Darque Tan's arsenal of beds, booths, and nourishing lotions infuses visiting bodies with sun-kissed color. Along with at least 20 tanning beds, each location brims with tan-savvy staff members—each certified through the International Smart Tan Network—who can work with you to customize a program based on your tanning goals, skin type, and relation to black-and-white movie starlets. Sessions take place in private rooms that line a column-flanked hallway, where five different levels of UV beds give skin the perfect level of tanning. Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless-tanning systems imbue clients with a hydrating, natural-looking glow, which can be customized according to skin tone, desired shade, and spirit animal. A full-time cleaning staff keeps each center in pristine conditions by referencing a 50-point inspection system. Most locations have books, televisions, and kids’ play areas to keep children entertained while adults are bronzing.
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.
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.
Billion Dollar Brows' highly trained team commits to sculpting overgrown sweat catchers into winsome, carefully landscaped forehead gardens. Their brow-shaping service infuses misshapen furrows with symmetry, elegance, and believable looks of surprise for small-claims court hearings ($35 for regular visitors; $40 for first-timers). A sure-handed specialist will apply full brow makeup finish to hide any redness. To maintain your alluring countenance, you'll also receive Billion Dollar Brows' universal brow pencil, a water-resistant wand effective for all skin tones and hair colors ($14.95).