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 firework-like splotches of red and black 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.
Seven days a week, Darque Tan's clients can bronze their bodies with the more than 20 tanning beds and spray-tan booths lining each of Darque Tan’s 100 salons across the US. Each location's tanners are kept highly sanitized, undergoing a 50-point cleaning inspection by a separate cleaning staff to ensure all of the tanning beds, both stand-up and lie-down, and UV-free Mystic Tan booths remain in tip-top tanning shape. Clients new to tanning or bronzing up for a special occasion can work on a personalized tanning game plan crafted by one of Darque Tan’s knowledgeable staffers, each of whom must pass a detailed training program before hitting the salon floor. Most Darque Tan salons also boast a Kid Zone, which provides a safe haven for youngsters to wait, watching TV shows, reading a book, or using their imagination to grow a tail and chase it.
Few women enjoy climbing out of a cozy bed to blearily begin their daily beauty regimen. Licensed medical aesthetician Andrea Sandoval helps clients reclaim their REM hours with her menu of permanent-makeup services. Using a blend of cosmetic pigments crafted from natural ingredients, Andrea carefully applies deft shades to the dermal layer of the skin to create makeup that won’t rub away when swimming, sleeping, or checking to see if the water hose is clogged. She can enhance brows to add definition to the face’s overall appearance, add a lush darkness to lash lines, or emphasize lips’ plumpness. Andrea can also blend the natural pigments to match skin tone, seamlessly masking complexion imperfections once and for all.
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 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.