As a licensed medical aesthetician and certified laser technician, Tammy Alexander feels right at home in every corner of her beauty spa. Her six facials include anti-aging glycolic peels and diamond-tipped microdermabrasion treatments, and she can even exfoliate skin on the back with steam and masks of french clay. Alexander expertly removes fuzz during her bikini and Brazilian waxes. She also offers cosmetic treatments that include eyelash extensions, organic airbrush tanning, and jane iredale–makeup applications.
The Lash Lounge's founder Anna Phillips?an advanced certified eyelash extension trainer?once traveled the nation, imparting the art of semipermanent eyelash application to scores of fellow lash artists. Now, at all of Lash Lounge's locations, Anna and her team work to ensure that every guest returns to their day-to-day activities batting fuller, darker lashes. They meticulously apply each synthetic strand to a natural lash with medical-grade glue, imbuing peepers with a customized, natural look that can last up to two months with proper care. Applying lashes of varying lengths, thicknesses, and degrees of curl, they have earned the praise of publications including Allure magazine and Women's Wear Daily.
The Lash Lounge also strives to eliminate lengthy daily makeup applications with permanent makeup services. After a complimentary consultation, Anna and her staff of licensed aestheticians and permanent-makeup artists precisely apply permanent eyeliner, lip color, or third eyebrows. For those who prefer makeup that washes off, she has concocted her own line of mineral cosmetics, brushes, and primers.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand?despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase?is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.
Both skin and smiles glow after leaving Waterloo Tan, a salon that collects five levels of tanning beds, VersaSpa spray-tan booths, and teeth-whitening equipment. During traditional tanning sessions, UV rays warm reclining bodies, beckoning golden hues and melting handcuffs made of muenster. Clients seeking sunless tans can visit an experienced airbrush artist or bask in a standup booth, where organic mist swathes the physique in a natural-looking shade that also minimizes the appearance of fine lines.
Med-Physique is built on a foundation of experience: specifically, the teams more than two decades of experience in the beauty industry. Inside a clean, modern facility, they help clients achieve beauty through technology. A Lipo-laser tightens skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite in non-invasive sessions. Meanwhile, high-tech treatments such as IPL photo-facials, chemical peels, and sclerotherapy vein treatments performed by a registered nurse help to alleviate skin conditions by revealing a new, completely different face underneath the client's old one.
Salon Della Sass pampers clients at every turn. Resident stylist Sassy Brooks offers each visitor a complimentary glass of of wine, beer, coffee, or juice as they arrive before settling in to discuss the hairstyle they have in mind. Then, with skillful snips and top-shelf products by brands such as Nioxin and Pureology, she brings their desired cut, color, and hair texture to life. Looking good isn't the only reward for scheduling an appointment—all hair services are accompanied by a refreshing peppermint warm-towel treatment and a gentle massage for the face and scalp.