Behind glass-paned wooden doors and in front of old-timey bureaus, the stylists at D'Arte Salon & Spa showcase their talents in adding color to hair via various means. They can make a total change with all-over color, add dimension with flattering highlights, or fade from dark to light with an ombre makeover. As an alternative, their hand-painted balayage highlights bestow locks with a glossy and sun-touched look. Their services cover special-event updos as well, though you needn't wait until the night of the party to try one on. Discounted "practice runs" allow clients to preview updos and makeup applications at the salon in advance, without help from that annoying talking mirror who claims to know the future.
Gabriela Cardena was tired of searching for a spot in LA to get her makeup done. A celebrity makeup artist herself, she knew mall makeup counters and face-painting booths wouldn’t cut it, so she created her own place of beauty. Inside Heaven’s Makeup Bar, makeup artists bolster the beauty of clients with makeup application, waxing treatments, and hairstyling. Various packages also include mani-pedis, lash tinting, and getting clients ready for red carpets by installing tiny vacuum cleaners on the bottoms of their shoes. The beauty professionals also host makeup lessons and workshops in which students learn colors, products, and application tips for their specific features.
The multitalented stylists and aestheticians at Dream Beauty Supply & Spa beautify almost any part of their clients’ bodies with a long list of services. In addition to administering stylish cuts, they smooth unruly hair with keratin treatments and add body with permanent waves. Facials leave countenances radiant, whereas makeup applications make cheeks rosier than Mary Poppins’s demeanor. A full menu of waxing options removes unwanted fuzz from all areas of the body. After they’ve had their natural loveliness amplified, customers can admire their reflections in the salon’s gleaming hardwood floors or browse an ample selection of hair, makeup, and beauty products.
Flora graduated from the Mr. Goodbye School of Cosmetology, a Russian-Canadian institution. Certified by Vidal Sassoon, as well as the Bumble and bumble Academy, Flora studied Schwarzkopf color and spent more than a decade honing her skills at Carlton Hair International as a mentor and manager. Now a business owner, Flora continues to craft new 'dos with haircuts, color, and highlights. She also nourishes locks with conditioner, sculpts waves and curls with perms, and arranges hair into updos. In addition to molding manes, she shapes brows into beautiful arches to support the forehead as it wrinkles under the ever-increasing weight of reality.
"I too used to look in the mirror every day and fumble with my hair, wishing there was a solution to my hair loss. I get it," says Ark Sardarov. But gone are those days, since Ark teamed up with a stylist and cosmetologist to found DesignX Hair Creations, a company of which he is now the president and CEO. His crew helps men, women, and children bulk up their plumage with both nonsurgical human hair systems and topical medicines. They pride themselves in treating every customer like a member of the family—with respect, with understanding, and with slide shows of trips to the Grand Canyon.