Everyone needs a little rub down every once in a while, but if you don’t have the time or the money to make it to one of Arizona’s world-renowned spas, there are still plenty of places in the East Valley that won’t leave your bank account sore — including AVEDA Concept Salons.
AVEDA, a beauty company that tries to keep it as green as possible, has more than 10 locations in the Valley alone — each salon bearing a different concept but the same key rituals.
AVEDA is Sanskrit for “all knowledge,” based in the Hindu science of longevity, so no matter what salon you go to, you know you will leave with a more spiritual experience than usual.
All of the AVEDA Concept Salons are unique in their specialization of Aromatherapy, with services for all five senses. Upon walking in, you are told to choose a card that will guide your treatments of the day. The card has a little blurb to inspire you, and it describes in detail the aroma that all your treatments will be dowsed in. Stress relieving scalp massages, hand facials or finishing touch to make-up may also be given, free of charge.
AVEDA Mood Swings Salon & Skin Spa
Located on Mill Ave., this Salon is geared more towards the college student than the business woman, which is why they keep it trendy and fresh by displaying a different local artists’ work every two months. Mood Swings is so trendy in fact that it was actually the first of AVEDA’s Lifestyle Salons to make a debut in Arizona. The 5,000-square-feet salon was voted “Best Trendy Salon” by the East Valley Tribune as well as one of the “Top Ten Fastest Growing Salons in the World” at AVEDA’s Congress Festival.
Mood Swings Salon & Skin Spa
520 S. Mill Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281
No walk-ins; make a reservation in advance.
‘Ohana Salon & Spa
Located in Scottsdale, this Polynesian-inspired spa tries to take you out of your everyday life and give you a little tropical getaway, if only for an hour or two. ‘Ohana, meaning family in Hawaiian, has a very personal feel to it, and their team makes sure you are treated as if you are the only one in the joint! Winning the AVEDA Earth Month Leader award in 2009 and 2010, ‘Ohana is especially conscious about the products that go into their customers hair and body and if they are good for the mind and body as well as the Earth.
‘Ohana Salon & Spa
6870 E. 5th Av.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Also located in Scottsdale, Salon Tru is exclusively a hair and nail salon, where walk-ins are welcome. It won the Talk of the Town award for 2009 and 2010 for its exceptional customer service, as well as the No. 1 salon in Scottsdale for 2006 and 2007.
7050 E. Indian School Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85281
Perry Monge Salon & Spa
Perry Monge, one of the original AVEDA pure-fessionals, owns and operates this salon. Every service includes a custom hair and scalp analysis with scalp massage, a stress-relieving ritual for your hands and AVEDA color make-up finishing touch. The Perry Monge Salon has won a handful of awards, being featured in Marie Claire and Elle in 2008 as one of the Top Hair Color Salons as well as Top Salons Impacting Hair, respectively.
Perry Monge Salon
3 S. Second St., Suite 212
Phoenix, AZ 85004
SaVant Wellness Salon
This Glendale Salon is all about the modern person looking their most sleek; specializing in runway looks and has even been featured on channel 15′s Sonoran Living & Shopping A to Z. If you’re ready to change your look, this is the place to go.