Capricio Salon & Spa offers beauty opportunities for nearly every body part, all of which feature high-quality products such as Redken, Bodyography, and Dermalogica. The 45-minute express face treatment ($41+) deep-cleans, smoothly exfoliates, and hyper-hydrates skin in seven minutes less than 52 minutes, and airbrush tanning ($30) imparts pretty, beach-like pigments quickly. For an extended pelt pampering, the 75-minute environmental control treatment ($59+) soothes and smoothes red, itchy, and burr-ridden skin. Follicle services range from basic haircuts ($24+ for women, 18+ for men) to Japanese keratin straightening treatments ($100/hour). If you'd rather weed strands from your follicle garden, consider waxing and threading services.
Natural Beauty Group's jack of all trades, Kim, never stops learning. She started as a stylist and performed makeup applications and facial waxing before receiving advanced training in facials, keratin treatments, nailcare, full-body waxing, and airbrush tanning and becoming a certified aesthetician and nail technician. Now, Kim has honed her craft and reached an impressive level of professionalism and skill, whether she's infusing hair with rich color or delicately shaping eyebrows. However, she still stays on top of trends and frequently takes continuing-education courses.
Be U Barber Shop’s team of enthusiastic, talented stylists transforms the unruliest of hairdos into well-behaved coiffures, wielding top-shelf products including Paul Mitchell, Redken, and American Crew. A two-pack of haircuts helps customers keep their heads well groomed for any occasion, from a relaxing jog in the park to a ceremonial head butting. Whether gents walk in on a whim for a quick clipping or touch-up or reserve a full hairdo renovation in advance, the barbers' tender-loving snips ensure that fellows depart with fashionably sheared follicles.
Great Clips harnesses the vast resources of a national salon chain to provide personalized, professional styling services to follicle frolickers. Highly trained hair tamers tame wild wigs and also serve as style guides through the often-intimidating tonsorial jungle, answering clients' questions about hair trends and maintenance. The stylish snipping ($13) gets started after a warm shampoo and rinse ($5) cleans scalps and washes away the melodies of musical comedies stuck in hair. Walk-ins are welcome.
Basic Human Kneads is a pampering boutique run by owner Kate Ninneman. She brings experience and a personable nature to her massage and waxing services, customizing each treatment to match her clients' preferences. Her knowledge of bodywork includes therapeutic massage with myofascial release, gentle lymphatic drainage, and firm yet playful noogies. Also specializing in a waxing technique that is swift but gentle, services are available on the face, arms, legs, back, and bikini areas. She leaves both men's and women's skin smooth with a full menu of depilatory services performed with a swift hand.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand?despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase?is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.