Dionne Phillips is widely recognized as a pioneer in the industry of eyelash extensions. After years of developing a large celebrity clientele, Dionne now operates her own modern and state-of-the-art studio, D’Lashes by Dionne Phillips, in the Salon Republic facilities of the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, meaning anyone can swing through to receive her signature treatment. Eyelash extension procedures at D’lashes are generally painless and take no more than two hours, during which patrons get to chat with the very sociable Dionne herself in a comfortable studio setting. She uses individual custom-made lashes that attach to the patrons natural eyelashes, providing a full and durable look that is both water safe and easy to maintain. And the best part? The lashes last up to eight weeks, making mascara and other supplemental eyelash treatments unnecessary.
Little Rockstar Salon's kid-centric salon entertains energetic tots with its colorful decor, custom styling chairs, and fun spa services. The patient staff members help children and former Woodstock attendees feel comfortable during very first haircuts, offering rides in sleek haircut chairs that resemble airplanes and fancy sports cars, and customers leave the salon with a keepsake bag containing a lock of their hair and a photo of the experience. At the bubblegum-hued mani-pedi station, kids relax after long days in the sandbox board room as tiny nails are adorned in their favorite color. Private parties can accommodate up to a dozen kids, and keep them busy with glitter tattoos, hairstyling, music, and cake.
On an orange accent wall above the sleek black-leather stations at Jacques Michael Salon, a trio of models shows off perfectly coiffed styles in neon-colored vintage fashion sketches. The glamorous art reflects the salon’s belief that hair is a fashion accessory. The stylists—each with at least five years of experience—function like fashion designers, snipping and shearing designs that flatter clients' face shapes while reflecting the onward march of trends. Among their specialties, hand-painted Balayage highlights create a natural, multidimensional look. For most services, they reach for Redken, Matrix, and Moroccanoil products. While clients wait for their color to set in the café and wine bar, their cars wistfully wish they had hair in the free parking lot.
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.
Founded by Scott J. Fox, DC, and Brian Weiss, PhD, Rest and Relax Bodyworks and Century West Medi-Spa integrate Western medical science and traditional Eastern medicine. As relaxing music plays, they help bodies regain energy and proper posture through chiropractic alignment and acupuncture, and let go of tension during seven varieties of massage. They also address skin issues with facials, peels, and waxing treatments. Their waiting room abounds with potted plants, dark wood accents, and South East Asian-inspired artwork prints, as well as ornate oriental rugs that catch dropped cell phones without a word of reproach. A hallway leads to treatment rooms aglow with soft light from wall sconces, as a Buddha statue looks on serenely.
A favorite option for Westwood residents and L.A. Westsiders in general, India’s Oven has more than ten years of experience in serving up curries, masala and naan. Weekdays are the busiest in the room’s burnt sienna dining area, thanks to an all-you-can-eat buffet that lasts for three-and-a-half hours. The vegetarian entrées also set the restaurant apart, with at least seventeen different items listed for a la carte dining, while the Vegetarian Delight remains a favorite dinner combination. Diners can stop by the Oven’s Westwood Boulevard storefront for a night of vindaloo and masala, but for those not willing to search for street parking, neighborhood residents have also made the restaurant a go-to delivery option.