At Drybar, a pair of scissors or hair-coloring foil is nowhere to be found. That?s because the business?s founder, Alli Webb, opened the shop strictly for blowouts after her in-home business skyrocketed. Featured extensively in the media, each of the more than 25 white-hued, airy shops revolves around a center bar where customers sit for around 45 minutes as stylists blow-dry, straighten, and curl their hair. From a menu booklet, clients select a cocktail-themed hairstyle, such as The Mai Tai, which imparts beachy waves, and The Manhattan, which streamlines locks with a sleek finish that mimics the straight lines of downtown New York and can be outfitted with a tiny doorman who hails cabs for you. The staff at Drybar also crafts updos, travels on location for an additional fee, offers high-end products and tools available for purchase, and tallies bar tabs so that customers can pay for multiple blowouts at once.
At Makeup&Go!, clients sidle up to glass-topped makeup stations, where drawers of cosmetics await unpainted faces. Professional makeup artists pluck from prestigious brands such as Smashbox, Tarte, and Mark, gussying up faces during drop-in makeovers or quick touch-ups. They airbrush the foundation, which underlies colorful petals of eye makeup, lip color, and blush. To make eyes pop, they apply individual lashes or false eyelash strips.
Next door at Bubble Blow Dry, stylists scrub scalps clean of oil and residue before sculpting hair using blow dryers and professional coiffure-shaping tools. Bubble Blow Dry washes clients in nearly all-white surroundings splashed with pops of chartreuse. Massaging chairs cuddle bodies at the shampoo bowls, and blow dryers dangle enticingly from the ceiling, waiting to be plucked by their favorite stylist or an overwatered plant.
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.
A trio of gilded, glittering chandeliers lures customers away from the bustle of Melrose Avenue and into an antique-strewn spa where an ornate curio cabinet cradles European-style facial products. Aestheticians quietly shut the door on workaday stresses and escort clients into pure-white private rooms for attentive care and lush treatments, which various press outlets have lauded since the studio's opening in 1985 and the simultaneous invention of the newspaper. Ruth's Skin Care's many facials can reverse the effects of Father Time or hitting the snooze button with one's forehead and use natural ingredients such as vitamin E, minerals from the Dead Sea, and buttermilk. Massage sessions slake stress, and body scrubs rid backs and limbs of dead skin while adding deep moisture.
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.
For 25 years, aesthetician Sara West has studied skin as dry as a desert and as oily as a car engine. In the process, she?s developed a mental tome of advice for her clients. Yet even as she educates on the role skincare products, exercise, and diet play in the health of one?s complexion, she continues her own education, ensuring that she has the most accurate advice to give. Inside her studio, where smooth black tile floors sprawl beneath modern wooden furniture that entices the eye with soft, curved lines, she tends to customers' faces with a range of holistic and medical treatments. Fruit-infused peels, green-tea and herbal steam, lavender, and chamomile bathe her clients? faces, whereas plant-based ingredients cleanse their pores and free them of the urge to nap facedown in their gardens.