Expert stylist Jennifer Baker works within Tuscan Salon, which stays true to its name with earth-toned walls and a painted Roman column enshrouded by leafy branches. Amid this decor, Ms. Baker snips strands, strengthens hair with deep-conditioning treatments, and adds highlights.
The sun seems to shine even within Tuscan Salon’s walls, which stay true to their name with earthy tones and a painted Roman column enshrouded by leafy branches. The decor is hardly the only element that recalls a relaxing Italian retreat, however. While the full-service salon’s aestheticians and therapists pamper clients with facials and massages, stylists snip away at hair and the hemlines of overlong togas. On the other side of the expansive salon, spa technicians gently swipe away unwanted fuzz with body sugaring, the ancient practice of removing hair with an all-natural sugar paste.
The Smart Tan–certified staff at Hollywood Hills Tanning helps clients to darken skin shades with UV and airbrush tanning services. Sunless tanners kiss the skin according to the carefully controlled stylings of a technician armed with an airbrush. Alternatively, bright UV beams enwrap bodies in bronze as fans cool the skin in one of six tanning beds. Each bed rests in a private room stocked with shelves, hangers, and a stereo, and technicians regularly refresh bulbs to ensure a skin color that would match clients’ bronzed baby scuba flippers.
Amid ocean-blue walls splashed with tropical orange accents and beach-themed décor, Salon Makai's seasoned stylists relax, nourish, and refine harried heads with expert precision. Patrons sidle up to a shampoo station to let stylists shower heads in warm, soothing water and slather strands with a rich deep-conditioning serum. Focused fingers then massage the scalp, soothing cranial surfaces stressed out from months of tight ponytails and burrowing hair gophers. Finally, scissors snip away old growth and sculpt a sophisticated new cut, after which clients can return home to style tresses to suit their tastes or bask in a professional blow-dry and style for an additional $20.