Wax Candy's warm, friendly vibe has much to do with its four founding aestheticians—who are friends themselves. They've been known to cheer on clients braving their first Brazilian, and to hand out the occasional lollipop. But cleanliness is equally important to this foursome. Each session sees them pouring azulene wax into new biodegradable cups, which are then disposed of at the end to prevent double dipping.
Already a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Christopher Ho wanted to master another field: laser surgery. So he headed straight to Harvard, where he received special training on the subject. Now boasting a specialty in laser treatments in addition to his roster of med-spa treatments and cosmetic injections, Dr. Ho helps patients achieve their aesthetic goals and bolster their confidence. And not only is he fluent in cosmetic treatments?he's also fluent in English, Japanese, and Chinese.
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.
From within Hair Shop Etcetra, stylist Aleksay Calvin pays attention to the smallest of details—turning a simple haircut into a pampering experience. He treats scalps to a relaxing massage during shampoo sessions, and doesn’t hesitate to throw in a complimentary flat-iron style when it’ll complete a look. Aleksay extends this care to his other services, such as catering to clients’ intolerance of chemicals with an array of Keratin formulas.
Launched in February 2012 as a complement to celebrity stylist Oliver Ifergan’s eponymous salon, Twist by Oliver Ifergan’s singular mission is to beautify clients with world-class hair services at an affordable price. Located adjacent to Oliver Ifergan Atelier and known for its celebrity clientele and collection of crossword puzzles completed by said clientele, Twist’s intimate and avant-garde setting offers guests a relaxing haven where they can indulge in meticulous cuts, color, and voluminous blowouts using the owner’s own products. The salon, run by Gregory Ifergan, offers extended hours and is open seven days a week.