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.
While blondes reputedly have more fun, stylist Andre Aronica worries that they also have more damaging hair regimens. In his 6,000-square-foot studio, Dre's Hair Salon & Spa, Aronica specializes in crafting natural-looking golden hues while bypassing the fried look that bleaching can engender. Over his more than two-decade career, his careful coloring has beautified public personas from Playboy playmates to racecar drivers. At his salon, he and his team of stylists brighten civilians? locks with the same A-list treatments, being voted the Best Salon of 2013 by Arizona Foothills magazine.
Beyond color, Aronica?s team can cut tresses, tame unruly frizz with the Brazilian Blowout system, or style locks with Kerastase products. The team emphasizes communication between client and stylist to ensure that custom looks are created collaboratively rather than by the stylist just shaving while blindfolded.
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.
Trained at the academies of industry lines such as Toni & Guy, Schwarzkopf, and Goldwell, Alicia Shannon Bravo and her team perform services that range from basic haircuts to Brazilian blowouts. Bravo Salon & Day Spa's staff claims multiple specialties, including Japanese hair straightening, coloring?including color correction and color removal?and styling for curly or antigravity hair. Lavender accents pop against the studio's silver-and-white color scheme, surrounding stylists as they cleanse and condition locks with product lines such as Matrix, Redken, Moroccan Oil, Neuma, and Goldwell. The salon?s combination of staff expertise and style has helped Bravo Salon & Day Spa win multiple Best of Scottsdale awards.
Patrons sip from glasses of beer and sake martinis while waiting to get haircuts and six-towel straight-razor face shaves. But at minibar.ber.shop, waiting for a barber appointment doesn't mean flipping through last October's issue of Hockey Pucks! magazine. It means sampling more than a dozen beers, listening to music, and sinking teeth into prosciutto-brie paninis. In the VIP room, clients kick back for hot-towel shaves and soothing facials with an arsenal of entertainment devices at their disposal: a 42-inch HDTV, streaming internet radio, and four regular walls—the 19th century equivalent of TV. The barbershop's playful signature services reflect its ethos, including its moustache trim—dubbed the geraldo—and its beard trim known as the zz top.