Jude and Candace both graduated from Toni&Guy Academy in 2003, with Candace going on to work as a cosmetology educator in San Francisco. Now the sisters have drawn on their 18 years of experience to kick up new salon turf in Tempe. While clients relax in cozy Foxtail chairs, Jude and Candace can tailor new hairstyles to clients’ wishes or rewire strands with Paul Mitchell–brand styling products.
In the United States, the most eye-catching part of a bride's hands is typically her wedding ring, but in India, it's her mehendi—also known as henna body art. Once reserved for special occasions, the intricate swirl and flower designs of henna can now grace the hands and feet of anyone who stops in at The Henna Shoppe. There, a talented staff embellishes limbs with traditional henna designs using a temporary ink, which dyes skin a dark, reddish-brown color that fully develops over 24 hours. The artists can also draw simple designs, such as calculus test answers, or test out permanent tattoo ideas with the same ink.
The team also uses its steady, dexterous hands to oust unwanted facial hairs with thin cotton threads. Performing a twisting motion, the aestheticians lasso and remove fuzz on the upper lip, eyebrows, chin, and other areas of the face. To complement its beauty treatments, The Henna Shoppe also sells handmade skirts, scarves, and accessories made by local craftsmen from throughout the world.
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.
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.
Inside Vivaldi Salon Suites, all the coiffeurs are master stylists and master colorists, with an average of 10 years of experience. Along with the estheticians, make-up artists, and nail technicians, they are also their own bosses and set their own schedules and pamper guests from inside their own suites. The beauty entrepreneurs expertly dispense their mastery skills that include face-framing highlights, refreshing facials, permanent eyeliner applications, acrylic nails, and quickie tans without the need for the sun or a vat of melted pennies.
Nestled in downtown Tempe, Indulge & Co. transforms tresses with high-end products by Design Essentials, Paul Mitchell, and Mizani. Clients can request a sleek new cut with elegant highlights, or banish unflattering hair from brow outskirts with a signature waxing session. Indulge also offers a dynamic menu of protein-and-oil treatments to fortify and rejuvenate manes.