Visitors who pass by the prominent stone fountain in The Skin Suite's lobby can be forgiven for momentarily wondering if they've found the fountain of youth. That's because owner Kimbra, an aesthetician and laser technician with more than a decade of aesthetic experience, has assembled a skincare lineup heavy on advanced anti-aging treatments. During microdermabrasion sessions, she uses a DiamondTome skin-resurfacing system to exfoliate skin and reveal the healthy complexion beneath the surface. She also incorporates DermaQuest Skin Therapy and Tizo3 Protection products into four types of salicylic- and glycolic-acid chemical peels and five types of facials, one of which uses seasonal ingredients and natural fruit enzymes to leave skin smoother than a velveteen rabbit in a smoking jacket. For an extra edge in the fight against Father Time, Kimbra turns to resurfacing tools such as dermaplaning blades and microrollers.
When a serious neck injury grounded pilot Dale McNab, he turned to massage school for insight into drug-free healing. This holistic education piqued his interest in the field of skincare, prompting him to continue his training in aesthetics. As a male practitioner, he finds that clients appreciate his hand strength when it comes to therapeutic kneading, efficient waxing, and jar opening.
As a child, Dannielli Marcelino never wanted to be a princess?she aimed straight for the title of queen. Her visits to Brazil's many salons and spas drew her attention to the meticulous waxers, whose dexterity and knack for imparting confidence resonated with her and inspired her to become an expert in their delicate art. After 15 years as a licensed aesthetician and laser technician, Dannielli has cemented that reputation at her business, Rio Wax Salon, where she is known as the Queen of Waxing.
Although deftness is an essential part of her success, Dannielli knows that the breeziest Brazilian and bikini waxes require more than seasoned hands. She has developed an exclusive formula?part hard wax, part royal pink wax, and part honey wax?to make hair removal virtually painless.
Each licensed aesthetician at the salon can deliver a quick and comfortable waxing experience, since each is trained by Dannielli herself. All waxing services adhere to the spa's strict no-double-dipping policy, meaning that no spatula ever re-enters a pot of wax, ensuring a safe and hygienic service for each new client.
Attitude plays another role, and Dannielli was praised for her calming warmth by AzCentral.com's Best, in which Rio Wax Salon won Best Place for a Bikini Wax in 2011. Her royal standing has also led to multiple appearances in media outlets such as Good Morning Arizona and Perfectify magazine.
Rio Wax Salon's licensed aestheticians are not exclusively waxers, however. They perform a range of beauty and wellness treatments in their verdant garden getaway, including laser hair removal, custom facials, and massages. To further boost their skin's beach-ready look or prepare for an office swimsuit competition, clients can step into a VersaSpa sunless tanning booth or browse a selection of sultry bikinis Dannielli has brought from Brazil.
Most 12-year-olds have no idea what they want to do with their lives, but that?s when Maria DeNicola first found the inspiration to study electrolysis. As of today, she?s been doing electrolysis for more than 29 years and has even devised an all-new technique to attack full follicles with alternating current. DeNicola also eliminates unwanted body hair through laser hair removal or break-dance competitions on sandpaper.
With the help of her med spa team, which includes a registered nurse, DeNicola pampers faces with microdermabrasion and high-end products from La Maison Clayton Shagal and PCA Skin, as well as fights wrinkles with Botox injections. DeNicola happily serves members of the transgender community with her services and formerly acted as president of transgender support group A Rose.
Step in to Salon D’Shayn for all manner of beautifying procedures, from Brazilian waxes to eyelash tinting and more. This funky Phoenix space provides facials, anti-aging treatments and – just for the men – old fashioned warm lather straight razor shaves, complete with scalp massage to round out the pampering. In a friendly touch, drinks and snacks are offered to guests waiting to be seated, and it’s not uncommon to see someone enjoying an ice cold beer with his or her manicure. Keeping the art theme alive and well, the relaxed ambience at Salon D’Shayn features hip music, installations by local artists and a run of teal banquettes, Asian embroidered pillows and a gold ceiling shimmering with pendant lights.
As an Aveda salon, Salon Embellish amasses nourishing, plant-based Aveda products to fuel each of its beauty services. Natural and aromatic essential oils help therapists? fingers glide over sore muscles during massage sessions, which can incorporate gentle or intense pressure, depending on the client?s needs. Gentle Aveda dyes maintain hair health during color treatments, and stylists can also repair previous damage by snipping off split ends or applying a restorative hair mask. Skin soaks up nutrients during a range of facial and body treatments, including a back facial that can make it look like you don?t even have a face on your back.