Whether she?s enhancing the come-hither stares of doctors, models, or the wives of Arizona Cardinals players, Shawn Geranen believes in giving everyone the star treatment. Complimentary aromatherapy and chocolate await each patron the moment they arrive and help ease them into blissful states of relaxation for the duration of their stays. Using extensions by Xtreme Lashes, Shawn's staff outfits eyes with the same synthetic strands that have plumped up the lash lines of celebrities such as Ashley Greene, Kelly Rowland, and AnnaLynne McCord. The water-resistant extensions are both comfortable and natural-looking, making them a perfect choice for weddings and proms, and lashes may be further enhanced with colored highlights or lash crystals.
When she isn?t busy creating more winsome winks, Shawn stays busy by offering a slate of waxing services and by freshening faces with her other specialty?airbrush makeup. Using an airbrush gun, she carefully applies liquid foundations made from pigmented minerals, creating perfectly blend-able bases that leave faces looking flawless in photos and surveillance tapes. The lightweight formula doesn?t just look good; it also feels great on the skin and can last up to 16 hours, making it a great option for special occasions.
Just a Tease recently underwent its own beauty transformation when the boutique salon was revamped with a darker color palette, more Zen-inspired decor, and even a new name, Salon Beauremy. But even though the beauty haven's image has changed, its staff's dedication to providing custom hair and skin services has not wavered. In fact, the center's stylists still reach for high-quality haircare products, such as sulfate-free Enjoy and sensitivity-friendly HBL products, as they style freshly trimmed and colored tresses. In the spa area, aestheticians enhance facials with skin-clearing products from PCA Skin, Circadia, and Janssen, and use mineral cosmetics from GloMineral and Advanced Mineral Makeup to enhance facial features with perfectly matched foundations and eye shadows. And to cater to all their patients, they offer a variety of specialized facials that prevent and treat skin conditions with cutting-edge skincare treatments such as microcurrent facial toning, epidermal leveling, and oxygen-infused facials. On the way out, beauty-goers can peruse the salon's updated art and clothing boutique stocked with apparel and accessories from Tigerlily, and framed with original artwork from local artist Renee Bau.
It begins with a facial massage with MMIV shave oil, creating a protective barrier and conditioning the skin with Vitamin E. Next, warm towels open pores, soften scruff, and relax muscles without the adverse and downright weird affects of a horse tranquilizer. Finally, hand-whipped MMIV shave cream coats jawlines, another product packed with Vitamin E as well as green tea. This process comprises just the preliminary steps for an Ultimate Shave at M.U.G. Men's Ultimate Grooming. Once faces are prepped, specially trained barbers shave with, and then against, the grain. Then, they wrap smooth faces in a cool towel before spreading on moisturizer like butter on a dry Thanksgiving turkey—but without Grams and Aunt Carol watching closely.
All of the MMIV products are exclusive to M.U.G. Its masterminds spent almost a decade formulating them specifically for the Ultimate Shave, making sure each held an ample amount of conditioning Vitamin E. The staff, which also cuts and colors hair, trusts in the products so fully that they'll give you a refund if the MMIV line doesn't deliver the closest shave since Napoleon bear-crawled away from Waterloo, sobbing into his epaulets.
Artists are only as good as their tools, which is why the stylists at Ruffled Feathers Studio keep their toolboxes stuffed with haircare products from Pureology, TIGI, Keratin Complex, and Goldwell. Whether stylists are working with men, women, or children, they can add depth and dimension to manes with partial and full highlights or elongate coifs with extensions made from real hair, feathers, and tinsel. The studio’s nail technicians also reach for high-end products from Gelish, Minx, OPI, and CND during mani-pedis, and a full stock of Glad Lash extensions gives eyelids the wind power they need to give their paper airplane an edge over the competition.
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.
Host Sharon Cooper-Lashley has trained with such celebrity stylists as Patric Bradley and Taliah Waajid, and in the first Annual Divas of Colour Hair & Beauty Show she brings together some of Arizona's rising stars in creative hair and makeup. They may all share a passion for transforming people into walking works of art, but it's not all buddy-buddy?it's a competition. The artists vie for top honors in categories such as Natural Hair, which bans chemical straighteners; Fantasy Hair, which is open to more imaginative possibilities; the Barber Battle, a lightning-round for elaborate fades and designs; and the Make-Up contest, which transforms models into high-concept fantasy beings.