The barbers at Swade Barbershop pride themselves on friendly, old-fashioned service, but that doesn’t mean their skills are antiquated. The staff is as proficient in contemporary, modern hairstyles as they are with their classic straight-razor shaves, which begin with a generous layer of lather and end with an electric shoulder massage from the salon’s resident robot. Gents' lowered ears soak up the sounds of country music that waft through the earth-toned barbershop, harmonizing with the hum of buzzing shears as barbers put the finishing touch on each flat top and fade. After each manly mane has been tamed, guests bask in the down-home environment a little longer by perusing Swade Barbershop’s mercantile and apothecary, where they’ll find all manner of home-shave necessities including razors, shaving brushes, and mugs.
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.
Lasting only a fraction of a second, a pulse of light flashes over skin. As the energy builds within specific targets—hair follicles, sun spots, spider veins—it triggers a transformation that helps patients attain clearer, smoother, and more youthful-looking skin. Trained at such professional cosmetic academies as the National Laser Institute, the technicians at Laser Bella deftly perform such image-enhancing procedures with carefully calibrated laser systems. Besides laser hair removal and fractional laser therapy—designed to diminish stretch marks—light-slingers also aim to reduce the appearance of pigmented and vascular lesions during photofacial sessions.
Armed with current techniques for properly maintaining noggin lawns, Regis Salon’s network of stores keeps clients’ hair in order as dictated by the latest trends. Within this caravan of hair bazaars, customers’ wild manes are tamed by skillful stylists. Use your Groupon toward a shampoo, cut, and blow-dry ($24–$31) and lean back and dream of break-dancing Stay Puft Marshmallow Men as a stylist carefully cleanses hair with shampoo and conditioner and then clips it into stylish head-hedges that beautifully complement scalp-garden pathways. Afterward, the hair that’s left behind will receive a loving blow-dry for a style that gleams and glitters like a ruby-encrusted bowling ball. During the treatment, stylists offer helpful tips and tricks to help clients care for hair at home. If a shampoo and cut isn't your cup of sports drink, put your Groupon toward the cost of another service, such as hair coloring ($50–$65), highlights ($70–$85), or a perm ($70–$80). Prices vary by location.
The licensed aestheticians at Just StringZ Tucson spin innovation with centuries-old practices to keep skin looking healthy and polished. Threading treatments lasso stray strands using interlaced cotton strings, while speed-waxing services grip groups of hairs and ferry them away fast, yielding results that can last up to eight weeks. Trained in the art of Dermalogica face mapping, aestheticians decipher the proper products and regimen that will best suit their clients' skincare needs, before a jaunt to the skin bar allows faces to test each recommended product before buying or emailing their wish list to Santa. For those looking to accessorize their natural beauty, the salon also offers Swarovski body art, henna tattoos, and ear piercing, as well as cosmetics by glominerals.
For more than 20 years, Pauline Bertrand and her staff have built Nails-Go-Round into a brain trust for innovations in natural and artificial nail enhancements. Nail artisans paint meticulous handcrafted designs, along with a diverse salon menu of acrylic nails, LED lights and topcoats, and more than 200 hues of gel-polish and traditional polish. Clients can also supplement mani-pedis with luxury services such as exfoliating scrubs and relaxing hand massages that leave skin as smooth as a seal who’s just talked his way into a herring tank.