Consistency is the name of the game at The Academy of Beauty. Every year, the academy's experienced instructors churn out masterful cosmetologists skilled in haircuts, skincare, and waxing services. The students don't bury their faces in books to sharpen their skills, though. They practice on real-world clients instead of napping alley cats and use their on-the-job experience to gain confidence when performing cuts or other treatments. Academy of Beauty’s aesthetic treatments run the gamut from waxing to acne-fighting facials, while salon services shape and color hair.
The nondescript building along a construction-addled stretch of Venice Boulevard may look sparse on the outside, but patrons stepping through the front door of Tranquility Spa will find an oasis. Clients can get one of a plethora of rub-downs here, ranging from the deep tissue work of a sports massage to the stress-relieving hot stone or hot oil options. Tranquility is also known for its waxes, which cover everything from upper lip to Brazilian, and its menu of facials, including a 75-minute vitamin C treatment. Early bird specials and hours that keep the spa open well into the evening make Tranquility Spa a local favorite.
Since 1995, the stylists at Sol Salon have harnessed extensive training to shear and primp shaggy manes into sleek perfection. Conditioning and smoothing treatments with organic Eufora serums rein in flyaways, and custom coloring using Matrix and Davines products helps life-size troll dolls go incognito. Hair whisperers also elongate locks using Extend Tube extensions, which clamp to natural strands via tiny metal tubes for long-lasting length. The salon's high ceilings, plum and orange accents, and creamy leather stylists' chairs embrace clients with a hip and colorful environment.
Vanity Fair says “A-listers swear by [it],” while US Weekly reported catching Hilary Swank and Busy Philipps at the spa. The reason for this celebrity clientele is simple—owner Jodi Shays was born to remove hair. The British aesthetician and waxing specialist reminisces on her website about her childhood, saying her mother thought she was crazy for shaving her legs at the tender age of eight. Years later, Shay found herself practicing waxing on herself and her willing girlfriends, before a friend and mentor finally convinced her to make her hobby a career. Thus, Queen Bee Salon & Spa was born. Shay has decorated each of her two locations with an eclectic collection of thrift-store finds, giving the already comfortable space a chic feel. Waxing is clearly the Queen Bee's specialty; the troupe uses a soft Italian wax to strip hair from every inch of the body, from The Full Monty (a Brazilian wax) to The De Bergerac, which removes nostril hair. Yet, the spa has also earned a reputation for its Epicuren and Sanitas facials, diamond-tipped microdermbrasion treatments, and organic-based airbrush tans that carry the light scent of cherry-almond. For a real pampering session, guests can head to the private mani-pedi suite. Flanked by bright white walls and flat-screen TVs, the room provides the perfect escape, especially once you add in the stack of gossip magazines, a glass of champagne, and, if your lucky, one of Shay's homemade baked goods.
Today’s side deal brings magnificent punctuation to your look with a $150 makeup-application experience with makeup artist Courtney Corvan for $45. Having worked with more than 40 celebrities and touching all of their famous faces with her human hands, Courtney will deliver exquisite cosmetic results, Flair eyelashes, and bragging rights among your adoring public.