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 The salon’s charmingly out-of-date decor, however, belies a mission to promote wrinkle-free complexions and hairstyles that radiate hipness.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.
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.
The soothing sound of bubbling water emanates from the pedicure footbaths along the wall at Nice Nails, where nails are the staff's specialty. The technicians gloss tips with traditional or long-lasting Shellac polish and treat clients seeking pedicures to a hot-stone massage. Mani-pedis can be enhanced with add-ons that slough away dead skin or seal in moisture more effectively than wearing sandwich bags as socks.
Several years ago, aesthetician Carlotta Clark noticed that the best beauty products had the highest price tags. Frustrated by the fact that extreme prices marginalized many consumers, Clark opened Skinplicity LaNeese to provide affordable and effective beauty treatments. Before performing any service, Clark evaluates each client's skin and develops a personalized skincare program that may include dermaplaning, TCA peels, or facials. Then, Clark elucidates the services and expected outcomes, all while answering questions and telling knock-knock jokes. During her signature detoxifying facial, Carlotta harnesses the powers of enzymes and galvanic currents to simultaneously resurface skin and regenerate cells.
The aestheticians at Innovation Skin Care believe healthy and glowing skin begins with regular exfoliation. They perform more than 70 different facials—all with a healthy dose of scrubbing—as well as professional enzyme peels, which dissolve the dirt, dead cells, and traces of last year’s Halloween candy that sully skin’s surface. The office’s sleek black shelves are lined with dozens of serums from Rhonda Allison, a professional skincare line that relies heavily on natural acids to gently exfoliate skin.