The brainchild of board-certified women's reproductive surgeon Dr. Kearns and licensed aesthetician Sadie Anderson-Ranov, Club Medspa offers a variety of laser aesthetic and anti-aging techniques. Dr. Kearns performs each laser treatment himself, calling upon his experience in more than 10,000 cosmetic procedures and his role as a preceptor for Lumenis, in which he has trained thousands of medical professionals in the use of cutting-edge laser technology. Dr. Kearns uses his expertise—along with thorough consultations—during services such as laser hair reduction, fractional-laser resurfacing, and the revision of scars caused by acne or a dance partner with a wooden peg leg.
After starting out as a makeup artist and spa director, Anderson-Ranov became a skincare consultant. She and her current team combat fine lines and wrinkles with chemical peels, medical microdermabrasions, and Botox; patrons can even gather a group of friends for a dermal-fillers party with refreshments and music. The innovative crew has also developed a savings program, in which clients pay a monthly fee for access to a number of popular treatments and potentially significant savings.
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.
Shortly after completing his studies at Sassoon Academy in London and plying the hairdresser's trade in Dublin, master stylist Robert Quinn made the move to Boston. He soon began styling for local TV personalities, including TV journalist Kathleen Sullivan and 60 Minutes reporter Lesley Stahl, and he frequently appeared on the morning talk show A.M. Boston to share makeover advice with viewers.
Now at his own full-service salon and spa in Scottsdale, Quinn leads a team of more than 40 stylists, nail techs, and aestheticians as they cater to each client's needs. The team works with trusted product lines including L'Oréal, Kérastase, Pureology, Bumble and bumble., Phytologie, Aquage, Moroccanoil, and Kevin.Murphy.
Aesthetician Ann Casillo understands the difficulties of living in a desert clime. Dry air, extreme temperatures, and dating cacti all take their toll on the complexion. At her new location in North Scottsdale, her signature facials work to reverse this damage with rejuvenating ingredients and pampering add-ons. Natural solutions sourced from pumpkin and fruit coax out a healthy glow, and more advanced LED lights and exfoliating procedures leave skin refreshed. Ann also sells products by Skin Script to help clients continue the beautifying process at home.
Beyond its soft, seemingly delicate outer layer, skin acts as a living barrier between us and the harsh world outside. Check out Groupon?s guide to the body's pliable armor.
If you were to take all your skin and spread it out, it would, on average, cover a twin bed. And though that might be a blessing when you've run out of clean sheets, it would leave you defenseless against hazards such as bacteria, chemicals, sunlight, and even water. A complex system of more than 300 million constantly regenerating cells, nerves, and glands, the skin is not only the body's largest organ, but also its first line of defense against the environment, a flexible, waterproof sheath for all the muscles, bones, and sensitive electronics inside.
In most cases, we can only see the skin's outer layer, or epidermis, but two more layers lie just below the surface?the dermis, full of flexible collagen and elastin, and a subcutaneous layer of fat meant to cushion and insulate our insides. Of the three layers, the dermis is the workhorse, bracing the capillaries that regulate our body temperature and hosting millions of follicles that knit new hair and expel softening oils. But despite its importance, nobody will ever tell you how nice your dermis looks. Beauty, after all, is only epidermis deep, and it's there where we see the most change. New skin cells are constantly replacing the old, pushing off roughly 1.5 pounds of dead cells every year, and over time the epidermis slowly loses its ability to retain moisture or spring back into place, resulting in wrinkles, dryness, and other signs of wisdom gained.
One of skin?s most useful attributes is its regenerative ability. When the skin breaks or needs repair, the blood vessels amp into overdrive, carrying much-needed nutrients straight to the site on pallets of platelets. This is why a cut forms a scab and, oddly enough, why our face turns red when we're sunburned; the color isn't actually a burn?it's blood rushing to the face to repair the cellular damage caused by UV rays.
Twenty-year styling veteran and owner of Dre's Hair Salon Andre Aronica not only asserts artistic license over hair, but also the salon space itself—a custom-built, open-floor haven that spans 4,800 square feet. Alongside his stylists and aestheticians, Andre enacts contemporary hair, nail, and skin services that have snagged his business praise from publications such as 944 magazine and Salon Today. Armed with Featherlocks Extensions, Oribe hair serums, Dermalogica skincare, and other top-shelf products, the beautifiers dialogue with clients before erecting new 'dos tailored to faces, lifestyles, and one's desire to shield scalp-tattooed treasure maps from prying eyes.
Andre and his staff lavish the same attention on Mother Earth as they do on coifs. His salon enlists energy-efficient appliances, self-sustaining materials, and recycling habits to appease the environment. Upon entering the eco-friendly space, a red accent wall pops from its tan surroundings and slate floors give way to glossy hardwood, drenched with sunlight that seeps through windows in search of more natural-looking highlights.