Vinita Vineet, owner of Vinita's Beauty & Threading Studio, hails from India, bringing Eastern depilation techniques to the West Coast. She and her staff of trained threading experts whisk hair from men's and women's faces, creating perfectly shaped brows, silky upper lips, and cheeks that are smoother than a newly polished bowling lane. For body parts south of the face, they rely on waxing treatments to remove unwanted hair. Artistically applied henna tattoos adorn arms, legs, and décolletage; henna is also used to tint hair.
The Factory Studio is the end result of the high-flung aspirations shared by two eccentric salon veterans. Every day, stylist and musician Alfonso Afanador teams up with makeup artist and singer Nina Lares Fetter to lead a team of industry experts in the quest for aesthetic excellence. Team members combine their skill sets to perform hair services, makeup services, facials and peels, and waxing sessions. They also supercharge the salon by hosting occasional art exhibitions and allowing the resident DJ to soundtrack haircutting sessions with songs that encourage toe tapping, rather than head bobbing.
Expert mane mavens at Blo-Out Lounge, which has garnered shout-outs from LA Girl, help guests choose one of five blow-out options, including Big Sexy Hair, with volume and curls, or the straight, sleek look of Urban Girl. Before sudsing up and styling locks, tress tamers evaluate the hair's condition and select a preexisting Bumble and bumble hair mask or whip up a custom creation. The masks soak into strands beneath a hot-towel wrap for about 10 minutes, and, depending on the mask, quench parched skull grass, bolster thickness, or make hair shinier than a bald head dipped in liquid gold.
Cote d' Azur's friendly, experienced staff employs natural and organic products to pamper bodies with an array of holistic healing services. Designed to relieve built-up tension and relax the body, the restorative massage fuses Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to silence stress brought on by work, school, or sleeping on a pommel horse. The massage therapist places hot stones and heated healing packs on the body to further assuage muscles aching from the endeavors of everyday movements, and cold jade stones refresh and ease faces weary from challenging cheshire cats to smiling contests.
Sit down in Sonik's spacious and immaculate glass-and-mirror studio and chat with the nice plant while you wait. The skilled and lovely Sonik ladies know all the latest styles and all the gossip before it even happens. They continue to train themselves for hours in the beauty gym, curling the latest trends and bench-pressing the newest techniques, ensuring clients will leave with a look that exceeds expectations, like somehow enjoying a book with an unsightly, easy-to-judge cover.
Every stylist at Bokaos has their specialty, and for Courtney Ward, that specialty is precision cuts. The Vidal Sassoon alumnus proves her talent with both male and female clientele, using client consultations or her own expertise to create uniquely appropriate styles for each person, or, in the event of a dystopian takeover, the same style for everyone. She's also rather skilled with keratin treatments, using them to help hair return to a more manageable texture. As part of the Bokaos team, she works with Aveda's collection of plant-derived color and styling products.