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.
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 Sunset Nails, digits go through a pampering regimen of soaks, massages, buffing, and polishing amid an array of treatments. The signature manicures and pedicures include paraffin dips and exfoliating sea-salt or sugar scrubs, and the ultra spa pedicure takes flight in whirlpool spa chairs and lands 35 minutes later with a hot-stone massage. Nail technicians also stock and apply a host of gel and acrylic nails. But the staff tends to more than just nails; permanent makeup technicians accentuate eyes, brows, and lips with cosmetics that negate the need for touchups every morning or every time "We Are the World" comes on the radio.
In the cozy fluff of luxurious pedicure chairs, clients of all ages can bypass the usual process of nail-biting to have their nails professionally trimmed and coated within the soothing spa confines of Lo-Ann Nails. Deft technicians tend to feet, melt away tension with hot stones, and soften skin textures with paraffin wax, all in addition to the typical regimen of nail shaping and polishing. Savvy clients can select from a variety of polishes, and kids can coordinate their nail color with weekly horoscopes during sessions designed specifically for youngsters.