"Just think of us as the Gucci of hair," says Canyon Falls Spa & Salon managing partner Adam Rimmel. "If you want nice hair extensions, you come to me." That's because Adam, who has worked in the extension business for more than six years, works with exclusive suppliers to bring in 100% human hair. He also ensures that a state-accredited company certifies all of his extension master stylists.
But Canyon Falls Spa & Salon's three locations offer more than just extensions?clients can expect attentive, professional service from any hairstylist, aesthetician, or nail technician on the staff. "They're all local, so they're all looking to build their clientele based on their positive customer experiences," Adam says, adding that many of his employees have a following of regular customers. He also calls out his "phenomenal" skincare staff members, who boast an average of 10?12 years of experience. Intent on "improving skin, not just pampering skin," they wield premium beauty products whose quality often makes a strong impression?clients "know the difference as soon as they smell it," Adam says.
All the locations have private rooms for facials and waxing, as well as massage chairs with footbaths for pedicures. The Lake Mead Boulevard and Eastern Avenue locations also employ massage therapists who help clients work out kinks caused by twisting around to look at their newly beautified hair from the back.
Hot desert air churns in from the distant dusty hills, but it’s given no quarter at Destination Academy Cosmetology School. Here, turquoise walls and porthole-shaped mirrors evoke the feel of a vessel bobbing in the water of a cool oasis. Though the spa-salon’s windows reveal sweeping views of the mountains, its private treatment rooms shield clients from the desert sun with candlelight, tubs big enough for two, and a choice of seven kinds of aromatherapy including french lavender and new handbag. On the second floor, expert stylists—some of whom may be alumni of Destination Academy, the salon’s nationally accredited training program—use Moroccanoil and Pureology to shape cuts to individual faces and style preferences.
Specializing in ancient threading hair-removal techniques, Ancient Spa & Boutique soothes bodies and faces with an eclectic variety of replenishing spa services. Each one-hour hydrating facial moisturizes skin, leaving it cleansed, nourished, and ready to be pinched by random grandmas on the bus. The spa’s specialty lies in authentic threading hair removal, a technique that originated in central Asia and provides optimum results for those with sensitive skin. A thin thread of pure twisted cotton is rolled over frowzy follicles to pluck them from the brow. Visitors of the serene spa can kick back amid an oasis of relaxation that features eye-opening bright green walls before leaving with a visage that’s as sleek and refreshed as a dolphin after a morning jog.
True Aveda Salon Las Vegas is aptly named, as the salon's staff helps clients remain true to their natural good looks using exclusive Aveda products chock-full of botanically derived ingredients and wrapped up in environmentally friendly packaging. Their full line of naturally derived Aveda products range from hair care to skin care.
True Aveda Salon in Las Vegas was founded in 2007, although it's changed ownership recently, the spa still focuses on providing simple, unadorned beauty services. Stylists customize cuts and color to flatter a client's natural coloring, face shape, and sense of style. Aestheticians and massage therapists use botanically enriched products to bring out skin's natural glow or relax muscles to a comfortable state.
The entire salon team?including stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians?keeps skills sharp with ongoing training in the latest Aveda salon and spa treatments during regular workshops, which keep techniques sharper than a game of chess played with knives in place of pawns.
Bella Vita Boutique Spa blends two specific trades: massage therapy and skincare. Licensed massage therapist Pablo Poloni unites with licensed aesthetician Georgina Poloni to bring their extensive training and experience to clients, pampering them with custom bodywork treatments and facials. Massage options include hot-stone, medical, and couples massages with aromatherapy and foot scrubs. Skincare services include a signature facial with an aromatic sweet orange steam, and an organic facial that uses plant extracts such as argan oil, coconut oil, shea butter, and aloe vera to invigorate skin. In all, the spa offers 10 different facial options, as well as waxing services.
Al and Catherine Ponte have a goal for Scandals Salon and Day Spa that defies its name: creating a drama-free atmosphere where patrons feel welcome. Just about the only thing scandalous is how unfair it is that the salon gets such a heavily saturated team of hair designers, barbers, aestheticians, and massage therapists. (Scandals gets to keep nearly 50 stylists alone). But it's not all a numbers game. The highly-trained folks arm themselves with products from TIGI, Redken, Matrix, Paul Mitchell, and other impressive lines, transforming manes, adding vibrant hues to nails, and easing tension from tense muscles.