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.
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.
Brillare Hairdressing Academy's cosmetology center teaches future coif carvers multiple cutting techniques and product knowledge while encouraging endless experimentation. Under the close eye of an experienced hairologist, student stylists trim, tease, and color mop tops to fit each client's requests without breaking their wallets, holding their piggy banks hostage, or pick-pocketing their pocketfuls of chocolate coins. Beauty-seekers looking to revamp their visages can peruse the menu of tendril-beautifying treatments, such as a haircut with style ($12 or $10 with any chemical service) to clean up scraggly strands or a special-occasion hairstyle ($25+) for an elegant updo. Brillare's brood of style-savvy mane tamers also decorates tresses with an array of coloring services that include full highlights ($45+), perms ($25+), single-process coloring ($35+), and bleaching ($30+).
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.