Before waxing, the only way to get rid of upper-lip fuzz was to wait for it to metamorphose into a butterfly and flutter away. Bypass face cocoons with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get a brow-and-lip wax from Amie Ruiz at Ragtops Day Spa & Salon in Tempe (a $27 value).
From within her self-carved beauty sanctuary at Ragtops Day Spa & Salon, professional bristle banisher Amie Ruiz lays bare areas populated by unwanted hair. Employing wax as her method of follicular dismissal, Ruiz works quickly to halt lip fuzz from expanding to other areas of the face or annexing the tongue. Because eyebrows can convey mixed messages when left untended, Ruiz prunes overgrown do-not-disturbs back into jaunty hello-theres. In addition to breaking the contour-concealing tyranny of undesirable facial tufts, Ruiz also bolsters bods with add-ons available for an additional fee, unmasking new skin-covered landscapes with body-waxing treatments ($20+) or tinting eyelashes or eyebrows ($20) with eye-catching color.
Ragtops Day Spa & Salon
Ragtops Day Spa & Salon’s trio of co-owners—Terry Braaten, Ginger Braaten, and Jeanne Dankerl—have an aesthetic sense honed by more than 80 years of collective experience and training from the likes of Vidal Sassoon, Koleston, and Redken. To pamper and beautify guests, they let their combined skill loose within a 4,100-square-foot hybrid salon and day spa. Yet to ensure that Ragtops Day Spa & Salon is an all-encompassing retreat, they keep an extended community of skilled, self-employed stylists and aestheticians within—most of which have been shearing locks or painting nails for more than two decades.
Raw talent isn’t the only thing that elevates Ragtops’ services. Hairstylists sharpen their tress transformations with products from brands such as Paul Mitchell and Redken, and Ginger relies on Coppola keratin treatments to straighten and relax hair that’s been stressed since hearing a tall tale about sentient clippers. Nail artists, meanwhile, draw from a palette of OPI polishes and CND acrylics and enhance pedicures with paraffin treatments. Although services vary according to the current staff, skincare experts cleanse pores with European facials and tackle more problematic skin with microdermabrasion, glycolic facials, and oxygen facials, and massage therapists banish aches with acupressure, Swedish, and Thai massages.