At Salon 7000, high-end products from Matrix, Cirepil, and Living Proof (Jennifer Aniston?s new line) are just half the story. The friendly, talented stylists are the real draw, because they?re the ones who know how to customize each service depending on the client?s personal requests. They begin every service with a thorough consultation, inquiring about the client?s lifestyle and look preferences before offering thoughtful input. The list of available services is lengthy yet fully focused on hair, from keratin treatments and bridal updos to full-body waxes performed in a cozy golden room.
Stark, white walls bursting with red decor welcome clients to the salon. After signing in at the chrome desk and lounging on black leather couches, clients stroll into the wood-accented salon area and dangle their tresses into black sinks while levitating or reclining on cushy, red, leather chairs.
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 The salon’s charmingly out-of-date decor, however, belies a mission to promote wrinkle-free complexions and hairstyles that radiate hipness.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.
Henna artists accent the newly minted skin with ornately crafted floral patterns and designs. With henna cones in hand, they weave images that vary in detail, from simple yet striking dragonflies and Ankh symbols to larger and more elaborate illustrations of elephants, rabbits, and trees. Ceremonial henna tattoos decorate bodies with a reddish brown ink that's believed to bring good luck. Customers can further enhance their features at the hands of threading artists, who brandish strands of thin cotton to meticulously shape eyebrows and remove unwanted facial hair. The process is quicker and gentler than traditional waxing, allowing patrons to stop by whenever they're on lunch or have placed an identically dressed mannequin at their desk.
Seven days a week, Darque Tan's clients can bronze their bodies with the more than 20 tanning beds and spray-tan booths lining each of Darque Tan’s 100 salons across the US. Each location's tanners are kept highly sanitized, undergoing a 50-point cleaning inspection by a separate cleaning staff to ensure all of the tanning beds, both stand-up and lie-down, and UV-free Mystic Tan booths remain in tip-top tanning shape. Clients new to tanning or bronzing up for a special occasion can work on a personalized tanning game plan crafted by one of Darque Tan’s knowledgeable staffers, each of whom must pass a detailed training program before hitting the salon floor. Most Darque Tan salons also boast a Kid Zone, which provides a safe haven for youngsters to wait, watching TV shows, reading a book, or using their imagination to grow a tail and chase it.
A spa is never greater than the sum of its parts. It takes a team of aestheticians, massage therapists, and stylists to carry out the services that keep clients beautiful, relaxed, and healthy. At Fuzion Skin & Body, this truth reflects the staff's belief in a holistic, integrated approach?making each service as much about wellness as beauty. The spa?s facials, for example, improve both the health and appearance of skin with custom cleansing, exfoliation, and masks, while sessions of reiki, reflexology, and other body treatments help balance energy and remove toxins. Of course, Fuzion Skin & Body offers purely aesthetic services such as sugaring, too, promoting wellness by helping clients avoid the impulse to cover their bodies with glitter glue.
Twenty-seven years. That’s how long Noelle has been grooming and decorating hands and feet. Somewhere in there, she also found time to earn a master’s certificate in gel nails from Creative Nail Design. Within the teal-walled studio, she shapes and adds length to fingertips with Brisa Gel, matching the color to each client’s nails for a natural look. She also fortifies tips with Gelish, a gel-polish hybrid that shimmers chip-free for up to approximately two weeks.
Noelle is also pretty zealous about cleanliness. For example, she shapes each client’s nails with a new file and uses pipeless footbaths with sanitary liners during pedicures. As an added bonus, she offers complimentary repairs if clients break a nail while drumming fingers on a tabletop or shaking hands with a strongman.