salon’s commitment to the latest in hair-cutting techniques, every stylist at Metropolis Salon undergoes extensive training and continuous education. Owner and accomplished stylist Emery Alain Nicoletti helms the salon’s in-house training program, teaching students the ins and out of salon work—from cut and color skills to the consequences of mistaking Barbasol for Gatorade. After up to two years in the program, pupils fly solo behind the styling chair to snip strands into chic cuts or enhance hair with highlights. Though hair styling is its foundation, Metropolis Salon also caters to skin and nail needs with a dozen facial treatments, waxing for face and body, and indulgent mani-pedis for both men and women.
Led by Dr. Mark Chorebanian, the team at Mena's Aesthetics performs nonsurgical treatments and skin rejuvenation with multiple types of lasers. Clinician Mena Latas has traveled the country certifying offices in laser treatments. She specializes in reducing hair on darker skin tones with Palomar IPL lasers and treating acne with laser technology and chemical peels. Technicians clear complexions with medical-grade products, such as SkinMedica and Obagi Medical. To combat wrinkles caused by squinting at eye-chart wallpaper, certified injector administers Botox and dermal fillers.
The students at Tucson College of Beauty are continuously preparing for state boards and professional careers, so it’s no wonder that they’re capable of helming styling treatments all on their own. Under the supervision of expert instructors, students take to the salon floor at the school hone their craft with real-life clients or really lifelike crash-test dummies. The salon's service menu includes a full slate of hair treatments—cuts, thermal straightening, highlights, perms, deep-conditioning treatments—as well as nailcare, skincare, and waxing.