To permanently spruce up faces, Eylsa Ross blends clinical skill with artistry that's landed her work on celebrity mugs, television, and the pages of Shape, Real Simple, and InStyle magazines. In her experienced hands, which have dusted the faces of Matthew Perry and Christine Baranski, brows become bolder and lips become fuller. Elysa's work isn't limited to faces however; mastectomy patients rely on her for repigmentation.
Elysa also exposes complexions' natural glows with peels, microdermabrasion, and candelabra hats. She applies makeup to prep façades for weddings and events and hosts private parties.In addition to being an official Laura Mercier makeup artist, Elysa is a medical aesthetician in plastic surgery and dermatology offices. She started out by training with Pamela Taylor––who's made up the famous faces of the Rolling Stones and Billy Joel––and apprenticed with Laura Geller herself, whose line of cosmetics bears her name in stores across the nation.
The barbers and master barbers at Kennedy's believe that gentlemen should be able to walk into an authentic barbershop and feel a sense of belonging. To that end, they work to perfect the art of essential grooming services, while also offering a bit of luxury. The Kennedy's experience begins in the waiting area, where patrons receive a complimentary drink—coffee, beer, water, or soda—to enjoy with a newspaper, magazine, or a harrowing tale from the shop's resident deep-sea fisherman.
After a shampoo and a conditioning scalp massage, the specialists perform signature haircuts that conclude with straight-razor edging, a neck-and-shoulder massage, and a hot towel. Straight-razor shaves employ 30 meticulous steps¬ to ensure that each face is cleansed, shaved, and protected: each begins with preshave oil to help the razor glide across the skin, followed by warm lather applied with a brush, two passes with a straight razor, and a moisturizing aftershave. In-chair upgrades include a gent's wax to remove ear and nose hairs, a gent's mini facial to cleanse and nourish skin, and a MANicure to remove all traces of motor oil from giving the car its 3,000-mile massage.
If the diversity of the spa services in her repertoire is any measure, licensed aesthetician Julia Ostro’s beauty skills are singularly well-rounded. She draws on the power of natural botanicals and carefully calibrated cosmeceuticals to cleanse and perfect skin. Ostro customizes facials and peels using products from brands such as Vivant Pharmaceuticals. Services can be enhanced with add-ons, including galvanic treatments that help facials go the extra mile toward creating firm, scientifically literate skin. Natural nutrients from green clay and seaweed enrich body wraps and nourish skin during relaxing 60- to 90-minute treatments. To care for bodies and calm minds, she also offers private Hatha yoga sessions.
LA Hair’s Lucy Araujo has more than a decade of experience as a stylist. During that time, she has primped the hair of celebrities and people who don’t have to hide from cameras and superfast portrait painters. Her training background spans from Miami to Orlando to New York, and she is educated in color lines such as Wella, Matrix, Paul Mitchell, and John Amico. In recent years, Lucy has worked to incorporate organic products into her services, including organic color.
At In The Grove Hair Studio, master stylist and color specialist Annette Filippini uses only organic color products, whether framing faces with highlights or massaging conditioner into scalps. Logging over 20 years of experience in the industry, she combines those environmentally friendly products with their own artistic eye, creating modern styles for men, women, and unkempt Treasure Trolls.
At ilash n Dash, treatments extend beyond basic beauty needs, literally. The staff adheres hair and eyelash extensions that add length and fullness. They use silk and mink synthetic lashes that are attached with pharmaceutical-grade adhesive. The spa staffers also smooth frizz with keratin treatments, and remove dead skin cells with micro peels and microdermabrasion treatments.