Situated in a vintage home that pays homage to years past with its baroque mirrors and antique furnishings, Vanity on Mill Hair Gallery & Spa seems like a strange place to seek out youth. The salon’s charmingly out-of-date decor, however, belies a mission to promote wrinkle-free complexions and hairstyles that radiate hipness.
It’s one thing to be in tune with the times, but Vanity on Mill’s stylists go a step further. They begin all of their cuts with informal consultations, during which they gauge each client’s personality before devising a style to match. The aestheticians and massage therapists share this concern for custom treatments, drawing from an extensive menu to find the right fit for acne-prone skin or strained muscles. The salon also infuses skin with bronze hues courtesy of UV-free spray tans, eliminating the need to awkwardly hug one of the Sun Devils attending classes across the street.
Pink- and salmon-colored walls, saffron accents, and verdant plants contribute to the Southwest and Latin atmosphere that pervades The Saguaro Spa. Amid regional wood and leather furniture, candles in tin holders, and folk art, therapists lead guests into partitioned or private treatment rooms to perform spa services inspired by the healing traditions and history of the desert. They stroke guests' backs using pressure-point and relaxation-massage techniques, often adding heated stones or wild-desert-herb compresses to melt tension. During body-wrap treatments, aestheticians swaddle bodies in organic, Southwest-inspired botanicals such as lime and aloe or chilis and chocolate.
Aestheticians also rejuvenate busy patrons with 30-minute mini treatments such as a prickly-pear sugar scrub and an orange-blossom neck massage. When they?re not soothing skin and faces, staffers can be found leading guests and gnomes in open-air yoga classes that take place amid cool breezes in an adjacent garden.
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.
At Remington's Restaurant, the filet mignon isn't just grilled to order?it's grilled over mesquite coals, whose smoke imbues the meat with extra flavor. The same coals cook the New Zealand rack of lamb, as well as tender pork chops glazed in prickly pear barbecue sauce. The steakhouse serves fresh seafood, too. Cedar planks salmon are painted in a maple mustard glaze, and broiled lobster can be used for games of Pin the Tail On the Crustacean out on the patio. Many of these meals are scored by live music. Local nightclub pianist Rags Allen often plays, along with other well-known jazz artists.
In addition to being an advanced structural integrator, a licensed massage therapist, and an aesthetician, Peggy Richards takes part in continuing-education programs, including training from the Guild for Structural Integration. An Arizona native, Peggy has been providing wellness therapy since 1987, has worked with NFL athletes, and also serves as a make-up artist for the film industry.
As the owner of SpaMassage For You, Neal Kirsch leads a team of skilled spa technicians who subdue pain and grant a much-needed sanctuary from daily stress. His licensed massage therapists mend aching sinews with techniques that span Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger-point, and sports modalities.