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.
Paul Mitchell The School - Pasadena offers its students 6,000 square feet of learning. Experienced instructors guide students through every snip, curl, and highlight as they hone their skills sculpting new hairstyles. In addition to styling services, the school offers facials, body waxing, and makeup applications, so clients can look good for daytime jaunts, evening outings, and dates with their pillows.
Salon du Mei's trained experts beautify clients between walls that support green-and-red rice-paper parasols and underneath ceilings that drip with sheer curtains. In addition to haircuts and color, stylists soften frizzy tendrils with treatments by Brazilian Blowout and Pravana. Inside private massage rooms, therapists release muscle tension and relieve anxiety by gently kneading sinews with soft teddy bears. The team can also wax unwanted fuzz, tint lashes and brows, apply purifying facials, and embellish faces with permanent makeup.
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.
The label all natural isn't lip service at Aveda. Bound by its mission to "care for the world," the company has created strictly selective criteria for what goes into its products. The most notable rule: 50% of every ingredient's molecular weight must come from a plant, a nonpetroleum mineral, or inorganic matter obtained exclusively from sustainable sources. Though the dedicated stylists and aestheticians at Bokaos may not be the ones fiddling with chemistry sets to formulate these eco-friendly products, they do stand by them 100% during every service.
For instance, hairstylists revamp outmoded styles with color formulas made from 99% natural ingredients, and they add bounce and movement to strands with Aveda retexturing systems enriched with certified organic ylang ylang. Meanwhile, aestheticians beautify skin with an array of facials and body treatments that use exfoliating salt glows culled from the Dead Sea, as well as plant-based waxing services augmented with skin-soothing essential oils. Once hair and skin is prepped, makeup artists swoop in to finish the look, melding a special foundation with water before applying it to faces with an airbrush, hiding blemishes, skin discoloration, and Sharpie?d chemistry notes for up to 20 hours.
Cofounder Tina Mui-Wong boasts a passion for the beauty industry that spurred her to earn a cosmetology license before completing high school and establish a pair of spas that have thrived for more than 25 years. In a 2010 interview with Pasadena Magazine, Mui-Wong admits to being a "product freak," which is reflected in her role as developer of Amadeus's signature line, T.E.A. The staff and salon has appeared in the film Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, graced television screens on ABC's Extreme Makeover, and exhibited their handiwork on the Rose Bowl queen and her court of chrysanthemum noblesse for two decades.
Amadeus takes pride in its custom massages, and re-trains every nail technician in-house to ensure updated mastery of the hand jive. Guests receive slippers, robes, and complimentary skin consultations upon request, and may pad down the scented hallways after their treatment to decompress in a eucalyptus steam room.