Charli Taylor got her first taste of the instant gratification that comes with hair removal when as a 10-year-old, she was sent to her great-aunt Lucy's house to pluck the hairs off her chin. Today, she helps beautify clients through a variety of services including waxing, eyelash extensions, and facials.
Wynn Nail Spa, a studio co-founded by New York entrepreneur Eric Wynn, does more than just manicures and pedicures. Its services, with packages such as Sierra Sunrise and Aspen Icemint, expand the pampering of hands and feet to include wraps, paraffin treatments, and scrubs. The nail spa itself, which was conceptualized by award-winning architectural firm AB Design Studio, uses modern lighting, stepped ceilings with blue accent walls, and R&B-singing cherubs to create a serene atmosphere.
Vanity Fair says “A-listers swear by [it],” while US Weekly reported catching Hilary Swank and Busy Philipps at the spa. The reason for this celebrity clientele is simple—owner Jodi Shays was born to remove hair. The British aesthetician and waxing specialist reminisces on her website about her childhood, saying her mother thought she was crazy for shaving her legs at the tender age of eight. Years later, Shay found herself practicing waxing on herself and her willing girlfriends, before a friend and mentor finally convinced her to make her hobby a career. Thus, Queen Bee Salon & Spa was born. Shay has decorated each of her two locations with an eclectic collection of thrift-store finds, giving the already comfortable space a chic feel. Waxing is clearly the Queen Bee's specialty; the troupe uses a soft Italian wax to strip hair from every inch of the body, from The Full Monty (a Brazilian wax) to The De Bergerac, which removes nostril hair. Yet, the spa has also earned a reputation for its Epicuren and Sanitas facials, diamond-tipped microdermbrasion treatments, and organic-based airbrush tans that carry the light scent of cherry-almond. For a real pampering session, guests can head to the private mani-pedi suite. Flanked by bright white walls and flat-screen TVs, the room provides the perfect escape, especially once you add in the stack of gossip magazines, a glass of champagne, and, if your lucky, one of Shay's homemade baked goods.
Located in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, Styles Beauty and Threading salon provides threading and waxing services for all manner of hair removal. The salon specializes in the art of eyebrow threading and the owner, Shobha, is a licensed esthetician with more than a decade of experience. She provides caring customer service, while being clean, quick and efficient. Originating in India, threading provides more control in shaping eyebrows than waxing, which results in a more polished look. Appointments aren’t necessary and walk-ins are welcome at Styles, which his secreted away inside a tall strip mall. The inside, however, is inviting, with color-accented walls and a few teakwood stations that allow guests to relax while receiving their treatments.
Star Waxing & Beauty Salon’s experienced beautifiers polish body trophies with a host of pampering treatments set amid a tranquil environment of pink hues and landscape paintings. During the Brazilian wax, a trained skin-smoother eradicates unwelcome fuzz with minimal discomfort using cloth strips slathered in organic honey wax. A calming mint gel is then applied to the area, designed to prevent ingrown hairs from loitering around the bikini line or skateboarding along the pelvic bone.