The aesthetic specialists at VOGA salonspa understand that beauty routines can become daunting, especially when hair and skin don't always cooperate. That's why they take the stress out of the client's hands with their top-to-bottom services—and professional products from Eminence Organic Skin Care and Bumble and bumble. Along with haircare and styling for men and women, they offer rejuvenating facials, chemical peels, and airbrush tanning.
The label all natural isn't lip service at Aveda. Bound by its mission to "care for the world," the company has created strictly selective criteria for what goes into its products. The most notable rule: 50% of every ingredient's molecular weight must come from a plant, a nonpetroleum mineral, or inorganic matter obtained exclusively from sustainable sources. Though the dedicated stylists and aestheticians at Bokaos may not be the ones fiddling with chemistry sets to formulate these eco-friendly products, they do stand by them 100% during every service.
For instance, hairstylists revamp outmoded styles with color formulas made from 99% natural ingredients, and they add bounce and movement to strands with Aveda retexturing systems enriched with certified organic ylang ylang. Meanwhile, aestheticians beautify skin with an array of facials and body treatments that use exfoliating salt glows culled from the Dead Sea, as well as plant-based waxing services augmented with skin-soothing essential oils. Once hair and skin is prepped, makeup artists swoop in to finish the look, melding a special foundation with water before applying it to faces with an airbrush, hiding blemishes, skin discoloration, and Sharpie’d chemistry notes for up to 20 hours.
The Factory Studio is the end result of the high-flung aspirations shared by two eccentric salon veterans. Every day, stylist and musician Alfonso Afanador teams up with makeup artist and singer Nina Lares Fetter to lead a team of industry experts in the quest for aesthetic excellence. Team members combine their skill sets to perform hair services, makeup services, facials and peels, and waxing sessions. They also supercharge the salon by hosting occasional art exhibitions and allowing the resident DJ to soundtrack haircutting sessions with songs that encourage toe tapping, rather than head bobbing.
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.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Aveda one-hour elemental nature facial
Brands Used: Aveda
Pro Tip: Cell phones should be silenced in order to have a peaceful environment for self and other guest.
GlamMe Beauty Studio’s team travel to homes, places of work, and dentists’ offices to pamper clients. They also work at 11 salons in LA and surrounding areas. Stylists cut hair, magically grow hair with extensions, and embellish strands with semipermanent color and highlights. They also beautify nails during mani-pedis, wax away fuzz on faces, and add drama to peepers with eyelash extensions.