Only a stone toss from Hollywood Beach sits Mi-Lash, where certified lash stylist Michelle outfits eyes with high-end Xtreme Lashes extensions. By adhering these synthetic lashes one-by-one to the client’s natural strands, Michelle can engineer a voluminous look without the mess of mascara or the blinking restrictions of taping a moustache to your eyelids. Michelle can also cultivate a sun-kissed glow with one her personalized spray-tan sessions. Michelle works under the auspices of Jo Mousselli, who insists on rigorous safety training for the staff, and founded the studio after spending almost a decade as a registered nurse at Texas Children's Hospital.
Beyond framed reproductions of Renaissance-era paintings, a chandelier casts a serene glow over tufted leather chairs and glossy wood floors. It’s within this elegant setting that Italian-trained designers Francesco and Mimmo bring about equally upscale looks. They pull from 21 color techniques to add vibrancy to coifs, and inspire relaxation with facials, massages, and mani-pedis.
Before hitting the beach, clients flock to Endless Summer Tanning Centers to bestow golden hues onto their limbs or help their efforts to shed a few pounds. The boutiques' high-end tanning equipment lends comely color to skin, distributing rays throughout the whole body or solely on the legs to match gams with tan faces for more convincing sawing-a-body-in-half magic tricks. Customers can diminish cellulite with Beauty Angel red-light therapy, which boosts collagen and the regeneration of skin cells. Staffers also aid in readying bodies for the beach with Formostar body wraps, which use infrared heat to stimulate metabolism. A single 60-minute session can blast up to 1,400 calories via the wrap's nonallergenic, silicone material.
Owner Lisa Greene and the ace salon and spa specialists at Escape Luxury Salon & Day Spa have built up an impressive list of services aimed at relaxing and beautifying clients. Personnel sit down with patrons to determine which treatments best suit their needs, from hairstyling and highlighting to nail enhancement, exfoliating facials, or muscle-soothing massages. During treatments, they use high-quality products from brands such as Epicuren and OPI, which are available for purchase in the salon's boutique. The salon’s view of a nearby harbor, the Ventura mountains, and hiking hypnotists ruffling leaf piles into heart shapes contributes to the serene air that permeates the space.
Though she's never met them, licensed aesthetician Linsey Shoop works closely with a team of divers. These divers harvest seaweed from the ocean that's preserved by Repêchage, and used by Linsey during her anti-aging four layer facial treatment. Linsey places the vitamin-enriched seaweed over complexions, and while Linsey keeps an eye out for starfish stowaways, the plant helps to nourish and smooth out the skin.
This seaweed treatment is just one of Linsey's skincare services. She customizes facials to address specific skin conditions such as acne and dryness, and wields a diamond-tip tool to exfoliate skin during microdermabrasions. She can also lengthen lashes with NovaLash extensions, wax away unwanted hair, and impart bronze glows with Sjolie tanning products that are vegan and paraben-free, which means they are free of animal products and crocodile tears.
Hair Free Forever owner Cheryl Conway has come a long way since her early years studying and practicing at the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital in Philadelphia. Her interest in electrology took her across the country to Beverly Hills, where she specialized in eyebrow design. Her expertise allowed her to analyze and execute proper corrections to achieve the perfect shape for each individual patient–a skill she continues to use in her role as an expert consultant for the California State Board of Cosmetology. This passion led her to pioneer California's first apprenticeship program for Thermolysis, or permanent hair removal. Today, she continues to educate students in the highly specialized procedure.
As a member of the American Electrology Association, Cheryl continues to free patients from the cycles of shaving or waxing with FDA-approved thermolysis treatments that are safe and effective for all types of skin and hair. High-frequency currents heat the follicles of actively growing hairs, causing them to permanently stop growing, and maintenance sessions ensure that all follicles are treated. Clients can choose to target any part of the face or body, or opt for eyebrow-shaping thermolysis treatments—one of Conway's longest-standing specialties.