At Urban Butterfly, eyelash designer and skincare specialist Leslie Alderette enhances beauty with masterful eyelash-extension applications, waxing and threading, and facial treatments. Her background as a jewelry artist gives her a well-trained eye for fashion and beauty, as well as experience working with tiny fibers, which she draws on while delicately affixing each lash extension piece by piece.
Eagle Rock’s The Garden Spa’T takes a holistic approach to everyday spa care in Los Angeles. Housed in one of this suburb’s many Craftsman homes-turned-independent-businesses that overlook bustling Colorado Boulevard, this simple day spa feels homey and comforting to all that enter. The intimate space offers a scent of flowers and herbs, while the wooden furnishings and wrought iron decorations balance the amber colored walls. Garden Spa’T offers facials, peels, waxes, skin polishing and specialty treatments, plus a complimentary skin analysis. Using a range of organic skincare lines, the spa is good at matching clients to the products that are best for their skin type and budget.
Beauty Utopia in Eagle Rock offers facials and more, all from inside a former Craftsman home in Los Angeles’ Eagle Rock neighborhood. The shop uses Eminence Organic Skin Care products made from organic fruit, vegetables and herbs to produce clean, healthy, vibrant skin. The products are also stuffed with antioxidants and vitamins to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne, loss of elasticity and vitality. While treatment options vary, each facial includes a skin analysis, deep cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, steam, customized mask and a general massage, while sitting in one of the colorful facial rooms. Beauty Utopia also offers several waxing options and eyelash extensions to help round out the perfect look.
Dr. Martin Stepanyan and his team of doctors helm a highly trained staff, including surgical assistants and registered nurses, at Stepanyan Surgical Arts Center, who sculpt and beautify clients’ physiques with surgical procedures and comprehensive skincare. Stepanyan’s staff members dole out individualized attention as they build a rapport with each patient, allowing the doctors to customize treatments and fine-tune inside jokes. Beauty seekers can opt to redraw topography with an expertly administered rhinoplasty or dermal fillers, or they can choose to improve skin quality by choosing from a retail selection of professional-strength products, including Obagi skincare and Latisse eyelash-enhancing serum.
At Pristine Nails & Spa, nail technicians enhance fingers and toes with a full spectrum of mani-pedi services. Clients can sink into cushy pedicure thrones as the techs buff away rough calluses and file toenails before adorning them with colorful polish. Nail artists lavish similar treatment on hands, but they can also top pointers with acrylics, french tips, or chip-resistant gel polish. On the spa half of the salon, aestheticians soften complexions during European facials and lather skin with warm wax to strip away unwanted hair or pasted-on dryer lint from the brows, legs, and bikini line.
Skin makes sense to Avant Esthetics Skin Solutions founder Alina Karoyan. Not only is she a master aesthetician with almost two decades of experience, but she's also a biologist. She combines her study of skincare serums and treatments with her study of science to tackle skin issues including rosacea, acne, and fine lines.
During the Ultrasonic facial, she employs the titular device to deliver vibrations that boost blood circulation and whisk away dead skin cells. She tones skin with the help of LED lights during signature facials and unclogs pores with peels during acne-clarifying facials. Alina also removes unwanted hair with waxing services and helps clients burn calories with infrared detox and slimming treatments, which is a more effective calorie-burning method than setting donuts on fire.