Don’t let the pink-accented walls, draped white curtains, and ultramodern chandelier fool you: New Hair Concept’s vibe is as mellow as they come. That’s because the staff strives to create a relaxing environment for clients who come in for hair, nail, or skin services—they even offer snacks and beverages. Clients will also find comfort in a complimentary consultation before stylists dive into haircuts, highlights, extensions, or blowouts that leave hair prepped for a night out or a night in reenacting Elvis movies. The staff also provides mani-pedis, facials, and eyebrow-shaping treatments.
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.
At Stella Stratta Esthetics International, aesthetician and owner Stella Stratta works to correct virtually all skin concerns, from wrinkles and dark spots to unwanted hair and cellulite. To do so, she uses professional Exel skincare spa products culled from Argentina’s Patagonia region, a remote area unspoiled by the modern world’s ubiquitous chemicals and rival jetpack gangs.
In addition to fielding skin concerns, she also beautifies exteriors with clothing, jewelry, and accessories from her boutique. It stocks belts, shawls, and woven leather wallets—each crafted from Argentine designers.
For the aestheticians at Fion's Beauty, each finger or toenail is like a tiny canvas. After trimming and buffing nails, they paint on vibrant polish in solid colors or with designs such as intricate flower petals. They might also add glitter, or maybe color every nail a different shade—just so clients can match anyone's outfit when they shake hands. This attention to detail and beauty extends to their other services, during which the team sculpts eyebrows and waxes away unwanted hair for both men and women, using disposable tools for optimal hygiene.
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.
Drama Studio's workspace is striking with its lime-green walls and black accents. And so are the custom looks the studio's create for each client. Waxing, manicures, and makeup application are among the salon's services, and the staff's specialties include applying vivid Redken hair color, formaldehyde-free keratin straightening treatments, and Aqua hair extensions.