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.
At the mother-daughter-owned Primp and Blow: A Blow Dry Bar, stylists focus on a single goal: speedily making over customers’ hair and makeup in an upscale, scissor-free salon setting. Stylists focus their services around blowouts, mastering the art of transforming wet strands into pin-straight 'dos, big curls, or the flirtatious “Scottsdale ponytail.” Products from Bumble and Bumble or Moroccanoil seal in styles, which can last for days or until clients attempt to brush their hair with a cotton-candy spinner. Cosmetologists wield equally effective serums from brands such as Rain and La Bella Donna—two lines of organic mineral makeup.
Rather than getting hair styled only alongside a clip or before a fancy occasion, these fashion-forward stylists reason that everyday events call for a polished look, be it a meeting, big date, or highly publicized nap. Primp and Blow has grabbed local buzz from publications such as AZFoothills.com—for which a writer declared, “I tried Primp and Blow for the first time on New Years Eve and was amazed with my look. In with a baseball cap and oversized shades and out looking, and feeling, red carpet ready.” The overwhelming positive reviews helped the owners to open a second location. Both salons reflect the glamorous, everyday kind of luxury the team hopes to deliver, enhancing customer experiences with digital magazines on iPads and the glow of chandeliers.
Launched in February 2012 as a complement to celebrity stylist Oliver Ifergan’s eponymous salon, Twist by Oliver Ifergan’s singular mission is to beautify clients with world-class hair services at an affordable price. Located adjacent to Oliver Ifergan Atelier and known for its celebrity clientele and collection of crossword puzzles completed by said clientele, Twist’s intimate and avant-garde setting offers guests a relaxing haven where they can indulge in meticulous cuts, color, and voluminous blowouts using the owner’s own products. The salon, run by Gregory Ifergan, offers extended hours and is open seven days a week.
A lighthearted personality and meticulousness are good traits to look for in an aesthetician, especially when their specialty is Brazilian waxing. D'Lisa Shayn's depilation skills and friendly bedside manner earned her the Critics' Picks title of Best Waxer and many a loyal client.
When it comes to the hair on your head, there are skilled stylists in the studio on staff that are experienced in the latest colors and cuts. They can create glamorous updos for weddings or understated downdos for proms in rooms with low ceilings.
Brooke Toronto, the lead stylist and owner of Salon b, specializes in haircuts and coloring. More specifically, she prides herself on being able to fashion a look that flatters each client's features and works with his or her individual lifestyle. From the comfort of her salon, she offers haircuts for women, men, and children, as well as coloring treatments with organic products that can add some oomph to an otherwise graying 'do or faded knit cap. Other services on the docket include weaves, keratin treatments, blowouts, and styles.
Kohler Academy provides quality education for hairstylists and skin therapists on the rise, with a student salon and spa that offers instructor-supervised services at tip-free, competitive rates. The academy uses Bumble and bumble, Dermalogica, Creative Nail Design, bareMinerals, and Joico products, pampering clients like baby kangaroos swathed inside their mother's Gucci purse. Salon services include skull-bramble reshaping in the form of haircuts ($15–$20) and single-palette color ($30–$45), to name just a few. The spa menu offers the tonal transformation of airbrush tanning (full body, $27 per session), facials ($40), microdermabrasion ($50), and waxing ($10–$50) to clear bodily gardens of unwanted weed growth. Standard manicures cost $15, while pedicures are $20 a pop (nail art and French manicures and pedicures are available for an additional fee). Each cosmetology student at Kohler has more than 300 hours of education beneath his or her headband, while skin-therapy students must have more than 150 hours before performing services on the public and contestants in the Indiana State Fair prize-pumpkin contest. Kohler Academy offers extended hours to accommodate most schedules. The state-of-the-art facility houses 64 salon stations, eight treatment rooms, eight nail stations, and one Stargate that inexplicably leads to the Starship Enterprise.