Hairstylist and lash-extension specialist Ashley Alexander works amid Allure Lash Bar's simple, chic space, where she provides everything from quick cuts to floor-sweeping hair extensions. Clients can sink into Ashley?s styling chair for some beauty maintenance, such as trim and color retouch, or redo their looks with everything from the Keratin Complex smoothing therapy to full or partial hair extensions. Lash extensions are perhaps one of Ashley?s most-popular specialties?her synthetic lashes pump up natural lashes for up to 90 days without using mascara or taping feathers along the eyes.
What do neuroscience and beauty have in common? Park Avenue Blow Dry and Beauty Bar’s owner, Holli Christensen, marks both as career paths she’s conquered. After earning her master's degree at King’s College in London, the research scientist decided to ditch the lab coat and set her sights on cracking the beauty formula. Her first business––Kensington Makeup Artists––became a booming success, delivering on-location wedding makeup and hair for more than 150 brides and at least one confused catering assistant per year. Not only was she named one of Phoenix Business Journal’s Top Forty Under 40 in 2011, but she also found the inspiration to open Park Avenue as a permanent hub for clients who needed everyday services such as updos, highlights, makeup, and waxing. Today, Holli still caters to on-the-go beauty seekers by offering 30-minute mini facials or express blowouts. Those with more leisurely schedules can take their time choosing from six types of eyelash extensions that last anywhere from one night to six weeks.
V’s Barbershop and Shoeshine harkens back to the good old days with hot lather and straight razor shaves. The Arcadia storefront of the Phoenix based franchise is set-up like an upscale man cave, complete with TVs at each station. Barbers wear classic white jackets, while customers are draped in burgundy logo capes, and the gleaming black-and-white tile floor keeps the yester-year theme going strong. The services are luxury, from classic haircuts, to mustache trims, facials, clay masks and face massages, while a Big Day package is perfect for grooms, and includes a shampoo and hair cut, straight razor shave, shoeshine, complimentary cigar and optional facial and face massage.