Along the quaint, well-preserved streets of Kenneth Village, Ariada Salon Spa's vintage exterior conceals a three-floor haven for modern beauty services. Inside, at mirrored stations, stylists specialize in color correction, Brazilian blowouts, waxing, and bridal services, prepping the hair and nails of the betrothed with OPI polishes and Difiaba and Moroccanoil conditioners. An onsite boutique equips clients with Witchy Poo Lotions & Potions and True Apothecary Candles, which can be combined at home to amplify a relaxing bath or invoke the beautifying intervention of Venus.
To earn the title ?makeup guru,? one needs to log multiple hours practicing the art of aesthetics. Alice Atakhanian has been doing that since 1997. After training under TV and film makeup artists David Allen Dittmer and Dina Ousley, Alice went on to gain experience working on production sets and with local and international celebrities including the singer Bahar. Currently, the multitasking makeup artist oversees an online wedding services directory, spearheads bridal shows, and hosts the Persian satellite TV show ?Top Tack?. She can also be seen at Beyond Beauty Parlor, the makeup and salon studio that she founded with her AML beauty academy.
At the Glendale beauty shop, wrapped in modern art decor and light colors, Alice and her team tend to clients with the latest in hair and makeup treatments. Brides can enjoy private accommodations as they're gussied up with intricate updos, bejeweled tiaras, and airbrush makeup that creates flawless skin and discreetly covers vow tattoos. Beyond Beauty's team also offers classic spa services in the form of antiaging facials and aromatherapy massages to relax the mind and body.
Ano and Rumina, Hairspray Salon?s fashion-forward co-owners, have worked their way up to the forefront of the hair styling world. Ano boasts 27 years of experience and a degree from Vidal Sassoon, while Rumina is a Schwarzkopf Professional Ambassador, who started in the hair styling world at the age of 17 and now has 10 years of experience under her styling belt. Together they lead a team of expert stylists with specialties that include working with long and curly hair to color and highlights. They perform services under high ceilings at their robin?s egg-blue salon, snipping hair to flowing layers or straightening frizz with blowout treatments and Bumble and bumble products. And when not styling hair for clients, the stylists craft traffic-stopping updos for models who strut down the runway at wedding dresses shows and local airports.
It didn't take Jackie Vardanyan long to figure out what she wanted to do with her life. She took her first cosmetology classes at age 15 and received her license right after she graduated from high school. She then threw herself into the world of aesthetics by studying makeup of all kinds: airbrush, permanent, and character. She also sharpened her skills under the guidance of Hollywood makeup artist Dina Ousley. With this experience behind her, Jackie opened Palazzo Salon and Spa.
There, she and her staff cut and color tresses amid Venetian-style decor. Old World chests stand next to ornate full-length mirrors, and crystal chandeliers cast light over gold curtains and statuary. One wall-size painting even depicts a group of women lounging in tunics, presumably waiting for conversation to be invented.
With service names such as Aphrodisiac and M?nage ? Trois, F?tiche Beauty Lounge urges its male and female clientele to embrace their sexy side. Their stylists create centerfold-ready looks with hair styling and makeup applications, and forge glossy locks with conditioning treatments that infuse damaged strands with moisture and protein. Packages include An Affair to Remember, a session that treats brides to champagne and cake as they have their hair and makeup done, then subjects them to videos of puppies learning to walk to ensure the mascara is tear-proof.
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.