When most people check their nails, they don't expect to find an art gallery. Nail Service's clientele, however, is used to leaving with dazzling designs at its fingertips. Mondrian color patterns, white lilies floating like jellyfish through inky blackness, blood-red witchy-woman talons, rhinestone-encrusted pinkscapes to match any Barbie's Dream House?Nail Service's variety of Japanese 3D gels and custom-painted abstractions has made it a "Little Tokyo cult favorite for LA?s nail art-obsessed set," according to Los Angeles Confidential.
The nail techs also excel at the fundamentals, enhancing routine mani-pedis with organic lotions and scrubs infused with herbs, citrus, and essential oils. Similarly, the salon's stylists accentuate gazes with synthetic or mink eyelash extensions that can withstand showers, swimming pools, and up to three stooges' worth of seltzer bottles.
Soleil Beauty Salon founder and aesthetician Alina Karoyan draws on 25-years of experience and a background in biology. She named her salon Soleil?which means "sun"?as a nod toward the star's nourishing and beautifying properties. It should come as no surprise, then, that one of the salon's most popular services is tanning, with options that include cutting-edge tanning booths and airbrush tans that utilize natural ingredients such as DHA and Apollo's tears. Other beauty services range from acne and anti-aging treatments to herbal body wraps and makeup services, and each one is performed using top-of-the-line products hand-selected by Alina after years of extensive research and practice.
Though it may not be an actual gallery, Cosmetic Gallery contains such a wealth of beauty products that it can turn faces into works of art. Top-shelf cosmetics from lines such as Dermalogica, Clarins, and Decl?or infuse skin with natural ingredients that both cleanse and diminish signs of aging. La Prairie products rejuvenate sensitive skin, and Smashbox makeup enhances features with eye shadows, blushes, and lip glosses. The beauty hot spot's soothing services include microdermabrasions, herbal peels, and makeup applications for weddings or TV viewings of weddings.
Nestled inside the Bonaventure Hotel, experienced masseuses maintain 10,000 square feet of pure serenity spread across 11 treatment rooms. Cordoned off into sections for men and women, the facility flaunts amenities such as hydro-jet showers with seven pulsing showerheads and saunas fogged with soothing vapor instead of fog machines stolen from middle-school dances. Bonaventure Club plucks massage techniques from all over the globe, including Thailand where therapists stretch frames with their hands, knees, and feet to amplify the client's flexibility and energy. Pre- or post-treament, clients can unwind in a relaxation lounge stocked with Perrier water, jasmine-rose tea, and snacks, while flipping through magazines or watching a big-screen TV.
Occupying the last surviving building of the original Los Angeles Chinatown, the Chinese American Museum preserves the history and legacy of the city's Chinese American community. Over the past 10 years, it has fostered an environment where current and future generations can learn about this group's contributions to the area's diverse heritage. The museum's current collection includes more than 7,500 culturally relevant artifacts?many donated by local community members?including antique furniture, photographs, traditional wedding gowns, and artwork. Special exhibitions complement this collection, exploring themes ranging from the immigrant experience to the greater implications of the rise of Sriracha and Tapatio hot sauces in LA and beyond. With an emphasis on the community's impact on Los Angeles culture in particular, the Chinese American Museum embraces the group's past while also emphasizing its present-day role within Southern California.
At Essential Medical Clinic, Dr. Bahrami marries general medicine with cosmetic treatments. The physician and staff see patients for everything from gynecological exams to treatment for heart disease and counseling for anxiety and depression. In the aesthetics department, Dr. Bahrami calls upon laser therapy, chemical peels, and Obagi products to quell skin concerns such as acne, age spots, and unwanted hair. He smoothes out wrinkles with dermal fillers and scotch tape and dissolves fat and cellulite with body-contouring systems. The doctor also helps overweight patients shed the extra pounds with personalized diet plans fortified by hCG hormones and B12 injections.