Inside Devine's Salon Spa, clients aren't greeted with the thick chemical odor of formaldehyde, ammonia, or some laboratory's version of lavender. What they do smell are natural, aromatic botanicals wafting from a line of Aveda products. The team of stylists and aestheticians utilize these products throughout their full menu of men's and women's haircuts, facials, and body treatments, including complementary Aveda sensory rituals designed to put stressed minds and bodies at ease. And since Aveda products are manufactured with environmentally friendly wind power, it's not unusual for guests to emerge from Devine's looking and feeling beautified, and greeted with a hug from a tree.
Julian Luna and Jim Le opened J Salon in 2006, and have since built up a team of experienced stylists with specialties ranging from Japanese thermal straightening to full-on makeovers. With products from Bumble and bumble and Moroccanoil in tow, they revamp looks with highlights, cuts, and full colors or touchups. Their expertise led the staff to enter a “hair wars” competition, a runway show designed to display the creativity of Phoenix area hair stylists. Along with hair care, J Salon helps clients get rid of the hair they don’t want with lip and eyebrow waxing services.
Master stylist Ann Hughes draws from a continuously updated arsenal of beautifying techniques, brandishing products from MoroccanOil and Pureology to sculpt contemporary coifs. Tress overhauls begin with a custom cut that frames faces and face-tattooed family portraits. Aesthetically antiquated 'dos submit to the deft fingers and singing cartoon shears of stylists, emerging as a trendy new cuts. MoroccanOil, infused with antioxidants, vitamins, and UV protectors, permeates freshly shorn strands, conditioning hair from root to tip amid J Salon's earth tones and floral accents.
20 years have taken master stylist Mida from Paris to Glendale, and she can tell you about it in English, French, or Vietnamese. The shearsmith taps into her Parisian education and her experience managing a bridal boutique in California to beautify each client. Her services run the gamut from basic bang cuts to designer haircuts, weaves, and Japanese thermal straightening. To render those services, Mida calls upon products such as Biomega, Pureology, Enjoy, Aquage, and Matrix. She also uses human hair extension to add length, volume, color, or all of the above for as long as one elephant burp?roughly six weeks. Her salon matches the elegance of outgoing clients with its light orange and cream swirled paint, sheer curtains, and an ornate analog clock.
Some hair can go months without needing a cut, while other 'dos can barely last days. High Effects accommodates those latter locks with its BlownAway package, sessions of shampooing, conditioning, and customized blow-drying held once a week for one month. Adept with any type of men’s, women’s, and children’s hair, High Effects’ stylists can update looks with everything from simple bang trims to intricate bridal updos. For coloring services, they rely on Aveda products, whose sunflower, castor, and jojoba oils help maintain each strand's hue, condition, and shine.
Inside Vivaldi Salon Suites, all the coiffeurs are master stylists and master colorists, with an average of 10 years of experience. Along with the estheticians, make-up artists, and nail technicians, they are also their own bosses and set their own schedules and pamper guests from inside their own suites. The beauty entrepreneurs expertly dispense their mastery skills that include face-framing highlights, refreshing facials, permanent eyeliner applications, acrylic nails, and quickie tans without the need for the sun or a vat of melted pennies.