On-campus hair and nail salons aim for convenience

From manicures to facials, students have the opportunity to treat themselves on campus.

Libraries and coffee shops are staples on college campuses, but ASU offers a more luxurious kind of on-campus hangout. 

Students on the Tempe and Downtown Phoenix campuses can now get haircuts, manicures or other beauty treatments at on-campus salons.

Located at the Memorial Union is a hair salon called Hair Logix. The downstairs location is not visible to many students during the hustle and bustle of an average school day. The salon does everything from waxing and pedicures to haircuts and facial shaves.

Formally known as Serenity Salon, it opened at the MU in 2012. In August 2016, it became Hair Logix. 

The owner of Hair Logix, Monica Peña, obtained the rental space after the MU put out a request for a new business. She jumped on the opportunity.

“The students are friendly, they’re always upbeat,” Peña said. “It just makes sense to have a salon on campus.”

For students, Peña said the simple presence of the salon can prove to be useful or convenient, something the employees aim for.

The walking distance from many dorms and presence right on campus offers convenience for students who may not be able to travel far off campus. The price, she said, is also something they keep in mind when the majority of its customers are college students.

Peña said that it is nice to have the salon be a part of ASU as they work toward making appearances at several events such as MU After Dark and other special events. As a part of the community, she said that they always aim to make the salon a positive atmosphere and place to be.

“We always have music, we’re always positive when people walk in,” said Serena Vasquez, a stylist and assistant manager at Hair Logix. “We try to give out some coupons to help out every now and then, we try to relate.”

In the Downtown Phoenix campus, located on the first floor of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication sits the recently opened Vera Icon Nail Salon and Spa.

The salon offers nail services like manicures, pedicures and waxing.

Students who have used the salon's services since its opening at the end of 2016 said they enjoy the high quality and convenience of the salon.

Public service and public policy sophomore Arianna Kurtz and elementary education sophomore Kaetlin Van Berkum and said the people who work at the salon aimed for a personalized, attentive experience during their visit.

Van Berkum and Kurtz said its location proves to be convenient for student life.

“I like it because it’s so close to the dorms, so you really don’t have to walk that far,” Van Berkum said.

Van Berkum said she was given a personal tour of the salon where she saw the owner’s homage to the Cronkite School in the back wall of the salon, consisting of clips and pieces of recycled newspaper.

As mentioned on the salon’s Facebook page, its mission states to be a "rejuvenation of the Human Spirit, one client at a time.”

Kurtz said it is a nice way to take a break from student responsibilities such as homework, studying, or stress.

“It’s nice that you can have that serenity right in the middle of campus,” Kurtz said. 

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