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Natural Awakenings Tucson

Xanadu Salon and Spa: A Journey of Hope and Beauty

Oct 17, 2011 02:14PM ● By Katharin Connelly Nelson

Sometimes living a green life is not about how we reduce, reuse and recycle, but rather about how we take care of each other and rejuvenate.

Xanadu Salon and Spa moved their business from their location for almost three decades to a new one in April, and then in May, the unthinkable happened: a fire destroyed part of their building. Even areas of a building that are seemingly unaffected by the fire still have issues such as smoke damage.

Sometimes green living is more about community restoring the needs of a person or business and making it whole again then it is about the usual green practices. It took three weeks of cleaning the side of the salon that was not burned to be able to resume offering hair care and nail care services. During that time, not only did the staff at the salon pitch in to help with the cleanup, but customers and suppliers came by to help. It took only a few weeks after that to open the salon for business again, but it has taken several months to clear away and replace the damaged skincare and spa equipment, rebuild the building and completely redecorate the spa.

Xanadu owner Victoria Gonzalez has infused the salon with her own adventurous decorating style. The new and improved building features a bold red-and-grey color scheme, with splashes of animal prints making a colorful, bold statement in the salon on everything from chairs, business cards and pictures on the walls. This new décor creates and atmosphere of adventure and a fresh start, which is just what the salon and staff are all about.

Gonzalez is passionate about offering Tucsonans a place where they can come to learn about a variety of spa services and permanent makeup, as well as finding the right hairstyle with creative haircuts and color techniques, creating a daily skin care regiment and putting your best foot/hand forward with nail treatments. Xanadu also offers waxing services, weight loss programs and massage treatments. In keeping with their philosophy of finding and using the best products available the salon also features several natural (organic) product lines for both hair care and skin care.

The staff at Xanadu is extremely passionate and caring, which is seen in all the special events they put on throughout the year. They believe in the importance of giving back to the community they serve, by using their talents to raise money for important causes, such as the Tucson Medical Center for Children; The American Cancer Society, to help support breast cancer research and many others. It is all about uplifting each other to be able to achieve the greater goals of the community and meeting the needs of those most in need that may be facing overwhelming medical issues.

Making a difference with training and special events

Education is an important focus for the staff. They achieve their high standards of continuing education by attending at least two major professional cosmetology shows a year, where they learn about all of the newest advances in products, techniques, hairstyles and available spa treatments. They believe in passing on this information to their customers, because they know how important it is for their clients to not only
receive quality salon and spa service, but to also understand the benefits of these treatments.

One way that they share information on a monthly basis with new and current customers is with Girls Night Out events. Each month, the stylists
focus on a different topic and share information, while offering free salon and spa treatments to anyone that would like to spend a few hours being pampered with their friends.

The best way to find out about specials and events that are coming up is to follow them on Facebook. It is a great way to receive discounts on
services and to participate in the many fundraising events to which they donate their time and talents each month.

For more information about all of the incredible services and treatments that are offered at Xanadu Salon and Spa, be sure to visit their website.
Be pampered in a relaxing setting by caring, professional and well-trained stylists and therapists. You may walk in frazzled, but the staff at Xanadu guarantees that you will leave feeling a sense of renewed energy and wellbeing.

Here is a look at some of the scheduled special events in October:

October 3-8: Head-to-toe-tour. Pampered guests will receive a foot reflexology, a hydrating hot paraffin bath and a non-surgical facelift for $30
($155.00 value).
October 10-15: Learn about how to detoxify your body: Experience a 20-minute Aqua Detox Treatment (foot bath using infra red technology),
enjoy Kangen Water (an ionized alkaline water available to take home—just bring an empty water bottle) and learn about Hydrocolon Therapy for $30. Also save 50 percent on body contour wraps.
October 17-22: If you’re tired of the wrong hair color, flat/thin hair or having bad hair days, then its time to meet Mickie, master stylist for a
makeover consultation. Receive a complementary feather or hair extension and learn the latest on how to achieve fullness and volume in your hair. She can show you how extensions can help without damaging your hair.
October 24-29: Join the Xanadu team in Making Strides Against Cancer. This week, they will be donating 20 percent of all service fees to the
American Cancer Society.
October 29: From 4 to 7 p.m., join a special fundraising event. Stylists will be cutting hair, applying pink feathers and makeup and offering reflexology treatments and chair massages to help raise funds. Come enjoy the food, music and special entertainment. 100 percent of the donations collected during this event will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
October 30: Join the Xanadu team for the American Cancer Society ninth annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Registration is at 7 a.m. and the walk starts at 8 a.m., at the Kino Sports Complex. For more information or to register visit

Location: 4026 E. Grant Rd., Tucson. For more information or to schedule and appointment, call 520-850-3208 or visit