At the mother-daughter-owned Primp and Blow: A Blow Dry Bar, stylists focus on a single goal: speedily making over customers? hair and makeup in an upscale, scissor-free salon setting. Stylists focus their services around blowouts, mastering the art of transforming wet strands into pin-straight 'dos, big curls, or the flirtatious ?Scottsdale ponytail.? Products from Bumble and Bumble or Moroccanoil seal in styles, which can last for days or until clients attempt to brush their hair with a cotton-candy spinner. Cosmetologists wield equally effective serums from brands such as Rain and La Bella Donna?two lines of organic mineral makeup.
Rather than getting hair styled only alongside a clip or before a fancy occasion, these fashion-forward stylists reason that everyday events call for a polished look, be it a meeting, big date, or highly publicized nap. Primp and Blow has grabbed local buzz from publications such as AZFoothills.com?for which a writer declared, ?I tried Primp and Blow for the first time on New Years Eve and was amazed with my look. In with a baseball cap and oversized shades and out looking, and feeling, red carpet ready.? The overwhelming positive reviews helped the owners to open a second location. Both salons reflect the glamorous, everyday kind of luxury the team hopes to deliver, enhancing customer experiences with digital magazines on iPads and the glow of chandeliers.
In 2008, Alli Webb, a former Hollywood publicist and NYC-trained stylist, pioneered the in-home blowout with a select roster of clients. Her clientele soon outgrew her home, so she opened Drybar in Brentwood, California. Drybar has since gone national with an ever-growing roster of 36 shops, including one in the Scottsdale Quarter that, much like the Michelin man?s inspiration board, is dedicated solely to blowouts. In 2012, Drybar expanded to a second location in Phoenix's Camelback Corridor. Alli and her stylists fan hair into one of nine styles, from straight and sleek 'dos to loose beach waves and soft curls. The service menu also encompasses whimsical updos and blowout add-ons, such as scalp massages.
Alli?ranked 35 on Fast Company's 2013 list of the most creative people in business?stays true to her roots by occasionally dispatching stylists to perform blowouts at homes, but her bright, spacious shops offer a welcoming alternative. Yellow accents in the form of fresh flowers, a chandelier made from hair dryers, and end tables pop from a backdrop of dazzling white walls, counters, and chairs. The simple yet chic space sets the stage for parties complete with Drybar's signature service.
For 20 years, Pucci Salon?s talented hairstylists, nail technicians, and aestheticians have been beautifying and pampering clients with the type of passion that earned the Bumble and bumble network salon a ranking as one of Salon Today's top 200 salons in the country. Beneath a loft-like ceiling, stylists are free to mirror the salon?s hip and modern decor with equally inspiring cuts and color treatments, or break the record for the world's tallest beehive using the best products from Bumble and bumble, Oribe, and Moroccanoil. Chic padded armchairs take the place of tired recliners in the pedicure corner, where experienced technicians decorate digits with vibrant polish or chip-proof Shellac.
While the salon sings with the hoopla of hair-dryers and the din of drying nail polish, a small sign hangs outside private spa rooms to demand ?Quite Please, Facial in Progress? or "Donut Please, Hungry." Inside, aestheticians rejuvenate skin with five types of facials that blend products rich in essential oils and plant extracts, and use warm wax to strip away unwanted hair from the face and body.
After becoming licensed in 1985, Kimberly Eckles, recipient of 944 Magazine's 2006 Editors Choice Award for Best Facial among others, had the talent to not only train at Elizabeth Arden's esteemed New York City spa, but to then work at renowned destinations such as Maine Chance and Camelback Inn. But over time, she felt unfulfilled by working mostly with vacationers, and longed to build a clientele of regulars. So she struck out on her own and opened Kimberly's Facial Boutique, where she administers the wide range of treatments she's learned over the years.
Those interested in more traditional services could book a signature facial, but her specialty lies in more advanced treatments. Her service menu includes everything from oxygen and AHA peels to LED light therapy and myotonology, a treatment that firms skin with low-level currents. But Kimberly still practices the luxurious touches that she picked up at those destination spas: treatments include extras like hot stones, hand and foot pampering, advanced facial massage, and adorable drink umbrellas.
While blondes reputedly have more fun, stylist Andre Aronica worries that they also have more damaging hair regimens. In his 6,000-square-foot studio, Dre's Hair Salon & Spa, Aronica specializes in crafting natural-looking golden hues while bypassing the fried look that bleaching can engender. Over his more than two-decade career, his careful coloring has beautified public personas from Playboy playmates to racecar drivers. At his salon, he and his team of stylists brighten civilians? locks with the same A-list treatments, being voted the Best Salon of 2013 by Arizona Foothills magazine.
Beyond color, Aronica?s team can cut tresses, tame unruly frizz with the Brazilian Blowout system, or style locks with Kerastase products. The team emphasizes communication between client and stylist to ensure that custom looks are created collaboratively rather than by the stylist just shaving while blindfolded.
Fourteen lighted outdoor tennis courts, four new pickleball courts, seven indoor racquetball courts, weight rooms, a group fitness studio, and an indoor cycling room make up the facilities at La Camarilla Racquet, Fitness & Swim Club, setting the stage for members to get fit any way they see fit. For one, there’s a varied schedule of group fitness classes, with structured workouts such as tai chi, muscle cardio, yoga, and spinning. Treadmills, upright bikes, elliptical machines, and other fitness machines are within the four fitness rooms, too. If you want to cool off after a workout, feel free to swim the club's 25-meter outdoor pool or juggle ice cubes in the members’ lounge and bar area.
You can hear a constant thwacking of tennis balls and shuffling feet in the outdoor tennis facility, which hosts numerous tournaments, clinics, and lessons. Director of tennis Roger Furman and his staff of USPTA-certified pros offer instructional guidance to aspiring tennis players and ball boys of all ages.