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.
Relax, Breathe and Heal is a full-service beauty spa that aims to relax and refresh its clients in a soothing setting. Brazilian bikini waxes help customers strut confidently in swimsuits and bottom-less formal wear. Meanwhile, muscle-melting deep tissue massages help relieve chronic tension from the entire body. Fingers and toes receive size-appropriate pampering during a spa mani-pedi, while other services include lash tinting, microdermabrasion treatment, and even eyebrow threading.
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.