The telltale buzzing of tattoo guns pervades the air at Alley Kat Tattoo’s studio, where skilled artists have emblazoned skin with Celtic symbols, graffiti, military insignias, and mythological art for nearly two decades. The artists eschew pretension in favor of a casual, hygienic environment that makes even first-timers feel like habitual inkers as they excitedly convey their ideas during consultations. When they aren’t putting their spin on classic designs such as dragons and portraits of Grover Cleveland, the artists accent eye areas and lips with subtle cosmetic tattoos that act as permanent makeup.
Master stylist Ann Hughes draws from a continuously updated arsenal of beautifying techniques, brandishing products from MoroccanOil and Pureology to sculpt contemporary coifs. Tress overhauls begin with a custom cut that frames faces and face-tattooed family portraits. Aesthetically antiquated 'dos submit to the deft fingers and singing cartoon shears of stylists, emerging as a trendy new cuts. MoroccanOil, infused with antioxidants, vitamins, and UV protectors, permeates freshly shorn strands, conditioning hair from root to tip amid J Salon's earth tones and floral accents.
Julian Luna and Jim Le opened J Salon in 2006, and have since built up a team of experienced stylists with specialties ranging from Japanese thermal straightening to full-on makeovers. With products from Bumble and bumble and Moroccanoil in tow, they revamp looks with highlights, cuts, and full colors or touchups. Their expertise led the staff to enter a “hair wars” competition, a runway show designed to display the creativity of Phoenix area hair stylists. Along with hair care, J Salon helps clients get rid of the hair they don’t want with lip and eyebrow waxing services.
Our bodies are constantly subjected to the stresses of work, family, and clingy shadows, so the staff at Color Me Bella Spa and Salon works hard to ensure clients look and feel their best. Stylists transform tresses with cut and coloring treatments and aestheticians swiftly remove fuzz from brows during waxing sessions. In addition to hair services, clients can opt for a mani-pedi or botanical facial, or retreat to a private room for a therapeutic hot stone massage at the hands of the spa's licensed massage therapist.
At Star Nails, the décor is simple: the walls display no art, the shelves cradle no plants, and the white color scheme offers only a splash of feminine pink. At this salon, the focus is on the clients, and the space ensures their comfort with eight cushy pedicure chairs and 11 manicure stations equipped with stately leather seating. Besides refining digits with colorful coats of polish, aestheticians also uproot unwanted hair with applications of warm wax, leaving swimsuit zones spotless and eyebrows shaped into either clean arches or a favorite punctuation mark.
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.