When Angela Cash first decided to go to nail school, she did it, "just for fun". Twelve years later, she's still having a blast as the owner and head nail artist at Simplicity Salon, where she oversees a beauty team ranging from a recent Paul Mitchell Academy graduate to a seasoned hair styling veteran of 35 years. To keep clients looking chic from head to toe, Angela's staff pulls from an arsenal of brand name products including Goldwell hair color, Moroccanoil, OPI Axxium nail polish, and Tammy Taylor Nails. When it comes to skin care, the Dermalogica line helps the salon's aestheticians customize each anti-aging facial or microZone treatment, while mineral makeup by Weightless lends a finishing touch to faces without smothering them with oils, talc, dyes, or creamed corn. Other services include custom spray tans by SunFX and full face or body waxing by the salon's resident waxing specialist.
Aesthetician Summerr Reyna doesn’t focus on pampering her clients. Rather, the owner of GlamSkin takes a results-oriented approach to reversing sun damage, fine lines, and dehydrated skin. But her treatments aren’t meant to be uncomfortable either. Summerr uses a gentle touch when massaging Skin Script products into the epidermis during custom facials and removing body hair with Tamara’s Professional Body Sugaring wax. Even her most advanced treatment, micro-phototherapy, works to minimize discomfort while a combination of heat and light enters the skin, aiming to stimulate collagen production.
Summerr also uses her purple-and-black treatment room to host her applications of Advanced Mineral Makeup. Infused with anti-inflammatory ingredients, these cosmetics are able to soothe the skin while simultaneously providing full coverage that masks redness.
Brandi Nuttall, the owner of Dolce Salon & Spa, must believe that you can never have too much of a good thing. Expanding upon her first and second Dolce locations, which measure in at 12,000 and 13,000 square feet, respectively, she opened the third hub in 2007, and now there is a fourth. The 30,000-square-foot behemoth built in 2007 houses 62 styling stations, 21 spa rooms, 14 pedicure thrones, a makeup counter, a brow bar, and manicure stations. All four locations boast the same services—though at different scales—as well as men’s hair and spa treatments and bridal styling. Unlike hotels that charge extra for doorknobs and oxygen, the salons have a generous streak. They provide hairstyling services to those who donate to Locks of Love, spa services to local foster children, and hair clippings to areas affected by oil spills.
Both of The Healing Arts Day Spa’s two locations enhance the transporting effects of their services with decor that evokes a Tuscan-style villa. Vines crawl across shelves and along the backs of chairs, walls are painted to resemble lightly weathered stucco, and stone tiles create the feel of an airy courtyard. In softly lit rooms, the hands of licensed massage therapists and aestheticians deliver relaxation through massage, body wraps, and skin and hair treatments. Customers can even learn to pamper themselves: owner Terrell Lynn teaches a course in couples’ massage that helps forge closer bonds between spouses or strangers on a long bus ride.
The staff at The Body Shop Massage & Day Spa promotes both inward wellness and outward beauty. Aestheticians use mostly natural ingredients to leave skin on the face or body smoother and more youthful than a freshly shaven stegosaurus. Licensed massage therapists employ five types of modalities to relieve tension and stress. Clients find inner balance during acupuncture treatments and hypnotherapy sessions, which help break unhealthy habits such as smoking, overeating, or sleeping on a bed of hot coals. The lobby area welcomes guests with candle sconces and a pleasing mix of modern and vintage-style décor.
In the shadow of the Sierra Estrella mountains, the chefs at Wild Horse Pass Resort's Ko'Sin Restaurant acknowledge the local area and its produce when creating their dishes of comfort food inspired by Native American traditions. For dinner Gila River Fry Bread is one prime standout with its mix of red buffalo chili and chorizo with chipotle aioli. Plates of Tacos del Mar with mole mahi-mahi and avocado corn relish also hit the spot, letting diners stuff as much fish as they like into each tender tortilla on their plate. Breakfast too keeps it roots in local produce, with options that include citrus banana bread sweet toast and a prickly pear smoothie with no prickles.