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 The salon’s charmingly out-of-date decor, however, belies a mission to promote wrinkle-free complexions and hairstyles that radiate hipness.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.
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.
Naturopathic Medical practice focusing on acupuncture combined with energy healing for a relaxing treatment. Release stress and set your intention for your healing. Receive an individualized session with aromatherapy and essences of flowers specifically chosen for you to help you on your healing path.
Led by Doctors of Chiropractic David Merchant and Anthony Gross, a team of chiropractors and licensed massage therapists uses their wellness expertise to help clients prevent injuries and illness. The staff—which includes a certified chiropractic sports physician and clinicians with hundreds of hours of postgraduate training in areas such as neurology, nutrition, and orthopedics—employs the latest physiological therapies and rehabilitation equipment to restore and maintain health. They aim to alleviate pain with spinal-decompression treatments, cold laser light therapy, and four types of therapeutic massage that ease tension built up while waiting to read the last chapter of a mystery novel.
Narande Spa wants to know who you are. That's because, due to the diversity of the spa's services, its massage therapists and aestheticians can do a better job when they understand what their clients' lifestyles are like. Case in point: the spa's 15 distinct massage treatments, which range from a golfer’s massage that targets golf-specific muscles to a desert-stone-therapy treatment that removes the cactus prickles that people who don't drink enough water eventually develop. Aestheticians play the same game, choosing from vitamin-C facials and mineral-rich marine water facials, among others, depending on whether they're treating wrinkles, dryness, or another skin woe.
The treatments are appealing enough, but small touches make visits to the spa even more enticing. Clients don soft robes and slippers upon arrival, and throughout their treatments, they can munch on food from the Market Cafe—located, like the spa, within The Buttes hotel.
Each of the guitar coaches at American Guitar Academy are certified in the school’s signature teaching method. Developed over 25 years, this house-honed instruction technique incorporates scientific research to help fingers learn to shred frets up to eight times faster than alternative methods. During private half-hour lessons, instructors guide budding rock stars aged 4 years and up through the basics of strumming chords and seamlessly stitching together riffs. These comprehensive lessons on classical, electric, or acoustic guitars are offered once a week with a live instructor or online and guarantee that students will be playing their favorite music within six months of training. Students may begin lessons without owning a guitar, but are encouraged to gain access to one quickly for mastering scales and the ability to solo with their teeth.