Thick, red, floral-print cushions top a purple bench looking down at the pedicure stations where feet luxuriate in warm, bubbling water. Nearby, a glossy spectrum of OPI and Essie polishes sit poised on white cubed shelves, ready to lay claim to newly groomed nails. While guests relax amid the modern décor at Polish Nail Salon, licensed and trained nail technicians clean and shape nails before lacquering them in glossy hues and Shellac polishes, which won't chip for up to 14 days, no matter how much the anxious person in the airplane seat next to you chews on them. The staff also gussies up faces with eyebrow shaping and eyelash extensions.
Seven days a week, the stylists at L.A. Vista Salon tend to the hair of anyone who wanders into their shop, which is located right on the outskirts of University City. Although it specializes in treatments such as lock maintenance, coils, and interlocks, the team is proficient in nearly all types of hair services. L.A. Vista Salon also offers clients a range of nailcare services that include basic manicures, pedicures, and Shellac treatments that use a special type of polish that resists chips and nibbling squirrels for up to 14 days.
Dina Alon's beauty industry experience spans 27 years and encompasses both hair and makeup artistry. After studying at The Vidal Sassoon Academy, she has managed to put together an impressive resume: she's done make-up for numerous celebrities, including Nicolette Sheridan of Desperate Housewives, Joan Rivers, and Patty Duke. She's also powdered noses for programs such as FOX's NFL Under the Helmet, PBS's Christina Cooks, and Lifetime's Denise Austin, and she's worked as a hair and make-up artist for the QVC shopping network for 13 years. Dina now leads a team of stylists at her own salon. Guided by her experience, these trained artists nourish and sculpt tresses with products by Kerastase and Oribe.
When Dr. Watson founded Vivify Medical, he wanted to create a clinic that used preventative methods to enhance its clients’ quality of life rather than waiting to treat symptoms once they become sick. Today, his staff keeps this motto in mind while administering physician-grade services, such as a variety of weight-loss-management programs, addiction-related treatments, and bio-identical hormone therapy that aims to slow signs of aging. In addition to medical services, the clinic assuages skin with aesthetic treatments including microdermabrasion and chemical peels.
Timeless Sage's holistic healers tune the mind, body, and spirit with spa treatments that incorporate Chinese therapy techniques. During massages, therapists coat clients in botanical-infused GP Deva skincare products, then work over backs using the techniques of Swedish, deep-tissue, and other modalities. These sessions can also incorporate jade-stone therapy, during which smooth green orbs glide over the back, refreshing the body with alternating bursts of heat and cold, like a shower set to shuffle. Certified lash specialists plump up lid fringe with customized synthetic or mink lashes, which are individually bonded onto the original lashes. The center even treats nonhuman stress, performing equestrian bodywork based on a gentle, intuitive technique known as the Masterson Method.
Karen Laing has followed her love for beautification down many paths, including attending school for aesthetician studies, acting as both beauty queen and pageant judge, and her current profession as a permanent-makeup artist. She meticulously draws on individual eyebrow strokes or enhances peepers with permanent eyeliner with the experience that comes not only from her extensive training, but also from having permanent makeup herself. In addition to makeup, Karen also individually bonds synthetic eyelashes to natural ones to create more lush and dramatic blinks, and treats signs of aging with wrinkle-reduction, sunspot-reduction, and other anti-aging therapies.