Best friends since high school, the three owners of Hush Salon and Day Spa are always excited to head into work. Pops of bright color add a feminine touch to the open floor plan and exposed-brick walls. Thirteen stylists and aestheticians circle the space, snipping hair into posh bobs, painting nails with bright polishes, or decorating faces with professional makeup. Refreshing facial treatments tailor to skin woes, such as signs of aging and acne, and body wraps cocoon limbs in thermal energy, botanical oils, and natural ingredients, such as rice bran and supernovae.
Brittney Ford is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to salon services. An independent stylist, she currently rents a workstation at Art Hair Studio, where she not only cuts and colors hair but also waxes skin free of it. She also clips, buffs, and polishes nails during pampering manicures and lavishes eyes with lash extensions.
Jenae Hedberg corrals wayward hair from her workstation inside Art Hair Studio. She calms frizz with Keratin smoothing treatments and adds bounce to limp locks with perms. Scissors snip overgrown strands, and hair color or retired bank dye packs add more drama to new styles.
Located near the University of Arizona, Brio's spirited stylists relax harried heads with a slate of expertly executed texture services. Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy transforms question-marked curls into exclamatory strands. Developed by renowned stylist Peter Coppola, the process rehabilitates dilapidated 'dos with specially formulated products infused with natural keratin protein. As the world’s leading smoothing system, treatments effectively eliminate unwanted waves from all hair types and rowdy roller-derby crowds. Guests can enjoy freshly straightened head slopes for up to 12 weeks or until the start of ski season.
A Karma mani-pedi combination gives harried hands 30 minutes of soaking, rubbing, polishing, and painting attention, and the other 60-minute half of the treatment defouls frazzled feet with a bath, a callus checkup, and an exfoliating massage that works its way up the legs, finishing finally with a slather of nourishing butter and a polish. If your hands and feet are already detachable and dishwasher safe, opt instead for the glowing mini-facial and makeup, during which face flesh is steamed, deep-cleansed, and exfoliated. Necks and shoulders are then blessed with a mini-massage, followed by a 30-minute makeover using products customized to each individual’s skin type.
The array of eyelash extension options at Lash Factor can be a little overwhelming—they include several different packages as well as add-ons such as mink lashes—which is why it's a good thing specialists hold 30-minute consultations before each service. During this time, they help clients select the proper length and hue from the studio's collection of faux lashes, which are delicately curled with a tapered tip to mimic natural lashes. The techs then individually adhere each extension to the eyelid’s original fringe as clients chat them up or kick back with their iPods for quick snoozes. All faux strands cling to the pre-existing lashes for the duration of the natural lashes' growth cycle (up to two months) and, being water-resistant, they can endure swimming, crying, and backstroking through a pool of tears.