Quilted stools standing before curved mirrors, plush curtains cordoning off treatment rooms, all lend an air of 1940s glam to Lashfully's eyelash salon. The lash artists ? at this highly praised salon ? work to lend their clients the same glamorous air, with lush synthetic mink eyelash extensions to enhance their eyes. Co-owner and head artist Liv Contreras trains each artist herself to artfully customize each client's lash extensions from a selection of 100 styles, differing in length, thickness, or curvature. Just like a middle school couple, natural lash and extension stay together for two to four weeks, until the native lash grows out naturally. Because of this, touchups are recommended every few weeks.
Jenifer Brown can boast an unlikely career path: she went from taking care of babies to babying faces. As a registered nurse and skincare guru, she founded Natural Illumination, a boutique skincare spa where she and her team specialize in fighting aging skin and acne, while also offering a repertoire of other advanced facials, facial peels, microdermabrasion and waxing treatments that are tailored for all skin types. The team performs services that use nonaggressive solutions to soften and smooth epidermises for a glowing complexion that glows more than a black-light poster in broad daylight. Four types of facials keep a laser-precise focus on goals such as combatting signs of aging skin, banishing acne, and hydrating the skin.
Oliva Tran, stylist and owner of Olivia's Expert Touch Salon, refers to herself as "a perfectionist." Passionate about helping her clients achieve beautiful skin and hair, Olivia and her team of licensed stylists and aestheticians offer salon services, facials, and waxing, along with permanent makeup and spa treatments. Olivia herself boasts a decade of experience, which helps her render exquisite haircuts and highlights. She and the staff also welcome guests into cushy chairs for eyelash extensions that make faces more expressive than a mime who can talk like Abe Lincoln. Beyond hair-related work, Olivia's salon performs aromatherapy salt glow exfoliations and foot reflexology treatments.
When Celena Fahey, hairstylist and graduate of the Paul Mitchell School, stumbled upon a cozy boutique in the real-estate listings, she knew she had to take a leap. A little luck and sizeable portion of hard work helped Fahey transform the humdrum space into XO Salon, an inviting studio now home to her skilled styling crew. Products by Pureology and Moroccanoil fill the shelves above sleek, black shampoo basins, prepping locks for precise cuts, frizz-banishing helpings of Keratin Complex, or feather extensions designed to mimic avian plumage or impress coworkers who also happen to be cardinals.
Inside private spa rooms, aesthetician Dillan Oneal pampers skin with organic products and ancient know-how. Gleaned from timeless Egyptian techniques, Oneal’s all-natural sugaring sessions swiftly and gently remove unwanted stubble from the face, limbs, and body. Acne-ridden skin or tired visages submit to the charms of custom organic facials packed with enzyme exfoliants and vitamin serums. After restoring skin’s youth, Oneal turns clients over to expert cosmetologist Lynn Simpson, who enhances natural features with makeup applications, synthetic eyelash extensions, and installation of extra USB ports.
Growing up in sun-drenched Southern California, Bronzed Bunny owner Jeni Nola found herself in a bit of a paradoxical situation. Though she knew she was drawn to the beauty of radiant, sun-tanned skin, she was also wary of the dangers associated with excessive UV exposure. To resolve this tension, Nola turned to spray tanning, which she quickly realized carried its own inherent risks such as the use of harsh chemicals. Determined to find the answer, she then spent months developing Indulge, an organic, paraben-free spray-tanning solution that safely bronzes the skin while also leaving behind invigorating scents of coconut or pomegranate-mango.
Today, Jeni and her team of veteran aestheticians employ this signature formula at Bronzed Bunny, a beautification haven that also offers sugaring sessions. A fitting complement to newly bronzed skin, sugaring sessions target ingrown hairs and lift away strands in the same direction of growth—a technique that leaves the clients less prone to irritation and more prone to receiving gigs as thigh models. Other treatments offered at the boutique spa include skin-purifying facials for both the face and the body.