Though VERABELLA's skincare products have since found their way onto the faces of celebrities including Kristen Bell, Vanessa Hudgens, and Kerry Washington, they started as simple family recipes. Vera inherited her skill for inventing remedies from her mother and grandmother in Russia. She recorded what natural ingredients they sourced, and how they mixed them into masks that would combat everything from blemishes to dry skin.
Today, she shares those time-honored concoctions at VERABELLA Skin Therapy Spa. She and her daughter Victoria, the spa director, continue to reject parabens, artificial scents, and dyes in favor of organic aloe vera, tea tree oil, grapefruit, cucumber, and other natural components. Formulated for all skin types, these treatments help to minimize break-outs and diffuse visible signs of biological and environmental aging. Its treatments also incorporate high-tech advancements, including lifting microcurrent facials that the menu calls "Pilates for the Face." Likewise, VERABELLA cosmetic products have been built to impress. The Lip-Lights line, for example, is flush with illuminating colors that include Stop-Light (real red), Afternoon Delight (sheer sparkly berry), Sunlight (warm coral), and Twilight (blood red).
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.
Though The M Salon sits on bustling Rodeo Drive, its interior wraps visitors in zen-like calm. Cool, marble halls lead to the waiting room, decorated, like the rest of the space, in sparse black-and-white hues accentuated with bright orchids. A miniature kitchen lets stylists brew coffee and espresso, slice fruits, and pour wines and champagne as complimentary refreshments for their clients, and modern cabinets tuck away premium products by Moroccanoil, OSMO, Brazilian Blowout, AVEDA and CND.
The carefully designed space by Pooya Goudarzi from VerteX design studio was long the dream of The M Salon's owner, Marjan. She began with a cosmetology license that followed with numerous certifications from Brazilian Blowout to CND shellac. She is also a certified cosmetology teacher by Santa Monica College . In addition to her newly learned specialties, Marjan has a passion for the ancient art of eyebrow threading, which uses carefully twisted cotton threads to gently remove unwanted facial hair.
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.