In a brightly lit studio surrounded by leafy plants and colorful wall art, Epitome Salon's expert aestheticians spruce up skin and clarify faces using Ayur-Medic beauty products. Faces dulled from anteater impersonations can de-stress and distill themselves of impurities with an Epitome facial, which employs an oxygen-infusing concoction that's suitable for most skin types, except those that are acne-prone. Alternatively, the microdermabrasion starts with a thorough cleansing before scrubbing away stagnant cells. Finally, faces are festooned with a calming mask and a moisture treatment to leave skin as new and youthful as a freshly hatched dolphin cub.
Vinita Vineet, owner of Vinita's Beauty & Threading Studio, hails from India, bringing Eastern depilation techniques to the West Coast. She and her staff of trained threading experts whisk hair from men's and women's faces, creating perfectly shaped brows, silky upper lips, and cheeks that are smoother than a newly polished bowling lane. For body parts south of the face, they rely on waxing treatments to remove unwanted hair. Artistically applied henna tattoos adorn arms, legs, and décolletage; henna is also used to tint hair.
At Drybar, a pair of scissors or hair-coloring foil is nowhere to be found. That?s because the business?s founder, Alli Webb, opened the shop strictly for blowouts after her in-home business skyrocketed. Featured extensively in the media, each of the more than 25 white-hued, airy shops revolves around a center bar where customers sit for around 45 minutes as stylists blow-dry, straighten, and curl their hair. From a menu booklet, clients select a cocktail-themed hairstyle, such as The Mai Tai, which imparts beachy waves, and The Manhattan, which streamlines locks with a sleek finish that mimics the straight lines of downtown New York and can be outfitted with a tiny doorman who hails cabs for you. The staff at Drybar also crafts updos, travels on location for an additional fee, offers high-end products and tools available for purchase, and tallies bar tabs so that customers can pay for multiple blowouts at once.
Juan A Salon's subtle, southwestern-style decor surrounds stylists as they craft new 'dos with haircuts, color, and keratin treatments. They practice their craft at cozy stations furnished with distressed-wooden mirrors and cabinets, where they stow their products and lock up their fear of scissors. Exposed beams support a wooden ceiling, and a crystal chandelier and an elegant wall sconce illuminate polished terracotta-colored floors.
One way to get shiny, healthy-looking hair is to drink eight glasses of water a day, eat copious amounts of fruits and vegetables, and never step outdoors into the wind and air pollution. Or, you could visit Christopher Takahashi Hair Studio for a gloss treatment, which boosts shine and ensures highlights aren't brassy, or for a deep-conditioning treatment, which infuses dry locks with moisture. A regular haircut by one of the salon's stylists gets rid of split ends.