LaPeer Beauty was one of the first salons graced by Irene Vaksberg's eye for style after she emigrated from Russia in 1979. She left it to open Vaksberg Salon, which made its home in the 1950s-era locale of Penny's—Los Angeles's first beauty school—replete with its old-fashioned hood hairdryers and radioactive pomade. In 2007, Irene's salon journey came full circle when she sold the historic location and moved Vaksberg Salon back to her original stomping ground at LaPeer Beauty. Today, Vaksberg Salon not only gives ladies a place to wind down and doll up with cuts, color services, and conditioning treatments, it also helps raise money for local charities such as Kids With A Cause, Arthritis Foundation, People Helping Homeless, and AIDS Walk.
Gina Bisignano first entered the beauty industry while she was in high school. During her summer breaks, she worked as a hair-and-makeup assistant at the Rhode Island School of Design, a gig that eventually led her to do hair and makeup for modeling agencies including Wilhemina and Ford. A certified aesthetician since the late 80s, she worked as a makeup artist on movie and TV commercial sets until opening her own waxing and skincare studio 10 years ago. There, she and her fellow aestheticians give everyday faces the star treatment, doling out services ranging from facials to lash extensions to makeup lessons. And, of course, she offers a slew of waxing services, from bikini waxing for bathing suit season, to playboy waxing for old magazines that have let themselves go.
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.
Dr. Jack Bertolino, Smooth Solutions Medical Aesthetics's owner and operator, employs a slew of modern technologies to combat his patients' signs of aging. He zaps wrinkles, cellulite, and stretch marks with his arsenal of medical-grade lasers. Along with lasers, Dr. Bertolino offers bariatric medicine to aid weight loss. Dr. Bertolino is also one of the area's only practitioners to offer bioidentical hormone-replacement therapy, which introduces testosterone and estrogen back into aging bodies with time-release capsules implanted in the skin, helping men and women maintain their health, youth, and love of trampolines.
Launched in February 2012 as a complement to celebrity stylist Oliver Ifergan’s eponymous salon, Twist by Oliver Ifergan’s singular mission is to beautify clients with world-class hair services at an affordable price. Located adjacent to Oliver Ifergan Atelier and known for its celebrity clientele and collection of crossword puzzles completed by said clientele, Twist’s intimate and avant-garde setting offers guests a relaxing haven where they can indulge in meticulous cuts, color, and voluminous blowouts using the owner’s own products. The salon, run by Gregory Ifergan, offers extended hours and is open seven days a week.
The technicians at Eyelash Lab specialize in eyelash extensions and dedicate their craft to perfecting a natural look and feel for each client. In addition to their namesake service, staffers also perform other beautifying services such as waxing, hairstyling, and skincare, such as the skin-brightening facial that leaves faces shinier than ones that have never been allowed out of their original packaging. Eyelash Lab's staff is so confident in their work that they have also established a trusted teaching center for those who wish to learn the art of eyelash extensions and makeup application as well as aesthetics.