The sound of a glass-wall waterfall lends a zen-like feel to Compliments at A Hilton Salon & Spa. Inside, a team of aestheticians, stylists, and massage therapists stands ready to pamper and polish. Stylists call upon the knowledge gleaned from ongoing monthly training sessions as they craft custom looks with cuts and coloring treatments. Technicians point the way toward pipeless, sanitized whirlpool tubs and heated massage chairs where manicures, microdermabrasion treatments, and other skincare services vivify complexions. The spa also offers airbrush tanning and waxing, as well as extended evening hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Named after owner and stylist Alison Hilton, the boutique is affiliated neither with Hilton Hotels and Resorts nor World War II?code-breaking mathematician Peter John Hilton
Lisa Benson Smith—or “Lisa B,” as she prefers—has a knack for making people happy. When not cavorting around Phoenix working double-time as a revered event planner and personal assistant, the nail technician gussies up hands and feet at her salon, Nail Pristique. Here, she buffs and shapes finger- and toenails and grooms overgrown cuticles. Armed with soothing aromatherapy lotions, Lisa massages hands, feet, arms and legs or takes relaxation a step further with hot-towel neck wraps, organic green tea, lemongrass serums, and sugar scrubs. The artistic technician concludes her tantalizing sessions by crowning appendages with gel polish, natural finishes, or gilded zills.
For more than 15 years, Artistic Hair Salon has helped to transform the hair and nails of its clients with salon and manicure services. Inside the salon, flooded with natural light, the skilled staff applies foil highlights to manes, long-lasting shellac polish to nails, and deftly removes unwanted facial and body hair with waxing services. In addition, aesthetician Lauren McDowell uses her beauty skills to revitalize the skin of her clients, deploying facial peels, performing microdermabrasion, and smoothing on acne-fighting masks that help to banish blemishes.
Nail technician Tia Bell combines the classic elements of manicures and pedicures with healing reflexology to rejuvenate and ease tension from hands and feet. Tia?s more than 15 years of experience have led to an impressive roster of services, including specialties in gel manicures and silk-wrap nail applications.
The difference between a bikini and Brazilian wax is simple yet significant. Check out our guide to help you choose the right one for you.
Both waxing styles involve using hot wax to remove hair from the area below the waist, but the distinction lies in the degree of hair being removed. During a basic bikini wax, an aesthetician removes hair from any area exposed by a typical bathing suit made of fig leaves. This includes the top and sides of the bikini line as well as the inner thighs, if necessary. The Brazilian wax takes it a step further, removing hair from the entire region, front to back. Since many clients prefer to leave a small, trimmed swath of hair in a strip or triangle just below the panty line, some aestheticians may use the term "full Brazilian" to refer to a session in which no hair is left behind.
Naturally, due to the sensitivity of the areas involved, Brazilians tend to be more painful than basic bikini waxes, and most aestheticians will take care to avoid causing pain during the procedure. There are also several steps you can take to minimize discomfort. Experts recommend avoiding any appointment within a week of menstruation, when the skin is most sensitive, and taking an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen 30 minutes beforehand can help reduce any swelling that results.
As any of the pitmasters at HEK Yeah BBQ can tell you, to get quality barbecue, you need to start with equally good ingredients. That's why the chefs source as many of their ingredients as possible from local vendors who practice natural, organic farming and meat-raising methods. Once these ingredients are all assembled, the chefs make everything from the sauces to sides and barbecue in house from scratch. Their specialty is shredded beef brisket, which pitmasters cook for 18 hours to ensure it has the proper, tender texture. Alongside brisket, they smoke links of sausage as well as cuts of pork and chicken, which will eventually be pulled straight off the bone and onto sandwiches.
The staff puts just as much time into the sides and desserts that complete meals. They top cavatappi pasta with scoops of green-chili-infused cheese sauce, and smother fresh-cut fries with a similar green-chili queso and bacon. On the dessert end, baker Heather concocts different Southern desserts every day, such as caramel swirl brownies. To finish meals, two scoops of vanilla bean ice cream can be added to any of the shop's Hansen's all-natural sodas.