Angus Mitchell carries on the hairdressing legacy of his father Paul through his namesake salon, which opened in 2009 to fanfare from publications such as Women's Wear Daily. In keeping with Paul Mitchell fans' exalted expectations, the salon trains each of its stylists on a weekly basis to keep them up-to-date on new beautification techniques and strategies for thwarting the dastardly schemes of the wig industry.
It's perhaps due to this emphasis on education that the team lays claim to the No. 33 Best Colorist in the nation as ranked by Beauty Entertainment Magazine. But each and every stylist contributes skills to the services on the experience menu, which can range from a detoxifying hair ritual to a cut that foils strands' aspirations to finally touch toes. At the polychrome color bar, stylists concoct custom color schemes for each scalp, as overhead exposed ductwork transports the tangy scent of Awapuhi Wild Ginger products.
Inside the sunny La Peer Beauty shop, patrons assisted by licensed pulchritude professionals browse glass shelves stacked high with candy-colored OPI nail polish, high-end skincare and hair products, and fragrances in twinkling bottles or room diffusers. Colognes such as Thymes’s Agave Nectar leave a bright, crisp fragrance on dermises, and skincare regimens from brands such as Dermalogica treat façades stressed out by harsh weather or the thought that professional wrestling is fake. An arsenal of curling and straightening irons and hair-dryer attachments help home stylists create their ideal dos, and hairsprays such as L’Oreal Elnett keep styles fast in place. An onsite salon puts La Peer’s products to the test as stylists trim hair or add extensions, aestheticians treat skin with facials and eye treatments, and wax techs whisk away unwanted hairs.
Lauded on the pages of Fit magazine, as well as on computer screens on LA.com and TVs on E! News, Vida Emanuel European Day Spa has garnered well-deserved attention for 25 years. The spa’s owner opened her namesake beauty haven to provide locals of Beverly Hills and beyond with expertly executed skin and body services. Amid an elegant space embellished with gold accents, Emanuel’s highly trained crew of Certified Aesthetic Consultants, massage therapists, and laser specialists gets to work perfecting exteriors with more than 15 skin treatments, many of which feature Emanuel’s personal skincare line. On-trend beauty treatments include Yon-Ka facials and threading services, all-natural spray tans, massages, and laser hair-removal treatments. Clients who opt for more advanced therapies can pursue dermal-filler injections to plump fine lines, or try ultrasonic lipolysis, a painless procedure that helps pinch inches by breaking down fatty cells shaped like Twinkies.
Leaning on a strident application process, Beverly Hills Color Bar recruits stylists for their artistic handling of complex color treatments, expertise with all types of hair, and their outgoing personalities. Colorists work outside the boundaries of traditional highlights as the quirkily named services denote, splashing hair with spots of color during the You've Been Punk'd, or making eyes pop by highlighting a few strands up front with the Face Framer. Notable for its industrial aesthetic and splashes of color, the airy salon looks like it was designed to house the minimalist sculptures of Donald Judd, and like any good contemporary-art exhibit, the salon's black-wood color bar displays a meticulously arranged spectrum of hair-dye products. Carefully smeared black paint gives texture to the poured-concrete floor, and geometric, gray leather salon chairs offset full-length mirrors rimmed in vibrant tangerine.
Aestheticians at The M Day Spa forsake the one-size-fits-all approach, and prefer instead to consult with each client before giving any kind of skincare service. Once they know about a client’s skin type and habits, the aestheticians can administer individualized facials, peels, and body wraps that can help to reduce acne or hyperpigmentation. The spa’s gold collagen mask combines the youth-boosting power of collagen with gold leaf, a combination that helps to accelerate cell growth and allows properly gilded individuals to hide in rappers’ teeth. The aestheticians also place special emphasis on hygienic waxing services for men and women. During each of their services, the aestheticians wield a full range of high-end products from brands such as Christina, Image Skincare, and Amarin.
Skilled hands run in Esther’s family. She and her sister, Malonie Banen, work side by side within the same waxing salon. Known for their comfortable and swift sessions, the duo has earned multiple accolades from Allure magazine’s Best of Beauty awards. Though they specialize in Brazilian waxing, they also perform other services, such as eyebrow waxes for hairs that receive uncomfortable amounts of attention from lonely caterpillars. The interior of Esther's Place matches a Tiffany's box to a tee, with the robin's egg hue saturating every wall. Decorative elements, such as pink orchids and green satin pillows, bring a hint of tranquility to the space, enhanced further by a mural, which depicts a rocky ocean that's unfortunately devoid of hunky mermen.