Aromatherapy can be used to soothe nerves and focus the mind, but for SkinBar's Lynda Dheming Moore, it sparked her entrepreneurial spirit. While working at an essential-oil company, Lynda discovered the benefits of plant extracts on the skin. This experience inspired her to enroll in aesthetics training and cosmetic chemistry classes at UCLA. This was in 1995, when Dr. Howard Murad was developing his holistic approach to skincare in nearby El Segundo, so she sought training from him after completing her coursework. She opened SkinBar nearly a decade later, after learning high-tech techniques at The International Dermal Institute and deepening her knowledge of skincare products at Dermalogica.
SkinBar stays true to its name, focusing exclusively on ways to smooth and refresh the saran wrap covering our faces and bodies. Facials reflect Lynda's diverse training, with involved rejuvenation methods involving gentle electrical impulses, salves enriched with goji berries to heal dryness, or retinoids to even out blotchy pigmentation. She still relies on Murad and Dermalogica tonics during treatments, but her library of products now includes bottles from Jan Marini and Obagi as well as cosmetics from Jane Iredale. Bluewick candles infuse the studio with relaxing aromas, and their scents seep into private chambers where massages ease pregnancy or melt knots with warm basalt stones. Waxing reveals radiant skin from under a wilderness of hair, and makeovers can accent facial architecture with pigment and eyelash extensions.
Visiting Vogue Salon & Permanent Makeup is like going to a concert: your experience varies greatly depending on where you sit. Clients who take a seat in one of the massaging pedicure thrones relax as technicians apply gel or acrylic polish, whereas men, women, and kids who rest against the curved backs and arms of the rotating styling stools chatter as stylists perform haircuts and Redken color treatments. One of the most sought-out seats in the house is the permanent-makeup chair, which resembles a padded pool lounge chair and is used during waxing as well as makeup sessions. The staff prides itself on its inking expertise and even offers a six-month apprenticeship for artists who want to learn how to draw in eyebrows, eyeliner, and lip liner like professionals, or at least like the artist who painted Richard Nixon's official White House portrait.
Lisa Reyes brings more than the necessary credentials to FaceInk, sporting certification in permanent-makeup application and instruction alongside licenses in cosmetology and aesthetics. At her salon, Reyes enhances natural beauty with tattoo-like eyeliner, lip liner, and brow fillers that can shorten daily primping rituals or correct asymmetrical features and sparse eyebrows. The tech takes skin tone and eye color into account to guide clients toward flattering color palettes and looks, but ultimately leaves the final decision to the customer or the customer’s talking mirror. Reyes enlists a trusted two-step process for each one- to two-hour procedure, requiring touchup visits within 10 weeks of the first procedure.
With wine colored walls and black beaded curtains, the atmosphere inside Gorgeous Lash Lounge evokes a posh nightclub. But here, everywhere's the VIP section, and anyone can sink into one of the plush armchairs and be pampered. Technicians fortify eyelashes with extensions so they look fuller, thicker, and better suited to cleaning the insides of sunglasses. Permanent makeup services enhance clients' natural beauty and saves them precious prep time, and other glamorizing services include Pura spray tanning.
Services at Axiom Spa are extensive: clinical facial treatments, teeth whitening, and permanent makeup are but a few of the team's specialties. Dermaroller treatments, and red- and blue-light therapies illuminate dewier complexions, while microdermabrasions and PCA peels slough away dullness-causing debris and distracting fake noses. Whether opting for an intensive skin treatment, a simple waxing session, or a set of eyelash extensions, guests are greeted by experienced, artful aestheticians.
The talented staffers at Another Wild Hair, a Paul Mitchell Signature Salon, keep bodies beautiful with a coterie of hair, makeup, and waxing services. Continually trained by Paul Mitchell educators, master stylists frame faces underneath expert cuts, complemented by other hair services such as styling, coloring, highlights, and deep conditioning with Paul Mitchell products. They elongate strands with 100% human-hair extensions and decorate visages for everyday events or special occasions with makeup services, facial waxing, and eyelash extensions. Another Wild Hair, much like presents in the Christmas dimension, keeps the salon open seven days a week.