Lorine Mikhaeil leads a busy life. A trained nurse and a certified permanent makeup artist, she helms Organic Permanent Makeup (OPM) as well as Zena Day Spa, Derma Blush, and American Permanent Cosmetics Institute. But no matter how busy Lorine gets, she always takes her time with her clients.
At OPM, Lorine uses a semi-permanent organic ink to expertly define brows, lips, eyelids, and even areolas for those affected by breast cancer. This metal-free formulation gives her greater control when she is applying the ink into the upper dermal layer. During these treatments, Lorine uses an advanced power pin and for brows a specialized hairbrush stroke method that she invented herself, which gives the illusion of 3D brow strands. To ensure clients are inked with complementing colors, Lorine refers to the Fitzpatrick skin type chart to make sure brows match their skin tone and auras.
Though OPM's name focuses on one service, the boutique spa's menu is brimming with a range of other aesthetic treatments. Strands stand no chance against OPM's three hair removal systems, which include waxing, threading, and laser hair removal. Alternately, dermal fillers and microdermabrasions keep complexions firm and looking younger than a toddler holding a newborn dolphin.
May, the owner and head aesthetician at Aida Grey Brentwood, is a “waxing godsend” who “believes it’s all about service,” according to DailyCandy. In addition to the heralded waxing, May offers electrolysis, threading, a range of facials, and a signature skincare line.
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.
DeeDee Heidarian, once named "Most Merciful Bikini Waxer" by Marie Claire magazine, brings more than 20 years of aesthetics experience to her hair-removal, body, and beauty treatments. Television reporters, Hollywood stuntwomen, and Cousin Itt impersonators alike trust her deft hands to depilate their stubbly parts or rejuvenate their skin with products by Jan Marini, Yon-ka, Dermalogica, and Jane Iredale.
Owner Aida and the trained staff of The Thread Bar espouse an ancient hair-removal technique: an expert twists and rolls a pure cotton thread across the client's skin, entwining a number of strands before plucking them out. Not only does this create minimal discomfort while removing hairs?especially when compared to using wax or aggressively tweezing?but the greatly enhanced sense of control allows the technician to shape eyebrows and quickly de-fuzz lips with ease. Their methods have garnered a loyal client base along with more than a few celebrity faces.
While its methods are time-tested, the atmosphere at The Thread Bar is decidedly modern. The beauty spot encourages patrons to savor its social environment before and after their appointments. Surrounded by pink and black walls, the intimate space features several service stations as well as a bar-like area where guests can chat or log onto the complimentary Wi-Fi.
As a practitioner of the Aveda arts, Kriza Aveda Salon Spa stocks its shelves, cosmetic counters, and salon stations with natural, botanical serums and salves. To pamper clients, the staff peppers each service with luxurious flair—stylists treat guests to a head, neck, shoulder, and hand massage with every haircut, before touching up makeup for ladies. Between appointments, they’ll even trim up bangs to keep cuts stylish or keep head hair from weaving itself into eyelashes. In addition to applying makeup for brides or for special occasions, makeup artists also consult with clients to teach them how to enhance their features and pick the shades that suit their particular skin tone during lessons. Plant-based facials leave skin radiant, diminish wrinkles, or address acne. In every location, the decor mirrors the commitment to naturalism with a light, airy feel, characterized by mostly white walls and plenty of mirrors and glass.