The cuticle curators at Wet Paint Nail Spa transform hands and feet with their thorough manicure and pedicure services, catching the attention of Stuff Magazine, which bestowed the salon with the Best Claws award in 2010, and Boston.com, which honored them with the title of Best Mani/Pedi the same year. Calculate new digits with the classic manicure, which begins by subtracting cuticles and hangnails from finger equations. Hands achieve softness with a lotion-fueled massage and a dip in a bowl of duckling down before nails get coated with a choice of polish. Warm feet with a steamed-towel treatment during the classic pedicure, where technicians trim and shape toe talons back into calligraphy-writing condition. Dry, rough skin gets evicted with a thorough sole scrub, and cuticles will be tamed to make room for incoming polish deposits.
The cosmetic clinicians at Essentially Bare rely on a combination of lasers and pharmaceutical-grade products to correct a range of skin issues. Their Lumenis laser has cleared hair from more than 8,000 clients and a dozen former werewolves, and the Q-switched Spectra lasers can erase unwanted tattoos in half the normal amount of treatments required and in shorter intervals between treatments than traditional laser tattoo removal. Additionally, the Spectra lasers effectively target most ink colors, resulting in a significantly lightened or completely erased tattoo in a short time frame.
Before administering any treatments, staff members demonstrate their commitment to personalized care by thoroughly analyzing clients' skin. Essentially Bare also provides physician-only skin care with peels and facials featuring professional brands, such as Obagi, SkinCeuticals and Image Skincare, to ward off wrinkles, redness, and acne. Overall, they offer a wide variety of services such as laser hair removal, Botox and fillers, IPL photo facials, spider vein removal, and more.
Although it's not an NFL place kicker's living room, Mozi Foot Spa pays tons of attention to the feet and happens to air sports games on its flat-screen TVs. The staff pays ample attention to kicking tools by using ancient Chinese reflexology techniques—massage therapists apply their kneading techniques to the feet, stimulating blood circulation and promoting detoxification. They enhance foot-spa treatments with soothing soaks that include the relaxing power of jets and a steam, followed by a bunny spooning with your ankle. The massage therapists also help guests relax with a variety of bodywork, including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages.
The salon's decor promotes serenity as much as the services. Plush off-white treatment love seats are divided by flowing white curtains, and pink flowers loom overhead.
HLC specializes in advanced laser technology used by experienced technicians. Evict stubble and banish bodily fuzz with laser hair removal, or choose from a wide array of skin-settling services. The ultrasonic facial stimulates collagen using a negative ionic current, while Lumi/LED phototherapy increases turnover of cells—improving skin pigmentation, alleviating acne, and producing a glow previously seen only in honeymooning fireflies. Call to schedule your appointment.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand—despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase—is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.
Licensed aesthetician and massage therapist BZ refreshes mugs with Dermalogica products from inside Novita Salon and Spa. She also cleans up bodies during waxing services and evaporates stress using Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point massage techniques.