At "Be Luminous" By NaNa, located within Sigal Gevojanyan Salon in Westwood, aesthetician Nana maximizes natural beauty with treatments that are both relaxing and beneficial. She purifies skin with deep-cleansing facials and lengthens lashes with synthetic or mink extensions, which are applied in multiple layers for a voluminous look. Hot-stone therapy, reflexology, and body scrubs induce blissful relaxation.
Sigal Gevojanyan's sizable, multitalented roster approaches beautification and relaxation from all angles with its lengthy list of services for the hair, skin, and body. Visitors can surpass their bodies’ aesthetic aspirations with haircuts, coloring, and mani-pedis, or relieve the aches of sleeping in cramped overhead compartments with the long, flowing strokes of a Swedish massage. The spacious, two-story salon and spa’s secluded treatment rooms grant privacy for body-wrap sessions and waxing, while its manicure area allows guests to socialize as they indulge their hands in a cocoa shea-butter soak and a fresh coat of nail polish.
Vinita Vineet, owner of Vinita's Beauty & Threading Studio, hails from India, bringing Eastern depilation techniques to the West Coast. She and her staff of trained threading experts whisk hair from men's and women's faces, creating perfectly shaped brows, silky upper lips, and cheeks that are smoother than a newly polished bowling lane. For body parts south of the face, they rely on waxing treatments to remove unwanted hair. Artistically applied henna tattoos adorn arms, legs, and décolletage; henna is also used to tint hair.
The eponymous Judy Ferber of Judy Ferber Hungarian Skin Care is a third-generation aesthetician from Budapest. Judy draws upon 30 years of experience with Hungarian facial techniques and has taught and spoken at beauty schools in the Los Angeles area. She tends to faces with custom treatments that cleanse, scrub, and peel depending on individual needs and skin types.
Owner Aida and the trained staff of The Thread Bar espouse an ancient hair-removal technique: an expert twists and rolls a pure cotton thread across the client's skin, entwining a number of strands before plucking them out. Not only does this create minimal discomfort while removing hairs?especially when compared to using wax or aggressively tweezing?but the greatly enhanced sense of control allows the technician to shape eyebrows and quickly de-fuzz lips with ease. Their methods have garnered a loyal client base along with more than a few celebrity faces.
While its methods are time-tested, the atmosphere at The Thread Bar is decidedly modern. The beauty spot encourages patrons to savor its social environment before and after their appointments. Surrounded by pink and black walls, the intimate space features several service stations as well as a bar-like area where guests can chat or log onto the complimentary Wi-Fi.
For Ziba, the lead aesthetician at Ziba Skin Care, the best skincare treatments blend science and art. She combines these disciplines by analyzing each client's skin type, discerning its unique chemical balance. From there, she performs treatments such as microdermabrasion, lymphatic-drainage massage, and ultrasonic facials and often complements new technologies with age-old therapies. For instance, during the collagen hydrating treatment, she infuses skin with vitamins A, C, and E by applying nutrient-rich moisturizers and banana-cream pies. She can also finish any service with the addition of semiflare eyelash extensions.