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.
At Scottsdale Skin Rejuvenation, experienced aestheticians Marguerite Mullins and Nicole Marchese draw from extensive backgrounds in skincare and holistic therapy to perform a range of anti-aging, rejuvenating skin treatments. In addition to body sculpting, the aestheticians offer massages, such as a detoxifying raindrop-therapy treatment infused with aromatic essential oils. The more intensive lastone therapy takes its inspiration from traditional Asian massages, targeting sore muscle groups with smooth heated and chilled stones. There are also a number of invigorating facial treatments available, including hydration facials that employ pomegranate and noni to clean pores and fight sun damage.
Avalon Spa & Nails' extremity-care professionals help clients evade worries with customized, soothing spa services. Using sterilized and sanitized tools, a nail technician will trim, shape, and buff nails, leaving hands and feet feeling refreshed and less covered in brittle peanut-butter remnants. After the cleaning, choose a polish color or have digits buffed until they reach high levels of gleam. If you opt to apply the Groupon toward other services, you can choose a signature spa manicure ($25), which adds an exfoliating sugar scrub, a hand and arm massage, and a hot-towel compression to the traditional service, or choose from a panoply of pelt-removing options, including bikini waxing ($40), upper-lip waxing ($12), and arm waxing ($40).
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.
Since opening its doors, LaserAway has accumulated 18 California locations and the patronage of celebrities such as the Kardashian clan. At different settings, the clinic's state-of-the-art lasers can treat signs of sun damage, tattoos, body hair, and glued-on glam-rock wigs with comfort and efficiency. The clinic's medical professionals are all fully licensed to administer laser pulses, and fully glad to educate clients on the intricacies of skincare.
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+).