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.
Brandi Nuttall, the owner of Dolce Salon & Spa, must believe that you can never have too much of a good thing. Expanding upon her first and second Dolce locations, which measure in at 12,000 and 13,000 square feet, respectively, she opened the third hub in 2007, and now there is a fourth. The 30,000-square-foot behemoth built in 2007 houses 62 styling stations, 21 spa rooms, 14 pedicure thrones, a makeup counter, a brow bar, and manicure stations. All four locations boast the same services—though at different scales—as well as men’s hair and spa treatments and bridal styling. Unlike hotels that charge extra for doorknobs and oxygen, the salons have a generous streak. They provide hairstyling services to those who donate to Locks of Love, spa services to local foster children, and hair clippings to areas affected by oil spills.
Rumors Salon's services range from head to toe, and occasionally to gizzard, spleen, and splanchnic ganglion. Shaggy skulls can trust in Rumors' shears to slice and style their locks with a standard haircut ($45 and up, including styling). Otherwise, keep the length and add the strength with a soaking shampoo and styling ($30 and up). Huge life moments such as weddings, proms, and acquisitions of giant inflatable gorillas require the extra touch of an event styling ($65 and up). For more everyday upkeep, a manicure ($25 and up) and pedicure ($45 and up) will keep your hand-toes and foot-fingers from resorting to extremity extremism.
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.
As a former model and commercial actress, Helena Fortuna knows what it takes to look beautiful and stylish. She combines her experience in front of the camera with more than 25 years of experience behind the camera to primp and preen clients at Sweet9 Hair Salon. She offers a variety of salon services, from basic cuts and styles in the current trends for women, men, and kids to ombre color and Brazilian blowouts.