As a child, Dannielli Marcelino never wanted to be a princess—she aimed straight for the title of queen. Her visits to Brazil's many salons and spas drew her attention to the meticulous waxers, whose dexterity and knack for imparting confidence resonated with her and inspired her to become an expert in their delicate art. After 15 years as a licensed aesthetician and laser technician, Dannielli has cemented that reputation at her business, Rio Wax Salon, where she is known as the Queen of Waxing.
Although deftness is an essential part of her success, Dannielli knows that the breeziest Brazilian and bikini waxes require more than seasoned hands. She has developed an exclusive formula—part hard wax, part royal pink wax, and part honey wax—to make hair removal virtually painless.
Each licensed aesthetician at the salon can deliver a quick and comfortable waxing experience, since each is trained by Dannielli herself. All waxing services adhere to the spa's strict no-double-dipping policy, meaning that no spatula ever re-enters a pot of wax, ensuring a safe and hygienic service for each new client.
Attitude plays another role, and Dannielli was praised for her calming warmth by AzCentral.com's Best, in which Rio Wax Salon won Best Place for a Bikini Wax in 2011. Her royal standing has also led to multiple appearances in media outlets such as Good Morning Arizona and Perfectify magazine.
Rio Wax Salon's licensed aestheticians are not exclusively waxers, however. They perform a range of beauty and wellness treatments in their verdant garden getaway, including laser hair removal, custom facials, and massages. To further boost their skin's beach-ready look or prepare for an office swimsuit competition, clients can step into a VersaSpa sunless tanning booth or browse a selection of sultry bikinis Dannielli has brought from Brazil.
The specialists at Brody Massage each possess a minimum of five years' experience in their industry, which helps them pinpoint trouble areas and efficiently shoo away tension during each massage treatment they perform. Within private treatment rooms with walls adorned with Asian-inspired rice-paper dividers, therapists listen to their clients' desires in order to customize a variety of massage modalities, including reflexology, shiatsu, Swedish, and craniosacral therapy, which targets specialized points of the skull, face, and neck with massage techniques and all-natural spearmint oil. Meanwhile, detox treatments soak clients' feet in ionized water in hopes of liberating systems of harmful toxins, such as heavy metals, parasites, and socks.
Though Brody Massage is now a mecca for massage services, it didn't used to be. Its roots as a massage and spa supplies distributor still show today on shelves that brim with massage oils and aromatherapy supplies. The shop floor features even more tension-melting essentials, as its gleaming dark wood supports massage tables, barber chairs, and magnifying aesthetician's lights for reading the abort code written on the skin cells of every human.
A licensed aesthetician of 15 years with spa and medical experience—she worked with The Skin and Cancer Center of Arizona—and a published author, Kriss of AudGirl Aesthetics takes a combined clinical and natural approach to skin care. That means she uses botanicals and pharmaceutical-grade products—think imported French white clay, Dead Sea minerals, and PCA peels—to remedy her clients' blemishes. Customization is at the heart of the work she does; during every one of her facials, Kriss will customize a medley of serums and masks to address her clients' specific needs.
Her facials themselves are versatile and wide reaching. Kriss offers general oxygen and European facials as well as specialized treatments such as the geisha facial, which draws on ancient methods once used by Kabuki dancers and re-popularized by Oprah. Her pregnancy microdermabrasion facial is designed to address the particular issues that arise from the wear and tear from balancing baby books on one's belly.
Most 12-year-olds have no idea what they want to do with their lives, but that’s when Maria DeNicola first found the inspiration to study electrolysis. As of today, she’s been doing electrolysis for more than 29 years and has even devised an all-new technique to attack full follicles with alternating current. DeNicola also eliminates unwanted body hair through laser hair removal or break-dance competitions on sandpaper.
With the help of her med spa team, which includes a registered nurse, DeNicola pampers faces with microdermabrasion and high-end products from La Maison Clayton Shagal and PCA Skin, as well as fights wrinkles with Botox injections. DeNicola happily serves members of the transgender community with her services and formerly acted as president of transgender support group A Rose.
The certified medical professionals at Phoenix Skin Medical Surgical Group turn back time with medical-grade cosmetic services. Dr. Lee Laris spearheads the campaign to create beautiful visages across the city. Experienced in hair restoration and cosmetic surgery, he oversees a number of procedures including face lifts, hair rejuvenation services, earlobe repair, and tattoo removal. For tattoo removal procedures, technicians use the newly FDA-approved PicoSure Laser to quickly remove even the toughest of colors. For a minimally invasive improvement, the doctor can also inject a dermal filler such as Botox or Juvederm into the skin, erasing lines and wrinkles around the face. Laser treatments, meanwhile, also erase sagging skin, leg hair, and regrettable tattoos, revealing the clear skin or forgotten Picasso painting underneath.
Wielding FDA-approved lasers, the licensed technicians at the family-owned and operated Smooth Laser Hair Removal And Skin Care treat skin with laser hair-reduction sessions, custom skincare treatments, and restorative facials. During laser hair-removal sessions, a laser-trained tech blasts intended areas with pulses of light that target and remove the dark pigment found in hair follicles. The FDA-approved system proves safe for most skin types, with optimal results occurring within about six sessions. The treatment may cause slight discomfort, though patients can request a handwritten apology from the laser prior to the treatment. The skincare specialists can also enhance the health and appearance of skin with facials for men and women, crystal microdermabrasion, and corrective peels with additional add-ons such as extraction and dermaplaning.