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.
Winners of multiple awards from Local10.com, the stylists at Xanadu Salon & Spa maintain a beauty oasis, a stress-free haven where they pamper guests with everything from hair and nail care to facials and massages. Some are licensed Aveda Institute graduates who tame tresses with an arsenal of products, including Aveda, Paul Mitchell, and Pureology. As delicious as they are effective, their chocolate or milk and honey body scrubs help reduce the appearance of cellulite while softening skin. In addition to keeping skin healthy, technicians also help bods look their sharpest with airbrush makeup, eyelash extensions, and tanning services.
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.
Since 1974, Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers' dedicated instructors have edified spa and salon hopefuls in the tricks of the beauty-boosting trade. Under the watchful eye of a seasoned professional, each soon-to-be beautician performs a variety of services on visitors to earn the certification of a license massage therapist or the gilded epaulettes of an aesthetician. At both the Hollywood and Miami Beach locations, clients can help students achieve their goals by simply indulging in rejuvenating facials, stylish cuts and colors, and relaxing rubdowns.
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.
Signature Service: Jet Clear with Stem facial
Brands Used: I use my own proprietary blends.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 11
Sometimes the little things make all the difference. Do you bake any supplementary services into your main services?
I supplement my main services with LED light therapy and 24K nano-gold collagen gel masks.
What are some of your most popular services? What do you think clients love them so much?
I customize my treatments according to my clients' needs. I like to do combination treatments. The reason my clients love them so much is that they see results immediately. All my treatments are very result-oriented.
Do you use any products or brands you're particularly proud of? What makes them uniquely effective?
Having my own proprietary blends, I'm consistently striving to create better products by using the best and, in some cases, very exclusive ingredients, such as the Swiss apple stem-cell extract. I'm also very proud of the edelweiss stem cell with advanced technologies, such as nanotechnology.