A featured guest on Arizona Midday, Breanne Pelto has earned attention for pouring her nine years of experience as a certified sunless-tanning specialist into her beauty bar, Twinkle Tan. When certified techs lead customers into private treatment rooms, they provide disposable undergarments and hair ties before crafting custom airbrush tans with FDA-approved concoctions. By misting each client by hand and employing a full array of hues, Breanne's techs can avoid streaks and carrot-like complexions while hiding cellulite, spider veins, and blemishes. In addition to tanning, Breanne also offers teeth whitening and hair extensions made out of repurposed extension cords. Plush zebra-print chairs beckon incoming guests as beaded curtains glisten in the light of a crystal chandelier. Along the walls, racks of clothes and accessories entice the eyes.
Naturopathic physician Dr. Theresa Ramsey, NMD and the staff at Center for Natural Healing help bolster body and mind with holistic wellness services. For swift wellness boosts, Dr. Ramsey injects three sets of B6 and nontoxic methylcobalamin B12 vitamins—which contain no traces of cyanide unlike other varieties of B12—to help spur energy and metabolism levels. Like mayoral run-off elections, guests may request shots weekly or twice weekly. Alternatively, torsos can stretch out for 60 minutes inside the hyperbaric oxygen chamber's sealed cylindrical tube, which fits one person or three crash-test dummies, and rejuvenates cells with 100% pressurized oxygen. Throughout the soothing session, operators speak into an intercom system to alert guests of instructions, such as performing exaggerated breaths or yawns to help clear ears for the initial pressure. Once the chamber reaches the appropriate pressure level, guests can rest, meditate, or don a headset to listen to the soothing resonance of silent-movie soundtracks.
Kat Geringer is a born stylist. Since she was old enough to read fashion magazines, she would scour their glossy pages, reading up on the latest trends and hairstyles. Kat went on to earn her cosmetology license and open up a salon of her own: Shear Luck Studio. Within the bright space, Kat performs a variety of haircare and skincare services, from smoothing Brazilian blowouts to rejuvenating mini facials. During mani-pedis, Kat decorates nails with colorful shades using durable gel polishes.
The experts here clear unwanted hair patches via waxing, sugaring, and threading. Use Groupon's comparison of these methods to help decide how you want to go bare.
Waxing: A relatively quick procedure with results that can last up to six weeks, waxing requires a technician to pull the entire hair follicle from its root using a heated, resin-based wax. Some find that after multiple waxes, the follicle ceases to produce hair.
Wax comes in soft and hard varieties. A paper or cloth strip is required to remove soft wax, which sticks both to the hair and the skin around it. Since the wax becomes pliable when cooled, beauticians can cover a large area and then quickly remove the hair all at once. Soft wax is usually more popular when removing hair on the face, arms, legs, chest, or back. Hard wax, on the other hand, cools into a solid form that can be pulled from the skin without a strip. The wax only adheres to the hair, not the skin, which can minimize pain and decrease the appearance of redness or bumps. Hard wax is typically preferred for areas where coarser hair grows, such as the bikini area.
Body sugaring: Long before wax was everyone's favorite food, ancient Egyptians were already stripping unwanted hair from the body by its root using a honey concoction. Similar to the waxing process, modern body sugaring involves cloaking a patch of hair in a sweet, sticky solution??typically made from sugar, lemon juice, and water??and then pulling out the hair using a cotton strip. Aside from the all-natural formula, sugaring differs from waxing in that the solution is lower in temperature, won't strip away live skin cells, and rinses off with water. Most people find sugaring less painful than waxing, and the technique naturally exfoliates the skin. Since it's safe for sensitive skin, sugaring has gained popularity for those removing hair in the bikini zone, above the lip, or on the chest.
Threading: During this centuries-old procedure, long practiced in Asia and the Middle East, a practitioner uses a loop of fine cotton thread to lasso the base of individual hairs, puling them from their roots with a quick tug of the hands. Since the method allows for greater precision than other hair-removal approaches, it is favored for shaping eyebrows and muttonchops and for removing unwanted facial hair. The thread barely touches the skin, making it a gentle alternative to waxing for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.
Heidi Lamar didn't know much about spas when she first purchased Spa Lamar. As she explained to reporters from Skin Inc., "not coming from a spa background, there were things I didn't know I couldn't do." Unhindered by industry conventions or previously fixed ideas, Heidi set about filling her 14,000-square-foot spa with innovative amenities?from a luxurious waterfall-fed pool to an onsite yoga and dance studio. She also cultivates locals instead of the typical resort crowd, banishing cacti from the decor in favor of a Caribbean-style ambiance that, as she told the Arizona Republic, caters to those who already live in Arizona and want to get away to a tropical island. Today, her media-lauded spa is the largest privately owned spa in Scottsdale and is frequented by locals, including members of the Phoenix Suns Dancers.
Before treatments that include massages, acupuncture, mani-pedis, and facials, guests garbed in fluffy complimentary robes duck into the steam room. They sample wholesome lunches and fruit plates from the tropical tea bar and relax in the sauna while waiting for a haircut or warm algae wrap. Sunbathers float around the pool on loungers, whereas others simmer in a bubbling whirlpool. Unlike many traditional spas, Spa Lamar is completely coed, making it an ideal place for couples that are on a first date or permanently trapped together inside a horse costume with a broken zipper.
Occasionally, Mood Swings Aveda Salon and Skin Spa moonlights as a studio. Sometimes camera-toting members of the media stop by to check out this season’s trends or new hair products. Other times, models strut or flutter from imaginary wind gusts during Urban Tribe and other fashion photo shoots. Perhaps most importantly, Mood Swings periodic studio space hosts educational seminars for its talented team of stylists, who learn advanced tips in coloring and other techniques from Aveda professional instructors.
This commitment to the art and science of hair justifies Arizona Foothills magazine selecting Mood Swings Aveda Salon and Skin Spa as its best salon of 2011. The praise coincides with that from AZCentral.com, which named Mood Swings Best Trendy Salon for “translating cool, avant-garde styles into wearable, everyday looks.” Stylists craft these looks with natural, plant-based products from Aveda, and supplement the service with pampering that can include a complimentary scalp massage, hand facial, and finishing touches to clients’ makeup. A comprehensive services menu treats the entire body, ranging from natural skin products that rejuvenate complexions to pedicures that soothe feet with a dual-jet therapeutic whirlpool after unsuccessful attempts to walk barefoot across a hot charcoal grill.