At Talk of the Town A Salon, a cast of hairstylists, skin specialists, and nail technicians beautifies patrons from cowlick to cuticle. Talented stylists wield scissors or chainsaws to cut off overgrown lengths and shape strands into elegant coiffures, and beauty experts custom-design facials to fit individual skin concerns. In the nail corner, technicians indulge hands and feet with relaxing spa manicures, and embellish digits with colorful Shellac gel that lasts for up to two weeks or acrylic fills.
Therapist Randy and his partner Lara weave spiritual healing into aspects of their practice, providing customized holistic wellness through massage and energy work. More than 25 years of experience inform Randy?s massage therapy; since 1986, he?s immersed himself in a diverse spectrum of healing modalities that range from sports massage to neuromuscular therapy to radix, an emotional healing technique. He specializes in deep-tissue massage, and can employ a VibraCussor medical massage tool that uses percussion to facilitate joint and fascia release without the discomfort that can sometimes accompany manual pressure.
Randy and Lara work together on their massage and spiritual healing sessions, which combine his therapy expertise with her empathy and nurturing nature. While Randy massages away pent-up aches, Lara mollifies restless minds with Essene reflexology, helping clients get in touch with their own positive energies and fairy godmothers who don?t mind if you forget their birthdays.
While taking a walk, it's not unusual for residents of Tucson to see others out for a stroll, although it might be unusual to see someone stooping to collect leaves from a low-lying plant. But that's exactly what staff members at Natural Way Wellness Spa do to create their seasonal herbal wraps and infusions. They select their local gatherings based on their "wide working knowledge of herbology," says the owner, who supplements her own herbal findings with trips to local herb stores and enchanted forests.
"Tucson [is] such a wonderful community that cares about sustainable foods, that cares about [being green]," the owner says. "Our mission, really, is to bring affordable, safe, and natural services to Tucson." Massage therapists and aestheticians employ organic American-made products to cleanse complexions or detoxify bodies during wraps. Treatments are outlined on a whimsical chalkboard menu, which presides over the spa's comfortable atmosphere with ceilings of exposed wooden beams and pastel walls.
Licensed aestheticians, nail technicians, and massage therapists convene beneath one roof at Bella Skin, Body & Boutique. Within this relaxation oasis, skin specialists call upon SkinCeuticals products to deep-clean pores and rejuvenate visages, all while buffing away signs of aging and causes of acne. Private spa rooms host meticulous waxing sessions as aestheticians gently strip away stubble or cacti prickles from the face, limbs, and bikini area. Nail technicians continue the beauty treatments with indulgent manicures and pedicures, crowning digits with vibrant polish or no-chip Shellac. Licensed massage therapists unleash five types of techniques across aching backs, from fluid Swedish strokes to soothing river-rock treatments.
The students at Tucson College of Beauty are continuously preparing for state boards and professional careers, so it’s no wonder that they’re capable of helming styling treatments all on their own. Under the supervision of expert instructors, students take to the salon floor at the school hone their craft with real-life clients or really lifelike crash-test dummies. The salon's service menu includes a full slate of hair treatments—cuts, thermal straightening, highlights, perms, deep-conditioning treatments—as well as nailcare, skincare, and waxing.