Living the Clean Life
By Alexa Buechler
Evolve Salon and Spa works with cruelty-free, vegan products
Jenna Pechman lives a nontoxic, clean life. So, it was only natural for her to incorporate this lifestyle into Evolve Salon and Spa, which she opened in October 2018 in North Phoenix.
The vegan, cruelty-free full-service spa offers hair, nail, skincare and body care services.
“I’m a vegan, and I like to live a nontoxic, clean life, so I wanted to open a salon that aligned with all of that,” Pechman says.
She wasn’t quite sure how to do it.
“I Googled ‘commercial real estate,’ and I found this spot,” Pechman says. “I looked through the window, and I didn’t even need to look at another space.”
Evolve Salon and Spa’s location embodies the area’s vibe. Mountainside Fitness is nearby, as is her home and her children’s school.
The products Pechman uses aren’t tested on animals nor do they have animal byproducts. She became a vegan because a plant-based diet, she found, was healthier for her. She adds animal products negatively affect the environment.
“I love being part of this community because the area is just growing so much,” says Pechman, who worked for 11 years at Salon Mila in Cave Creek. “I’m meeting all the moms. I’m meeting all the local businesses.”
Community is important—even within the business. Pechman’s salon is commission-based so the 12-person staff works as a team.
At Evolve Salon and Spa, a women’s haircut starts at about $50; a men’s haircut is $30. A pedicure starts at around $50, and a manicure is $25. Facials and massages are $89 for an hour and $119 for 90 minutes.
Pechman says her salon is growing quickly. She has six hairstylists and she can accommodate four pedicures at once. Two treatment rooms are open for massages and facials. Pechman rejected the idea of treating customers in a private suite.
“If they’re just going to a suite, with one hair tech or nail stylists, you can’t really come in as a group of friends,” Pechman says. “I just love that we can accommodate more people.”
Pechman says her spa is well-known for its zero-gravity pedicures. Customers recline in their chairs and receive a scalp and shoulder massage with aromatherapy oil while their toes are being polished and massaged. Guests also receive eye pillows and headphones with calming music.
“While you’re laying back like that, you feel weightless,” Pechman says.
As for the future, Pechman says she and her staff attend classes to keep up to date with the latest trends.
“We’re always trying to get better.”