Clients may flock to LA Eyebrow for threading—a service that reshapes the brow by using a fine cotton thread—but they stay for the custom skincare treatments. Diamond-tip microdermabrasion whisks away dead skin cells to reveal a healthy, glowing complexion, and four types of facials are enhanced with a custom mask, vitamin-rich essential oils, and skincare products from Yonka. Although the shop’s signature brow-shaping services can keep hairs from returning for up to three weeks, its eyelash extensions keep synthetic mink lashes firmly affixed for nearly twice as long. Technicians use a specially formulated adhesive that never touches the skin, allowing natural lashes to continue to grow out and giving them the freedom to come and go as they please.
Computers drove Flora Low to her career in the beauty industry. Armed with a degree in graphic design, Flora spent the first 25 years of her career with a printing company, but became increasingly dismayed by the amount of time she had to devote to mastering new computer technologies. She decided she wanted out and turned to a career in the beauty industry, partly because she wanted a career that revolved around personal interactions and partly because she didn’t want to work with any more computers. Now, at her own spa and salon, the aesthetician relies on her keen sense of design to help clients achieve flattering, natural looks using permanent makeup, noninvasive cellulite treatments, and rejuvenating facials.
The spa’s facial treatments can use specialized combinations of masks or exfoliating peels, imbuing cheekbones with a glow more youthful than that of a baby chandelier. For a more dramatic effect, the aestheticians can also apply permanent makeup to eye lines, lips, or brows. A permanent-makeup session with Flora requires a two-hour consultation to determine the perfect brow arch or lip line.
Though the spa always emphasizes that personal touch, the staff nonetheless employs an arsenal of aesthetic technology, as it recognizes that sometimes you need a little advanced machinery to achieve your beauty goals. Thus, technicians wield cellulite-reducing Starvac SP equipment to help tone the body and the CryoProbe cryotherapy machine to minimize the appearance of hyperpigmentation and blemishes.
Kathleen Corbett is a color-correction specialist with 10 years of experience as a salon owner and 5 years of experience as a Joico educator. She has traveled throughout the United States to teach haircutting and coloring techniques to other hairstylists, and has worked with some of the top artists in the industry. On a regular day, however, you'll find her designing new hairstyles at Salon Paz, drawing on years of experience to reconstruct and add vibrant color to healthy locks.
Velia Boutique and Skincare gilds bodies with beautifying treatments that restore youthful vitality to skin. Technicians rejuvenate faces with a mild, 30% lactic-acid solution, dislodging old skin with a blanket bombardment of low-pH firepower (a $25 value). Then, a microdermabrasion tool strips away dull remnants with a gentle stream of crystals, while an attached vacuum sucks up loosened cells and stimulates visages with vivifying suction (a $100 value). Treatments improve evenness, smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, and help empty the pores of impure thoughts. After facial renovations, Groupon customers can avail themselves of a 20% discount on any boutique purchase, stocking homes with skincare products from Éminence Organics for pro-level domestic beautification.
In a new crimson-trimmed interior, Sense of Joy Spa’s licensed technicians balance inner tranquility and outer beauty with doting spa services that employ Guinot skincare products. The revitalizing European facial begins with gentle cleansers that trail across lips, noses, eyes, the décolleté, and second noses, succeeded by exfoliation and extractions as needed. Staffers knead away tension holed up in shoulders, necks, and upper arms before brewing a mask customized to specific epidermal types and afflictions. Sultry pouts and stressed-out peepers steep in a beautifying elixir while employees shift their focus to hands and feet.
A cast of aestheticians, massage therapists, and beauty professionals work under one roof at Nani Skin Care, where they keep skin glowing with help from products by Bioelements Professional Skin Care. Facials, customized to skin type and condition, incorporate deep cleansing with invigorating massage to restore a vibrant, youthful appearance to dull, aging complexions. Nani Skin care also offers an array of other treatments. For skin below the neck, the aestheticians administer a slew of spa treatments, including exfoliating salt glows and relaxing footbaths.
During 60- and 90-minute massages, aromatherapeutic scents guide muscles into relinquishing any stress or tension. Adults and teens alike can stop in for a Youngblood mineral-makeup lesson or schedule a makeup application to prepare for a wedding day or a night full of dancing and plotting to steal the queen’s crown.