Led by seasoned hatha yoga practitioner Valerie Rushmere, Studio 1831 immerses guests in an environment focused on fitness and spiritual health. Also a master belly dancer who performs under the stage name Valarina, Rushmere leads classes that cover the beguilingly, sinuous shimmies of Egyptian and cabaret-style belly dance as well as friendly, open yoga sessions. In addition to classes, Studio 1831 offers Art of Burlesque girls' nights out, wherein groups of up to 20 learn exotic dance moves.
Ever since she first braided her sisters' hair at the age of 8, Cortney V has had a passion for cosmetology and a thirst for learning new techniques. Through her services, she strives to share her gifts with others through a wide array of natural haircare services. Beyond standard cuts and conditioning treatments, Cortney can completely transform looks, whether by sewing in weaves, braiding hard-to-manage locks, or adding a bold layer of color to hair.
Jean Madeline Aveda Institute beautifies hair and bodies with a wide array of pampering services while preparing tomorrow's stylists to forge the fashion frontier. Wielding an arsenal of contemporary knowledge and organic Aveda products, these well-educated cosmetologists-in-training can sculpt over-tussled manes into timeless coiffeurs ($16) or snip a couple inches off to avoid sweeping stray candy wrappers across the floor with every step ($12). An aromatherapy wrap can relax away inner city stressors by massaging in a choice of scented oils ($35). Those whose facial planes have dulled with the sandpapering of time will enjoy the customized facial, where a torso massage is combined with a mix of products to treat specific skin types until countenances are as radiant as a cherub in a spotlight ($33). Jean Madeline Aveda Institute also offers waxing services to lay bare lips ($8), brows ($11), underarms ($20), dorsal fins, and more.
Seven days a week, the stylists at L.A. Vista Salon tend to the hair of anyone who wanders into their shop, which is located right on the outskirts of University City. Although it specializes in treatments such as lock maintenance, coils, and interlocks, the team is proficient in nearly all types of hair services. L.A. Vista Salon also offers clients a range of nailcare services that include basic manicures, pedicures, and Shellac treatments that use a special type of polish that resists chips and nibbling squirrels for up to 14 days.
Not content to just shorten or shape hair, Salon Elevations' stylists also work to address hair loss in both women and men. In addition to familiar cuts and coloring treatments, they also help to thicken heads of hair with full-cap hairpieces, hair-thickening fibers, and laser hair therapy. Extensions also fill in gaps with Indian remy hair that can remain firmly rooted for up to four months, much like the leafy toupees worn by most giant sequoias.
In their urban chic salon, The Weave Bar’s staff fills hands with complimentary beverages before filling conversation with hair talk. Specializing in weaves, they have a lot to say, and can transform looks almost instantly with their signature sew-in weaves. They also execute modern cuts and nourish tresses with conditioners and keratin treatments, customizing services to each customer’s needs.