Sunlit Nails helps bolster the beauty of patrons of all ages, transforming their scraggly nails into sleek and shiny hand accessories. A mural of a tropical sunset is displayed behind taupe and burgundy pedicure chairs, near which experienced nail technicians clip, file, and paint nails. Nearby, a fluffy white bear head adorns the top of child-size pedicure chairs, and a small screen plays movies while kids’ feet soak. At manicure stations, technicians cover nails with long-lasting Shellac, Gelish, and OPI polishes or acrylic nails, which enable agoraphobic fingernails to finally venture out of their owner’s pants pockets.
Certified massage therapist and licensed nurse Sandi James deeply believes that continual self-awareness and self-nurturing are essential to living a balanced life. She uses her experience in massage and reflexology to help clients achieve this balance, along with decreasing anxiety. To supplement the holistic side of her practice she offers several beauty treatments, such as eyelash extensions, to give clients the confidence to blink repetitively in front of a handsome toll collector.
Growing up, James Dowling watched his family suffer from chronic illnesses, and even battled his own pain, for which Western medicine gave little relief. His investigations led him to an interest in drug-free and tactile therapies. He enrolled at DoveStar Institute to study under reiki masters, and earned his massage-therapist license, colon-hydrotherapy certification, and reiki mastership. At Phoenix Holistic Center, he balances bodies and minds through diverse methods such as sound therapy and kriya massage, which incorporates one continuous stroke that only ends when the therapist's arms become tangled.
The private rooms at Tan-Tastic Tanning yield many paths to acquiring richer pigmentation. Among the most popular of these are bronze-, silver-, and platinum-level tanning beds that imbue skin with varying degrees of UV light to ensure a smooth and even tone. Bronze beds illume bodies and faces with separate tanners, silver beds cradle client in an ergonomic acrylic base that includes a ventilation system and mp3 plug-in, and platinum beds boast high-pressure bulbs and shoulder tanners. Just off to the side of its more traditional siblings, a VersaSpa spray-tan booth burnishes skin with a UV-free mist until it achieves the rich, bronze hue of a deep-fried garden sculpture. At the salon’s front desk, lotions and elixirs from Swedish Beauty and Australian Gold mingle with blends from Devoted Creations, such as a skin-firming aromatherapy formula with anticellulite agents and white-birch extract.
Gazing into one of the ornate mirrors at Hello Gorgeous, you might expect a disembodied face to insist you’re the fairest of them all. The waves of gold that wrap around each styling station’s mirror evoke a fairy-tale setting. In fact, the entire salon does: hardwood floors, an intricately embellished bureau, and fresh flowers are reminiscent of a surprisingly chic cottage. Drink in your surroundings as beauticians cut and style hair, paint nails, or perform another salon service.