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 The salon’s charmingly out-of-date decor, however, belies a mission to promote wrinkle-free complexions and hairstyles that radiate hipness.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.
Each of the guitar coaches at American Guitar Academy are certified in the school’s signature teaching method. Developed over 25 years, this house-honed instruction technique incorporates scientific research to help fingers learn to shred frets up to eight times faster than alternative methods. During private half-hour lessons, instructors guide budding rock stars aged 4 years and up through the basics of strumming chords and seamlessly stitching together riffs. These comprehensive lessons on classical, electric, or acoustic guitars are offered once a week with a live instructor or online and guarantee that students will be playing their favorite music within six months of training. Students may begin lessons without owning a guitar, but are encouraged to gain access to one quickly for mastering scales and the ability to solo with their teeth.
Licensed body experts at All Hands On Deck Massage & Nail Spa warm up weary muscles and appendages with gentle body treatments. Licensed massage therapists can spark circulation with customized sessions in trigger-point touch and reflexology. The spa’s nail services swathe cuticles in full sets of color, invigorating hands and feet with heated paraffin wax and hot desert stones. As parents get pampered, children relax in a playroom where they can watch episodes of Dora the Explorer and the scene from Doctor Zhivago where Elmo teaches Yuri words that begin with “C.”
The relaxing atmosphere of a traditional spa is balanced with professionalism of a doctor’s office at All About You Medspa. It’s staffed by a team of registered nurses, licensed massage therapists, and laser technicians. Their diverse menu of services also reflects this balance. Stylists take care of hair at seven different salon stations. Aestheticians perform chemical peels and photofacials—an advanced technique to remove red and brown marks from the skin—in addition to revitalizing European facials and manicures. Laser techs on hand use up-to-date technology to zap away hair for long periods—one of the many noninvasive, nonsurgical procedures offered at the spa.
Desert Showers Holistic Health draws its name from owner Alexis Showers, who grew up in a variety of native cultures that instilled a deep love of her planet. As an adult, Alexis continued to pursue this passion by working towards and earning degrees and certifications in holistic, nature-conscious therapies: acupressure, Chinese medicine, massage, nutritional coaching, and yoga.
Today, Alexis draws upon formal and informal educational experiences to help heal naturally. At Desert Showers, you can enjoy massages, seaweed or mud wraps, and customized herbal steam baths. By bringing Dr. Shirley Cox on board, Alexis is also able to offer weight management and hypnotherapy, which can help assuage phobias and anxiety.