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.
Makeup artist Marie Cutrer first discovered permanent makeup when looking for a way to hide a childhood scar. Inspired by the results, she decided to attend the Arizona Institute of Permanent Cosmetics and ditch her analog face paints. Marie learned how to skillfully and delicately apply permanent makeup, which landed her a job in Hawaii correcting the mistakes of inexperienced artists who favored the short-lived unibrow trend of the 1980s. Next, she enrolled in the holistic aesthetician program at Spa Luna, where she earned her aesthetics license while learning how to blend Ayurvedic, Eastern, and Western techniques. Marie's family soon brought her back to Arizona, where she attended the Physicians Skin Institute and added photofacials, tattoo removal, and acne and wrinkle treatments to her menu of services.
Marie now draws on 15 years of experience as she implants natural pigments into the dermis via microinsertion. In addition to filling in sparse eyebrows and lash lines, she indelibly dolls up clients with cosmetic allergies, visual limitations, or unsteady hands. While clients save time getting ready in the morning, they can also rest assured that their makeup won't smear, wear off, or evaporate into thin air.
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.
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.
Hair2O targets the latest trends in nail design, hair styling, skincare, and pampering using top-of-the-line products from Bed Head, Novella, and others. The expansive services at this full-service salon include everything from cuts and colors to waxing, facials, tanning, nails, body wraps, eyelash and hair extensions, and teeth whitening. Clients receive a cold or hot beverage and a free gift with every treatment.
Ragtops Day Spa & Salon’s trio of co-owners—Terry Braaten, Ginger Braaten, and Jeanne Dankerl—have an aesthetic sense honed by more than 80 years of collective experience and training from the likes of Vidal Sassoon, Koleston, and Redken. To pamper and beautify guests, they let their combined skill loose within a 4,100-square-foot hybrid salon and day spa. Yet to ensure that Ragtops Day Spa & Salon is an all-encompassing retreat, they keep an extended community of skilled, self-employed stylists and aestheticians within—most of which have been shearing locks or painting nails for more than two decades.
Raw talent isn’t the only thing that elevates Ragtops’ services. Hairstylists sharpen their tress transformations with products from brands such as Paul Mitchell and Redken, and Ginger relies on Coppola keratin treatments to straighten and relax hair that’s been stressed since hearing a tall tale about sentient clippers. Nail artists, meanwhile, draw from a palette of OPI polishes and CND acrylics and enhance pedicures with paraffin treatments. Although services vary according to the current staff, skincare experts cleanse pores with European facials and tackle more problematic skin with microdermabrasion, glycolic facials, and oxygen facials, and massage therapists banish aches with acupressure, Swedish, and Thai massages.