Elegant chandeliers cast low-light on the salon's hardwood floors, decorative mirrors, and sleek photos of Marilyn Monroe. Amid these cozy accents, skilled stylists manipulate hair with voluminous layers and high-end color products by Kenra. Guests may also request a makeup and updo consultation for a special event, such as a wedding, birthday, or bull fight.
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.
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.
Located in the luxurious West 6 Towers near ASU, Angela Colson crafts clients' looks with her hair styling and color expertise. Drawing on an intrinsic knowledge of color, texture, thickness, and fashion, Angela works with her clients to sculpt tresses to their distinct needs. Extensions, Brazilian blowouts, and scalp massages are also available, as well as hair-removing wax services.
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.
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.