As a girl of just 13 or 14, Amita perched in her aunts’ hair salon and watched with fascination as they snipped clients’ tresses. Today, Amita still watches the flash of scissors, but now they are in the hands of skilled stylists in her own salon.
Amita bustles through the shop, mixing honey, sugar, and lemon to create her own wax for hair-removal treatments, her specialty. She also mixes her own all-natural henna paste for embellishing hands and feet with elaborate whorls and loops. This attentiveness to the products used in her salon, combined with more than a quarter century of experience in the industry, has led Amita to insist that her stylists wield quality elixirs from Paul Mitchell and Biolage. The salon’s skincare specialists employ Repêchage products to renew visages wrinkled from a lifetime of frowning at a Rubik’s cube.
Tattoo artist Mario Barth has a long way since his difficult beginnings. Mario grew up in Austria at a time when tattooing wasn't just taboo, it was completely illegal. Despite numerous obstacles, he pursued his passion for the art form. His hard work paid off; he's since become a world-renowned artist and winner of more than 200 international awards. In addition to these accolades, Mario works with celebrities such as Lenny Kravitz and Sylvester Stallone. So, founding Starlight Tattoo might seem like a footnote in his storied history, but he still hand selects every artist the employs.?
Natural light floods through the salon's floor-to-ceiling windows onto cozy leather sofas and lush hardwood floors. Further into the space, hanging plants are situated at individual cutting stations, where owner Peggie and her skilled stylists have been transforming the tresses of downtown Westwood for more than 20 years with their 25th Anniversary coming up on July 27, 2014. Clients can solicit Patti, Jamie, or Tracy for elegant Matrix highlights or defrizz unruly hair with Dawn, who's certified in keratin straightening treatments. The staffers can also nix unflattering fuzz from upper lips, chins, and bionic metal limbs during personal waxing sessions.