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.
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.
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.
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.
The Essential Health: Colon Hydro Therapy Clinic's licensed techs help heal bodies from the soul outward with gentle colon hydrotherapies and customized massages. Utilizing only sterile and disposable equipment, The Added Touch's colonics provide a safe and effective means of eradicating built-up bowel waste, from toxins and fecal matter to loitering impaction, as clients recline across a far-infrared treatment mat and fill olfactory cavities with the scent of aromatherapy oils. Customized massages melt away stress and body aches while an on-staff, licensed reflexologist targets specific points of pain by rubbing the heels and toes to the tune of "Chopsticks." Appointments can be scheduled Tuesday–Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with availability for after-hours sessions.
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.