Occasionally, Mood Swings Aveda Salon and Skin Spa moonlights as a studio. Sometimes camera-toting members of the media stop by to check out this season’s trends or new hair products. Other times, models strut or flutter from imaginary wind gusts during Urban Tribe and other fashion photo shoots. Perhaps most importantly, Mood Swings periodic studio space hosts educational seminars for its talented team of stylists, who learn advanced tips in coloring and other techniques from Aveda professional instructors.
This commitment to the art and science of hair justifies Arizona Foothills magazine selecting Mood Swings Aveda Salon and Skin Spa as its best salon of 2011. The praise coincides with that from AZCentral.com, which named Mood Swings Best Trendy Salon for “translating cool, avant-garde styles into wearable, everyday looks.” Stylists craft these looks with natural, plant-based products from Aveda, and supplement the service with pampering that can include a complimentary scalp massage, hand facial, and finishing touches to clients’ makeup. A comprehensive services menu treats the entire body, ranging from natural skin products that rejuvenate complexions to pedicures that soothe feet with a dual-jet therapeutic whirlpool after unsuccessful attempts to walk barefoot across a hot charcoal grill.
Kalologie 360 Spa's expert beauty gurus offer a first-class selection of pampering services, earning the franchise a spot on Elle magazine's 2008 list of Top 10 Beauty Boutiques. The staff exfoliates faces with more than 10 varieties of facials and peels, using the boutique's own line of products custom formulated from medical-grade ingredients free of parabens and sulfates. Therapists also treat clients with massage modalities such as Swedish and deep-tissue, as well as waxing treatments that use specially formulated hard and soft wax for all areas of the body.
All of European Wax Center's waxing services are performed using the center's exclusive hard wax. This wax, made in Paris from pure, all-natural beeswax, is designed to evict even the toughest brow brush, while caressing skin as gently as a feather tickling a feather. During an eyebrow wax, skin is thoroughly cleaned, a soothing oil is applied, hairs (one-quarter of an inch minimum length) are plucked, and a post-treatment coating of either ingrown-hair serum or body lotion encourages skin revival. This deal also includes a 20% discount on all retail items, and first-time guests receive a free eyebrow, underarm, or bikini-line waxing, with the option of upgrading to a Brazilian bikini wax for $19.50.
Berry Berry Beauty Skincare's aesthetician, Leslee, began her career as a makeup artist, but her desire to help her clients look their best inspired her to master even more aesthetic services. Her skincare treatments nourish epidermal layers with blueberry extracts, soymilk, tea-tree oils, avocado, or citrus, as well as organic products by ?minence Organic or Skinceuticals. Waxing and microdermabrasion also help refine profiles by leaving skin smooth and evenly textured. In addition to treating clients at Berry Berry, which is located inside Sachi Salon & Spa, Leslee also keeps her skills sharp by assisting a local plastic surgeon and practicing chemical peels on department-store mannequins.
Olimpia Nandin has studied hair since she was 16 and traveled the world before coming back to her Arizona hairstyling roots. All this experience has given her a knack for creating just the look her clients want. When working with clients, she takes all aspects of their look into account—their features, lifestyle, and personality—and only then does she take scissors to their hair. In addition to haircuts, Olimpia keeps current with the best hair-coloring practices and specializes in Japanese strengthening techniques to ensure hair can still bench-press hair clippings. Olimpia works out of Sachi Salon & Spa’s sprawling 12,000-square-foot facility, complete with warm, earth-toned tiles, woodgrain cabinetry, and individual stylist stations.
Sachi Salon & Spa is a sprawling 12,000-square-foot, three-story salon and spa where a team of 95 technicians work at 48 stations, in 12 private treatment rooms, or at a full-service skin and nail department. The staff uses products from L?Oreal, SkinCeuticals, and Napoleon Perdis to enhance beauty during treatments. While clients await such services as haircuts and colors, body waxing, and massage, they can sip warm drinks at the coffee bar and shop fine jewelry and other merchandise inside a boutique.