Though the gleaming wood floors and fresh paint of Unique Beauty Salon and Spa suggest a business that's new to the industry, the team inside is anything but. After working as a cosmetologist for more than 20 years, Teresa Torres opened Unique in 2011 and hired a staff of beauty specialists who each possessed a minimum of five years' experience. Beyond crafting cuts, creating updos, and installing hair extensions, the veteran stylists specialize in color treatments using Alfaparf low-ammonia hair color, as well as smoothing Brazilian blowouts and Japanese straightening treatments. Other staff members apply mink lash extensions and thread eyebrows to enhance the eye area, while nail technicians pamper hands and feet with soothing mani-pedis.
It can be stressful schlepping from one salon to another for multiple services, which is why Nona's Hair Studio simplifies the beauty routine by offering a diverse array of treatments under one roof. After getting color highlights or keratin straightening, guests can retreat to a private room for a swift airbrush tan. The salon also offers several hair removal methods including waxing and threading.
In the words of its owner, Treats for the Face is "a pink oasis" that is the opposite of "upscale salon snootiness." Estheticians care for complexions with facials and keep skin smooth with waxing treatments. These services pave the way for airbrush tans dispensed from a crazy straw stuck connected to the sun. Once clients are cleansed, moisturized, waxed, and bronzed, they can drape themselves in apparel from the on-site boutique. The shop also proffers skin products. Plus, patrons can savor the fact that they're helping local charities: Treats for the Face supports breast cancer organizations and the East LA animal shelter.
Since 1984, Sunsations Mystic Tan has beamed more than 10,000 clients to a healthy glow in traditional tanning beds and sprayed customized bronzes with Mystic Tan spray-tanning services. Clients can catch rays in standup or lie-down beds, including the Super Orbit bed, which keeps clients cool and comfortable during 12-minute tanning sessions with a personalized air-conditioning and water-misting system. Aloe vera, vitamins, and a vegan bronze solution and soothe skin after the staff evenly coats skin with VitaMist solution during sunless Mystic Tan spray tans. In addition to tanning services, Sunsations offers red-light therapy, which targets acne and skin problems, may help regulate sleep, and effectively masks bashful blushing.
No matter what their skin type, their ideal skin tone, or the number of suns on their home planet, clients at Le Beach Club's three Los Angeles?area locations will find an artificial tanning option to suit their needs. The Magic 636, for example, is called the "Ferrari of sunbeds" thanks to its lightning-quick speed, while the Avant Garde maximizes comfort with built-in air conditioning and an in-bed sound system. All told, there are eight UV-based beds and booths, one sunless spray-tanning solution, and a hydration station that can extend the life of a UV tan.
Amid the hot pink swirls that line the walls inside The Lash Factory, clients relax on white treatment beds as lash technicians apply eyelashes to existing fringe for an added pop. The staff continues the pampering with sun-kissed spray tans, make-up applications, and an ultrasonic energy treatment aimed at blasting fat cells to diminish cellulite. A nook near the entrance of The Lash Factory is devoted to trendy tops and dresses available to purchase or lease by the decade.