All salon service providers are not created equal. That's why Drew James Aveda Lifestyle Salon Spas enlists only Aveda Institute graduates, putting them through an advanced training program before making them work their way up a three-tier ranking system. This emphasis on high-quality staff—coupled with an exclusive selection of plant-based Aveda products—lures clients in for services ranging from basic haircuts to thermal straightening to rosemary-mint body wraps. The salon and spa also adds special touches to many of its treatments, including a complimentary stress-relieving scalp treatment and makeup touchup with each hair service. Both locations feature a wall of mirrors and trendy styling chairs, as well as Aveda tea for clients to sip on while thumbing through style portfolios or folding magazines into swans somehow.
Beauty of Wax has banished unwanted body hair with waxing services in a clean and relaxed environment for 17 years. During that time, the salon has developed a specialty for the meticulous task of sculpting eyebrows. Using natural beeswax, the staff remove stray hairs to frame the eyes and stop constant comparisons to Groucho Marx. They retain the same attention to detail when waxing any portion of the body or applying Swarovski-cut crystals to the bikini zone. Using techniques such as cavitation, vacuum therapy, passive gymnastics, radio-frequency therapy, and body wrapping, in addition to an array of facials and relaxing massage services, won the spot the Hollywood Gazette's 2010 award for Best Place to Be Pampered.
B-True Organics's formidable skincare boutique has a lot in common with the produce section of a grocery store. Products are crafted with botanicals such as fennel, grapefruit, or mango, and they're almost pure enough to eat. That's because every pH-balanced shampoo, body lotion, and eye shadow contains no harsh chemicals and is never tested on animals or particularly hairy coconuts. In addition to their in-house line of products, B-True Organics carries brands such as Dr. Bronner's, ilike, and Spa Ritual. B-True's respectable menu of spa services lets customers put its products to the test in private treatment rooms as they receive organic facials or massages that draw from Hawaiian and Balinese techniques.
Institute of Health Services's experienced technicians harness the power of high-powered light beams to clear up unsightly skin botherations, including unwanted hair, spider veins, wrinkles, and acne. The pulsed light of photofacial treatments works to tighten up enlarged pores and wrinkles, as well as ease away redness. MicroLaser peels slough off dead skin cells on the face with the hopes of diminishing the evidence of scars, pigmentation, fine lines, and face-painted reminders to pay utility bills left by roommates.
Salon Sixta beautifies bodies from mop top to toe tip with Shellac mani-pedis, keratin hair treatments, and soothing facials. Specializing in nails, the staff can airbrush chic designs onto talons, finishing off sessions with polishes ranging from CND's Shellac to Axxium's gel lacquer. Team members also prepare clients for the beach with body-waxing sessions, tanning treatments, and advice on how to tactfully interact with envious mermaids.
Each member of Stript Wax Bar's staff specializes in waxing, using top-shelf waxing products and artful technique to efficiently strip away hair. Technicians ensure cleanliness through a strict no-double-dipping policy, clearing away hair as guests lounge in soothing environs.