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.
The resume of Dr. Marvin Borsand, president of The Body Sculpting Center, should put any prospective client at ease. He not only has been certified to perform breast augmentation since 1992, but also has been a principal investigator on a silicone study for the Institutional Review Board. Plus, he co-authored an article on breast augmentation for the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery and is the current president of the Arizona Society of Cosmetic Surgery.
Breast augmentation procedures are his specialty, and he spends a generous amount of time with each client as they consider treatment, doing his best to offer honest, realistic expectations of results. He understands that each person has their own reasons for seeking treatment, from the mother wanting to firm her breasts after pregnancy, to the cancer survivor seeking her former silhouette post-mastectomy.
Of course, Dr. Borsand, along with Drs. Bryan Friedman and Elizabeth Nikolic, perform an extensive selection of other procedures, including facial contouring, sinus surgery, and even vaginal rejuvenation. They have a med spa onsite as well, where clients can pursue less invasive treatments such as laser rejuvenation and hormone-replacement therapy.
One Love Boutique Spa and Salon shares its knowledge of skincare with clients as it doles out a comprehensive repertoire of personal-care treatments at its luxuriously appointed spa. Elegant chandeliers shine brightly on cosmetic artists as they work to illuminate clients' complexions, channeling the soft hues of spring or the glowing colors of Lite-Brite pegs with glominerals and Advanced Mineral Makeup. Aestheticians use their skills to resolve skin issues such as dullness or hyperpigmentation with exfoliating PCA peels, dermaplaning treatments, and specialized facials that include a complimentary eyebrow wax and moisturizing hand treatment. Aestheticians armed with Jan Marini Skin Research and Clarisonic products let skin shine through by removing unwanted body hair during full-body waxing services.
An award-winning Aveda concept salon, 'Ohana Aveda Salon and Spa welcomes guests into a rejuvenating oasis where stylists refresh looks with Aveda’s fragrant, plant-derived products. Each stylist that joins the 'Ohana team undergoes advanced training in the studio’s Pure Protégé program, where salon educators lead them through workshops covering everything from technical cuts and texturizing treatments to product recommendation and four-part vocal harmonies. Once they’ve ascended to the role of mane master, stylists are free to dish out the salon’s signature Aveda services, including cuts enhanced with custom head, neck, and hand treatments and complimentary makeup touchups. The salon also has documented its styling savvy in print, doing hair and makeup for photo shoots in So Scottsdale! magazine.
Kalologie 360 Spa's expert beauty gurus offer a first-class selection of pampering services, earning the franchise a spot on Elle magazine's 2008 list of Top 10 Beauty Boutiques. The staff exfoliates faces with more than 10 varieties of facials and peels, using the boutique's own line of products custom formulated from medical-grade ingredients free of parabens and sulfates. Therapists also treat clients with massage modalities such as Swedish, shiatsu, and deep-tissue, as well as waxing treatments that use specially formulated hard and soft wax for all areas of the body. Airbrush spray tans round out the menu of services, leaving bodies with a bronze hue similar to that achieved by bathing in a tub of melted-down doorknobs.
Aestheticians at divine skin spa perform more than 10 signature facials and chemical peels, each powered by Skin Script clinical skincare products. The line, which blends antioxidants, retinols, and natural fruit enzymes, represents a collaborative effort between a team of doctors and aestheticians who wanted more from their rejuvenating serums. These nourishing serums join forces with extractions and microdermabrasion at divine skin spa to address common skin concerns such as acne, fine lines, and unshakeable scowls. A diligent team of massage therapists tends to the rest of the body with 50- to 80-minute massages that use Bon Vital massage oils and lotions. Full-body relaxation sessions can be upgraded with aromatherapy, hydrating foot treatments, or an anticellulite cream.