Before Bessy Lim had her first facial, her life was a succession of stressful, 12-hour shifts. Her first spa experience awakened a latent desire: she wanted to help others find the relaxation she had forgone for so long. With that, she left her stressful career, earned a number of spa certifications, traveled abroad to learn the various therapeutic techniques and ways to pronounce "microdermabrasion" of spas overseas, and finally opened Agua De Vida. There, a corps of certified and licensed massage therapists team up with the spa specialist to mend tense muscles with massage, swaddle bodies in wraps, purify pores with facials, and primp hands and feet with nail services.
Diamond Nails Salon & Spa beautifies exteriors with quality products from brands such as OPI and Dermalogica. The spa pays particular attention to the fingers and toes with eight types of manicures and pedicures, including the bella manicure, which incorporates both a cucumber scrub and paraffin treatment, and the deluxe pedicure, which reduces the appearance of blemishes with an intensive callus treatment.
GlamMe Beauty Studio’s team travel to homes, places of work, and dentists’ offices to pamper clients. They also work at 11 salons in LA and surrounding areas. Stylists cut hair, magically grow hair with extensions, and embellish strands with semipermanent color and highlights. They also beautify nails during mani-pedis, wax away fuzz on faces, and add drama to peepers with eyelash extensions.
Salon du Mei's trained experts beautify clients between walls that support green-and-red rice-paper parasols and underneath ceilings that drip with sheer curtains. In addition to haircuts and color, stylists soften frizzy tendrils with treatments by Brazilian Blowout and Pravana. Inside private massage rooms, therapists release muscle tension and relieve anxiety by gently kneading sinews with soft teddy bears. The team can also wax unwanted fuzz, tint lashes and brows, apply purifying facials, and embellish faces with permanent makeup.
Susan Madain earned her license from the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology more than 20 years ago. Since then, she has also become a color specialist. Madain draws on this experience during haircuts, color treatments, and specialty services such as Brazilian blowouts.