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.
Since filing and buffing the nails of its first client about 15 years ago, Magen Nails? experienced staff has remained dedicated to creating a relaxing space in which patrons can unwind. Amid welcoming pink walls, the friendly crew can be found gussying up weary hands and feet with a slew of nail services. Patrons getting pampered at the manicure stations can gaze at the spa?s flat-screen TV or bustling aquarium as aestheticians apply glossy polish or apply sets of acrylic nails. Nearby, white pedicure chairs cradle guests as their feet rest in the soothing waters of attached basins after a long, blurry night of running through the woods under a full moon. Along with precision-driven polish applications, Magen Nails? staff further enhances appearances with additional services that range from face and body waxing to installing eyelash extensions.
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 The salon’s charmingly out-of-date decor, however, belies a mission to promote wrinkle-free complexions and hairstyles that radiate hipness.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.
Twenty-seven years. That’s how long Noelle has been grooming and decorating hands and feet. Somewhere in there, she also found time to earn a master’s certificate in gel nails from Creative Nail Design. Within the teal-walled studio, she shapes and adds length to fingertips with Brisa Gel, matching the color to each client’s nails for a natural look. She also fortifies tips with Gelish, a gel-polish hybrid that shimmers chip-free for up to approximately two weeks.
Noelle is also pretty zealous about cleanliness. For example, she shapes each client’s nails with a new file and uses pipeless footbaths with sanitary liners during pedicures. As an added bonus, she offers complimentary repairs if clients break a nail while drumming fingers on a tabletop or shaking hands with a strongman.
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.
Licensed body experts at All Hands On Deck Massage & Nail Spa warm up weary muscles and appendages with gentle body treatments. Licensed massage therapists can spark circulation with customized sessions in trigger-point touch and reflexology. The spa’s nail services swathe cuticles in full sets of color, invigorating hands and feet with heated paraffin wax and hot desert stones. As parents get pampered, children relax in a playroom where they can watch episodes of Dora the Explorer and the scene from Doctor Zhivago where Elmo teaches Yuri words that begin with “C.”