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.
Atmosphere, a Paul Mitchell salon, employs national educators, platform artists, and graduates of the esteemed Paul Mitchell School who know how to manage manes with follicle-friendly products and services. Haircuts ($40–$60), conditionings ($15–$45), and coloring treatments ($50+, depending on level of treatment and stylist) refresh and refinish tired strands in a standard fashion. Among the more highly sought services at Atmosphere is the Awapuhi KeraTriplex treatment ($30–$45, depending on amount used), which deploys a mélange of isolated proteins identical to the keratin found in humans and expensive porcelain dolls. The restorative fluid fuses to strands with the clingy strength of an octopus hug, reducing breakage up to 80 percent, preventing color fade up to 67 percent, and improving shine up to 35 percent.
Stroll into Kashmir’s sleek confines and obtain a bevy of beautification services from a talented staff of artists, each of whom specializes in his or her field and deftly transforms weathered finger shingles into resplendent, eye-catching nails. Just like at the tax preparation office, a rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere greets patrons looking to spiff up their finger helmets with a 60-minute signature spa pedicure, which comes with a dirty martini, ginger lime gimlet, lemon drop, or piña colada cocktail. Themed lotions, scrubs, and products are coordinated to match each cocktail, and callus removal, a salt or sugar scrub, and nail art add pizzazz to sidewalk propellers. Enjoy the relaxing ambience and soak into plush furnishings while receiving an extended massage that melts away stress into a disposable pool of Silly Putty.