Occasionally, Mood Swings Aveda Salon and Skin Spa moonlights as a studio. Sometimes camera-toting members of the media stop by to check out this season’s trends or new hair products. Other times, models strut or flutter from imaginary wind gusts during Urban Tribe and other fashion photo shoots. Perhaps most importantly, Mood Swings periodic studio space hosts educational seminars for its talented team of stylists, who learn advanced tips in coloring and other techniques from Aveda professional instructors.
This commitment to the art and science of hair justifies Arizona Foothills magazine selecting Mood Swings Aveda Salon and Skin Spa as its best salon of 2011. The praise coincides with that from AZCentral.com, which named Mood Swings Best Trendy Salon for “translating cool, avant-garde styles into wearable, everyday looks.” Stylists craft these looks with natural, plant-based products from Aveda, and supplement the service with pampering that can include a complimentary scalp massage, hand facial, and finishing touches to clients’ makeup. A comprehensive services menu treats the entire body, ranging from natural skin products that rejuvenate complexions to pedicures that soothe feet with a dual-jet therapeutic whirlpool after unsuccessful attempts to walk barefoot across a hot charcoal grill.
At Salon 7000, high-end products from Matrix, Cirepil, and Living Proof (Jennifer Aniston?s new line) are just half the story. The friendly, talented stylists are the real draw, because they?re the ones who know how to customize each service depending on the client?s personal requests. They begin every service with a thorough consultation, inquiring about the client?s lifestyle and look preferences before offering thoughtful input. The list of available services is lengthy yet fully focused on hair, from keratin treatments and bridal updos to full-body waxes performed in a cozy golden room.
Stark, white walls bursting with red decor welcome clients to the salon. After signing in at the chrome desk and lounging on black leather couches, clients stroll into the wood-accented salon area and dangle their tresses into black sinks while levitating or reclining on cushy, red, leather chairs.
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 The salon’s charmingly out-of-date decor, however, belies a mission to promote wrinkle-free complexions and hairstyles that radiate hipness.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.
At Blondies Salon/Body, pampering begins the minute clients walk in the door and they?re handed complimentary cups of coffee or glasses of water. Once thirst is defeated, experienced stylists use Redken products to help men, women, and children achieve fresh new dos that compliment their lifestyles and superhero alter egos. Blondies' resident aesthetician draws upon seven years of experience when beautifying skin during cleansing facials, peels, and waxing treatments. Elsewhere, Blondies? meticulous nail tech amplifies high fives with classic manicures or treats keratin with gel polish, which delivers color that lasts up to five weeks.
The students at Carsten Institute of Cosmetology prettify clients? hair and faces under the watchful eyes of supervisors. They perform the salon?s signature service?French-style haircuts?while clients stand up, which better predicts how the hair will hang during traffic-court-sentencing hearings. The aestheticians-in-training also wax excess hair from the brow, bikini area, and back, among other body areas, and tint existing strands on eyelashes or brows. During facials, they pamper skin using natural, high-end products that correspond to specialty-treatment goals, such as combating signs of aging, lifting dark spots, or calming acne.
At Wink Beauty, there's only one type of service: eyelash extensions. This singular approach is due to the owner's obsession with lashes. After years of experimenting with formulas and techniques, she finally found the right combination to unlock perfect lashes. Specialists in her studio spend about two hours adhering synthetic fibers individually to each lash, with the aim of creating a natural look. The curved, faux strands come in varying lengths and thickness, and should be replenished every 2–3 weeks or 5,000th game of peekaboo.