Working out of Lets Go Hair Salon, O' Mai Lash owner and Lôngmi Lash-certified artist Vicky Tran-Le deftly outfits eyes with extensions that vary by shade and volume. Her lash options range from the everyday set, which adds some extra oomph to natural lashes that are already long and luscious, to the extreme set, which lends a thick, sultry look akin to wearing three coats of mascara or two well-trained tarantulas. Vicky also performs touchups and free lash removal for lashes applied at her facility and provides helpful aftercare instructions to help lashes stay put as long as possible.
What started as a childhood passion for makeup became a career for Heather Roach. Her move to Los Angeles—and time spent training at a cinema makeup school in the city—solidified her place in the industry. Heather also specializes in bridal, event, and fashion styling; she coalesces all areas of her expertise when she helps clients who seek to replicate a look from a specific era or movie.
Though Salon Xia exists within a century-old cottage, its interior is nowhere near outdated. And that’s because owner Mark Mayner decided to keep the space airy, bright, and clean through the use of stained wooden accents and large, sun-soaked windows. Such contemporary touches wrap around the salon space, where stylists can often be found coloring and highlighting hair with high-end products including Aveda Full Spectrum and Redken Color Fusion dyes. The stylists also reach for Unite haircare products as they create new 'dos that are further informed by ongoing teachings from the Toni and Guy Academy.
Taking their name from the 18% chromium and 8% nickel that transform regular steel into stainless steel, the staff of 18|8 Fine Men's Salons master grooming services to transform their clients into chiseled gentlemen. A greeter waits at the salon entrance with a complimentary beverage for each client and guides him to his stylist's booth or to a private or semiprivate treatment area for facials, massage, and other grooming sessions. Stylists carefully cut and color the hair of their clients, finishing Executive cuts and styles with five-minute shoulder massages and Bay Rum hot towels.
Technicians groom hands with MANicures and faces with straight-edge blade shaves and hot lather eos moisturizing shave cream. Guests can relax during 20-minute therapeutic massages to finish their visit and ease any tension built up in hands and forearms by excessive whittling.
Gil his team of stylists at Salon De La Cruz primp clients with treatments ranging from haircuts and highlights to makeup. While they tend tresses with paraben-free products, natural light pours through a custom skylight and illumines their eco-friendly interior. The sleek design features stained concrete floors and reclaimed wood furniture. Compact fluorescent lamps also help conserve energy, unlike traditional light bulbs, which are fueled by a disdain for nature.
Experienced colorists and stylists skillfully frame heads with well-sculpted manes. Stylists consult with hair-owners before cuts and helps them maintain scalp radiance afterward, providing an in-house line of hair products as well as obedience training for new hair dryers.