The brilliant bronzers at Ultimate Sun assist customers in achieving their color goals with a variety of tanning techniques. Choose two UV-free Mystic Tans, which cast a healthy, even glow without the added weight of burdensome halos. Indoor sun-kissers can also multiply melatonin levels with a duo of the salon's highest intensity S-Class tanning sessions, which provide a month's worth of color in two to three visits, or ramp up vitamin D production with one month of level two tan-a-thons in a Catalina bed. Tête-à-têtes with the bed last 12 minutes at most and include three high-pressure facial bulbs to ensure that mugs match their lower body counterparts. Ultimate Sun greets its patrons with a refreshingly upscale ambiance bedecked with exposed brick walls and 21 private tanning rooms, each equipped with state-of-the-art color-casting chambers. Like a Roman sculptor who gets paid per statue, Ultimate Sun bronzes bodies seven days a week.
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.
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.
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.
The name Le Cocon was inspired by the French phrasing of 'the cocoon.' And this unique name is homage to the renewed outlook on life that a makeover brings, as well as the soothing sense of seclusion a caterpillar feels before it metamorphoses into a hurried stockbroker. Inside the spa's walls, clients receive facials, microdermabrasion treatments, and other cosmetic services such as waxing in an effort to bring about that type of transformation. The spa treatments use products from Rhonda Allison Skin Care to help combat dermal ailments that range from wrinkles to acne.
The three licensed estheticians at Le Cocoon are Theresa Danzer, Becca Larson, and Amanda Babino. Generally, their appointments begin with a skin analysis and consultation to help them understand each client's individual complexion worries. This mix of sympathy and skill fuels their desire to invent custom regimens from the sanctum-like setting of Le Cocon.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular service: Any color service and cut
Brands Used: All Nutrient hair color (organic color), and Pureology hair products (also organic)
Pro Tip: Before your appointment, grab a coffee or tea
at the The City Market on the corner, three blocks from the lake.