Though it has swivel salon chairs, numerous hair products, and a team of stylists, Blow Dry Bar by Kimberly is not a traditional hair salon; rather, it focuses exclusively on styling?not cutting or coloring?hair. Clients relax in the sleek white swivel chairs under a crystal chandelier as stylists perform services such as blowouts, updos, and deep-conditioning treatments using Enjoy Professional Hair Care sulfate-free products. They also offer keratin treatments, which make frizzy tendrils straight and smoother than the greatest pickup line ever: ?There?s nobody else I?d rather be with during the zombie apocalypse.?
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.
Flames in the fireplace roar as strands fall from shears wielded by the talented staff at Noel Pereira Hair Studio & Spa. Before cuts, clients can relax at reclining shampoo bowls as a staff member thoroughly washes their hair. After treatments, clients can enjoy the styling powers of pull-down blow dryers. In addition to its services, the salon puts care into its clients' experience by offering high-tech amenities such as WiFi, surround-sound speakers, and flat-screen televisions. And to create a calming atmosphere, the decor features indoor trees and butter-colored walls, with warm track lighting hanging from high ceilings.
Visitors to Artistic Appearances transform at the fingertips of master colorist Carolina Zamora, who specializes in women's color and men's haircuts. Driven and passionate, Carolina kicked off her career by apprenticing for two years. Then, she cut men's hair under internationally acclaimed master stylists for two more years, and after that studied color under renowned Schwarzkopf colorist Misael Aponte. Much of Carolina's wisdom, therefore, comes from the world's follicular wizards and her own hard work, but she also calls upon her intuition and her natural wellspring of artistic talent. When she's designing a new look, Carolina considers the individual's personality, skin tone, and even lifestyle.
Kohler Academy provides quality education for hairstylists and skin therapists on the rise, with a student salon and spa that offers instructor-supervised services at tip-free, competitive rates. The academy uses Bumble and bumble, Dermalogica, Creative Nail Design, bareMinerals, and Joico products, pampering clients like baby kangaroos swathed inside their mother's Gucci purse. Salon services include skull-bramble reshaping in the form of haircuts ($15–$20) and single-palette color ($30–$45), to name just a few. The spa menu offers the tonal transformation of airbrush tanning (full body, $27 per session), facials ($40), microdermabrasion ($50), and waxing ($10–$50) to clear bodily gardens of unwanted weed growth. Standard manicures cost $15, while pedicures are $20 a pop (nail art and French manicures and pedicures are available for an additional fee). Each cosmetology student at Kohler has more than 300 hours of education beneath his or her headband, while skin-therapy students must have more than 150 hours before performing services on the public and contestants in the Indiana State Fair prize-pumpkin contest. Kohler Academy offers extended hours to accommodate most schedules. The state-of-the-art facility houses 64 salon stations, eight treatment rooms, eight nail stations, and one Stargate that inexplicably leads to the Starship Enterprise.
Simple elegance reigns at Canyon Falls Spa & Salon, where stately columns and marble floors mark the 10,000-square-foot, earth-toned space. Since its 2004 founding, the spa has won praise and honors for its trained staff's attention to detail. These experts augment their skills with the facility's cache of products from brands such as Kerastase, SkinCeuticals, and Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup. Certified in WELLA professional color and Master Hair Extension Specialists the salon also stocks the finest 100% human hair extensions.
Across the space, boutiques called The Hair Extension Company and Enhance! outfit shoppers in longer locks and stylish apparel, respectively.