The team at Black Rose Tattooers is on a roll. In 2012, they received their third consecutive Best Tattoo Parlor award from Tuscon Weekly. Over the years, the magazine has had a lot to say about the trio of shops, calling the artists “masters of their craft” and admiring how “skill is apparent in every design, whether the tattoo is a realistic portrait…or a custom sleeve”. Though the tattooers love to accept custom projects, the street-style shops also welcome passersby for impromptu ink sessions. In case clients are too excited about their fresh ink to pay attention to the staff's post-tattooing guidelines, the company's website has a page with tips for tattoo aftercare.
When not hunched over their buzzing tattoo tools, Black Rose’s team also performs face and body piercings, even surgically implanting tongs to improve grilling abilities. They take this work rather seriously as well—each year, the crew attends the Association of Professional Piercers Conference in Las Vegas. Two of the staffers even have their own jewelry line, Honeycomb Organics, a collection of one-of-a-kind wood, stone, silver, and copper baubles that ranges from traditional rings and necklaces to large-gauge body jewelry.
When it comes to natural African-American hair, no styling task is impossible for Rebecca Tiah. She specializes in such services at A Beautiwerx Salon, braiding locks into cornrows, lengthening them with extensions, or perming them into wavy curls. Her expertise extends to all types of hair, which she deftly styles and colors, as well as spa-style treatments such as mani-pedis and facials.
As a certified plastic surgeon with the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Gwen Maxwell provides a combination of experience, technical skill, and aesthetic intuition in each medical procedure. With a staff of dermal doyens, clients receive treatments with advanced equipment and techniques. The laser hair treatments last about 10–15 minutes each, can result in a permanent reduction in hair growth, and are ideal for congregations of follicle foes. Hairs on the face, forearms, underarms, or bikini line are wicked from your pores with ease using Candela GentleLASE or Candela GentleYAG laser systems. Both lasers can accommodate a variety of skin types, aim to reduce patient discomfort, and speed up the treatment time by using a large spot size that covers an impressive surface area. The beam of light passes though the skin where it mows down follicle forests and opens up a smooth subdivision of skin.
When it comes to permanent makeup, Janet Nodine isn't just savvy—she's certified. Already an experienced cosmetician, Janet picked up multiple credentials from the American Institute of Intradermal Cosmetics as she honed her ability to enhance lips, eyebrows, and lashes with natural pigments applied to the dermal layer of the skin. She also happens to be a certified nurse-midwife with a master of science in nursing, but her main focus at Lily Aesthetics remains complementing each client's skin and eye tone with suitable color palettes.
Board certified in medical esthetics, owner and nurse practitioner Deanna Collier is devoted to rejuvenating and enhancing her patients' natural features. Bring in wrinkled facial canvasses to be remounted and used in the art of nonsurgical Botox injections. Injections are quick—usually about 10 minutes—requiring no anesthesia and resulting in little to no downtime. The number of units required to treat an area may vary, but on average, 20 units can be used to treat mild to moderate frown lines between the eyes, with results lasting up to four months. Since the amount of life-lemons and wrinkles varies from person to person, additional units for larger treatment areas can be bought at normal cost ($12.50/unit).
Spa NiVa pampers and beautifies every part of the body with a full service menu that incorporates treatments for skin care, massage, nails, and waxing. Using medical-grade skin care products, skin specialists clear pores and banish impurities with facials, peels, and dermaplaning, a treatment that scrapes away dead skin cells and peach fuzz with a surgical blade. Waxing treatments smoothen skin by removing hair with warm wax and microscopic landscapers who pull weeds from the roots. Nail technicians decorate fingers and toes with shellac polish or soften skin by dipping appendages into paraffin wax. Meanwhile, licensed massage therapists use kneading techniques and various degrees of pressure to alleviate stress, stiffness, and secretly being an invertebrate double agent.