As a trimmer of celebrity tresses, John Blaine has used his Vidal Sassoon-trained skills to maintain the manes of A-listers such as Cameron Diaz and Ben Affleck over the course of his 21-year career. Within the walls of Essensuals London salon, Blaine massages clients' scalps to a soapy lather before rinsing and wielding his scissors to snip locks into topiary animals. The stylist then blow-dries head fuzz into sleek strands, adding volume to limp 'dos and deflated coif soufflés. His signature look of high-drama hair and cascading, loose curls has graced the pages of fashion magazines and flounced through the music videos of Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.
Maryam was born in Tehran, Iran, and her path in life has taken her from her mother’s beauty school to her own salon today. During this journey, she’s moved to New York, worked at The Salon & Spa at Saks Fifth Avenue, and styled the hair of a lengthy list of celebrities that includes Nicole Kidman, Barbara Walters, and John Doe. She makes use of more than 25 years of professional experience to lead a staff of stylists at her boutique salon. Together, they render a full array of hair, makeup, and wedding-prep services.
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.
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.
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.