After receiving her education in England and training in the salons of industry giants such as Georgette Klinger and Frederic Fekkai, Aban Patel decided it was time to create her own beauty legacy. So the Bombay native opened Abanara Skin Esthetics, where she calls upon more than two decades of experience in skincare, massage, and energy work to transform bodies inside and out. During facial treatments, she employs modern anti-aging technology—including ultrasonic waves and micro-currents that diminish fine lines—yet remains true to her holistic philosophy by handcrafting all-natural, plant-based cleansers and lotions, which she uses alongside professional products by brands such as Osmosis and Susan Ciminelli.
Patel also offers reflexology sessions designed to remedy physical ills and chakra clearing to restore energy flow to systems blocked by negative thoughts or swallowed construction horses. The tranquil spa is tucked inside a quaint cobblestone courtyard filled with natural light and potted plants, making it the perfect place for those looking to escape everyday tension or photosynthesize in private.
It takes confidence to look George Clooney in the eye, let alone touch his hair. Oliver Ifergan has done both. He readily takes on celebrity clients from Clooney to Tom Ford, at least when he isn't busy serving as a spokesperson for Pantene or creating looks for the pages of Vanity Fair, In Style, and People. Now the owner of his own Beverly Hills Salon, Oliver uses his skills to fashion 'dos to suit starlets as well as those who simply want a trim. Oliver and his team cut and color strands inside a minimalist space designed by Jose Antonio Gonzalez. Metallic walls and curvaceous red chairs with attached sinks lend the salon a futuristic vibe, while a collection of art books, rare magazines, and people saying "hmmmm" liken it to a modern gallery. The atmosphere is an apt one for the creative staff, who snip, highlight, and texturize coifs with products from Ifergan's own line. They even complement their sense of chic with altruism—whether they're administering a simple lip wax, or lengthening locks with human-hair extensions from Hairdreams, 3% of the profits always go to charity.
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.