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.
Carlie Marie’s Esthetics’ licensed aesthetician bolsters beauty with permanent makeup that sets up shop on faces without vamoosing for years. During the appointment, the steady-handed makeup artist implants natural pigments into the dermal layer, enhancing visages with a burst of complexion-complementing color that won’t wash off in the shower or in the errant spray of a hydrant filled with cold cream. Permanent cosmetics revolutionize morning routines by saving precious clicks of the minute hand, and the treatment is ideal for clients with cosmetic allergies or skin sensitivity. The long-lasting color gradually softens over time, and customers generally require a touch up after 2–8 years or 3,000 miles.
Unless you were secretly cloned by your parents, your face is unique. Thus, proper skin care requires a personalized touch—the kind provided by certified aesthetician Courtney Odom. At the Southwest Institute, she learned to tailor her services to each individual's skin tone and features. These customized treatments—performed in her private studio—vary in intensity, ranging from refreshing facials to microdermabrasions. Clients can also schedule a waxing session to clear away unwanted body hair.
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.