The weeping willows hanging over Christopher George's Salon herald the serenity of the idyllic space they shade. The airy space sprawls across 1,000 square feet of leather chairs, black-lacquered wood decor, and high-end haircare products from the likes of Paul Mitchell. Talented stylists with 22 years of experience bustle about the salon, shearing strands into face-framing shapes during designer haircuts and refashioning follicles into a northern-lights-like display of color with partial highlights. Complimentary chalices of wine occasionally accompany treatments, providing a tasty alternative to the barbicide cocktails served at most traditional salons.
Growing up, James Dowling watched his family suffer from chronic illnesses, and even battled his own pain, for which Western medicine gave little relief. His investigations led him to an interest in drug-free and tactile therapies. He enrolled at DoveStar Institute to study under reiki masters, and earned his massage-therapist license, colon-hydrotherapy certification, and reiki mastership. At Phoenix Holistic Center, he balances bodies and minds through diverse methods such as sound therapy and kriya massage, which incorporates one continuous stroke that only ends when the therapist's arms become tangled.
An avid weightlifter and yogi, nationally certified massage therapist Bryan C. Thomas draws on an intrinsic understanding of athleticism when treating chronic pain and injuries with his one-hour custom massages. Drawing from a menu of Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and sports massages, Bryan can tackle pain and aid relaxation in one- to two-hour sessions. His nimble fingers manipulate muscles and boost blood flow to improve the range of motion in stifled limbs and the range of dramatic expression in struggling actors.
Gazing into one of the ornate mirrors at Hello Gorgeous The Salon, you might expect a disembodied face to insist you?re the fairest of them all. The waves of gold that wrap around each styling station?s mirror evoke a fairy-tale setting. In fact, the entire salon does: hardwood floors, an intricately embellished bureau, and fresh flowers are reminiscent of a surprisingly chic cottage. Drink in your surroundings as beauticians cut and style hair, paint nails, or perform another salon service.
Signature Service: Rejuvenating Facial
Brands Used: Maison
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Do you agree with the phrase "beauty is on the inside?" Why or why not?
We focus on "healthy inside and outside" since we are a MEDICAL spa not just a Fru Fru kind of place. We don't do nails and we don't sale cosmetics. We help our clients build a foundation for healthy, fresh, long-term beautiful skin. Even the most unattractive person looks better and feels more confident when they can put their best face forward. Our society judges us in the first three minutes we are visible to another human. Great skin says I am conscientious about my appearance and my health.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
The results we see and the ability to help people build self-confidence.
What's the most common beauty mistake you see people make? What would you recommend they do instead?
Thinking you can "paint on a bad canvas". You cannot put even great cosmetics (make-up) on skin that is rough, uneven, dry, oily or just not healthy. The radiance created by great skin shines through even the cheapest make-up.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our Rejuvenating Facial is customized to meet the needs of each individual client. We analyze your skin for texture, pigment and other issues that could be health related. THEN we advise our clients what can be done to correct the issue and to maintain great skin on a long term basis. "Going to a MEDICAL spa is like going to the GYM: if you only go once the benefits are limited, but if you go regularly the results are lifelong".
Signature Service: Cut and color services
Brands Used: All Nutrient and Paul Mitchell
Staff Size: One person
Parking: Parking lot
Sometimes the little things make all the difference. Do you bake any supplementary services into your main services?
Yes, I offer scalp massage with each shampoo.
People go to spas to forget about the outside world. How does your decor help create an atmosphere where visitors can unwind?
My salon has a beachy theme that makes clients feel like they're on vacation.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a client?
Some of my clients have cried because they loved their new styles so much.