At Belleza Salon & Spa, Melanie Menendez's dedication to skincare comes from the heart. For years, she suffered from adult acne due to an undiagnosed dairy allergy. When she learns about her clients' skincare needs, her reaction is "I know how you feel. I will fix you and help you achieve your goals." Her psychology degree is then put to use as she reads each client's personality to determine what they want out of the treatment: whether a social, interactive experience or a peaceful retreat.
To gain an understanding of their holistic skin health, Melanie checks in with clients about what they're eating, the products they use at home, and whether they use shortening as sunscreen. From there, she customizes blends of organic Sanitas skincare products, a line created in Boulder, Colorado, that uses ingredients such as healing vitamin C to create lustrous complexions. While she performs the facials, clients can enjoy soothing spa or pop music and the quirky, inviting decor—some rooms include photos of Audrey Hepburn and polka-dot details, and others are covered with zebra print or bright colors.
Cashmere Salon and Day Spa refers to its clients as the Cashmere family, a fitting pseudonym both because of the facility's welcoming atmosphere and because the beauty haven is arguably large enough to actually be a second home. From within a spacious interior, staff members perform almost every traditional beautifying service known to the industry. In addition to a selection of essential hair, nail, and skin services, the seemingly unending menu includes specialized treatments such as extensions, keratin treatments, brow tinting, and individual lash extensions, as well as more long-term fixes such as laser hair removal and nonsurgical face-lifts. The spa even offers injectables such as Dysport, Botox, and Juvéderm for those who want to turn back the hands of time instead of trying to slow them down with a secret handshake.
"I'm an artist and I started out in cosmetics … I just really enjoy helping people look great," says Alichia Ryan. Whether it is through the application of Extreme Lashes extensions, makeup, or an Infinity Sun airbrush tan, Alichia takes joy in enhancing appearances and boosting confidence levels. She has been a licensed aesthetician since 1997 and once owned her own Merle Norman studio outside of Los Angeles. Always learning about the latest beauty techniques and technologies, she holds certifications in microdermabrasion and permanent cosmetics, as well as an endorsement for Ad Vinci teeth whitening from the Vitruvius Man.
The Hollywood Body Laser Center revamps appearances with its signature Red Carpet line of skincare products and slew of beautifying services. Its team of certified and trained aestheticians use noninvasive laser energy and radio frequencies to help remove an array of unwanted blemishes, including spider veins, body hair, wrinkles, and acne. They administer FDA-approved VelaShape treatments designed to evict patches of cellulite and inject stubborn wrinkles with Botox and Juvéderm formulas that can help send crow's feet back to the nest to do what they do best: give the thumbs-ups to baby crows who just caught their first worm.
Unpeel P.C.'s medical director and founder, Dr. Laura Darby, and her staff bolster beauty and maintain health with a combination of Eastern and Western practices, such as herbal medicine, energy work, aromatherapy, age management medicine, functional medicine, food sensitivity testing, weight management, holistic internal medicine, and aesthetic services, such as skin care and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. She really focuses on getting to know a patient, as evidenced by her detailed consultations before any aesthetic procedure as well as her integrative-medicine, anti-aging, and weight-management consultations that supplement educational classes and seminars. Dr. Darby customizes any experience by asking questions and individualizing treatment plans for each patient. Dr. Darby personally performs or directly supervises all of Unpeel P.C.'s services.
After beginning to adopt more environmentally conscious practices in their personal lives, hairstylists Joy and Jeremy realized how hard the salon atmosphere could be on Mother Nature and set out to open their own eco-friendly salon. Their salon's open floor plan, organized into chic styling stations and suffused in natural light from numerous surrounding windows, highlights bright modern salon furniture, all of which is reused. In addition to the décor, their green reach expands to the salon's all-natural styling products and energy-efficient, retractable blow dryers, which dangle from the ceiling like a paratrooper after a poorly executed landing. Their resident aestheticians, nail techs, and massage therapists dole out the salon's expansive menu of services, pampering clients with custom facials, head-to-toe waxing treatments, and relaxing mani-pedis.