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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.