Brenda Miller, licensed aesthetician and owner of Face West Skin Care, uses only glo therapeutics skincare products during her facial treatments. She has pledged allegiance to this brand due to its potent ingredients and thoughtful omission of parabens, dyes, and superglue. In addition to classic European facials, peels, and microdermabrasion treatments, Brenda also offers microcurrent facelifts, LED light therapy, and waxing.
Groom for Men is a 2007 Best of Citysearch Hair Salon guided by the expert eye and skilled hands of original owner Theri DeJoode, whose studies took her to Vidal Sassoon and back again. The salon's talented staff of barbettes take modern styles and apply them to classic men's heads with a detailed cut and styling (up to $46) compounded by the soothing treatment of deep shampooing and conditioning, scalp massage, a neck and shoulder rub, brow and ear trimming, and a smooth neck shave. Reinvention blossoms from the shoulders up as gentlemen's cranial silhouettes become eye-catchingly dapper and their cheeks become positively edible to the adoring kisses of household pets.
Physician-owned and operated, Healthy Image Physicians reverts visages to more youthful appearances using quick, noninvasive techniques. During a 10-minute Botox treatment, technicians inject a specially formulated serum to undo frown lines by blocking nerve impulses around wrinkled foreheads, smoothing between-brow mountain ranges into level, prairie-like skinscapes. The FDA-approved injection delivers results within a few days without the need for recovery or downtime, and its effects can last for up to four months. Juvéderm XC ($500–$575 per syringe, treatments usually require one to four syringes) fills in facial folds around the mouth and nose with a smooth, consistent gel treated with hydrating hyaluronic acid, which promotes a fresh, vibrant complexion and eschews the need to steam press stubborn crow’s feet. Visit Healthy Image Physicians' website for answers to frequently asked questions.
Growing up, Lindsay Kamphuis would grab perm rods and supplies for her hairstylist mother while watching her process up close. At Lindsay Styles—inside B'Lovely salon—Kamphuis brings her childhood dream of following in her mother's footsteps to life. Her extensive services include haircuts and color, styling and updos, keratin smoothing treatments, and gel-polish manicures.
In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right—within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services—from foundation checks to express facials—allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.
The stylists and aestheticians at the full-service Salon West and Body Works Spa aim to make clients feel beautiful, empowered, and worthy of every minute of pampering. They perform a variety of services to help purge minds and bodies of impurities, from microcurrent facials to acne-clearing scrubs. The salon’s master stylists shampoo and blow-dry hair before sculpting it into busts of George Washington, and steady-handed nail technicians tend to hands and feet with luxurious manicures and pedicures.