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.
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.
Faccia Bella Beauty Studio?s staff primps clients with a diverse selection of aesthetic services?they can render anything from a simple brow wax to body-slimming therapy. Aestheticians can whisk guests past the wood cabinetry-outfitted styling area to the skin treatment area for microdermabrasions and enzyme peels that mitigate visible signs of aging, and their permanent makeup applications can fill in brows, darken eyelines, and add color to lips. With Aveda products, hairstylists render exquisite styles, or they can manipulate texture with perms or Japanese straightening treatments. Alternatively, nail technicians adorn digits with crackle and long-lasting gel polish?they can even do a Chuck Taylor sneaker design that looks uncannily real. The staff even goes beyond aesthetics, offering personalized massages that address any problem areas, such as an attic that has so many cobwebs you have to contort your way through it and hurt your back.
While the term organic is most commonly used in a grocery store, it is also has a place in the salon world. Using cruelty-free, vegan products, recyclable materials, and a reusable building, the stylists at VP Salon Organic create chic, modern looks without causing harm to the body or the surrounding environment. The brains behind the operation, stylist Vincenzo Papasidero, is committed to offering high quality services that eschew the harsh chemicals and animal-derived products used in so many salons. He believes that this commitment to eco-friendly products is essential, because when his clients leave his salon, they can feel good about their own health and the health of the environment. And during each service, Papasidero, who mastered the art of the dry cut while living in the Italian Riviera, and his team approach clients as a consultant might, helping to create personalized looks with the utmost attention.
Isabel, a lead stylist and makeup artist at Tangles Salon, has spent her seven years in the field specializing in a number of styling techniques. She is a hair-color expert with ample skills in balayage highlights, ombre effect, and color correction. She knows the Deva haircutting techniques for curly hair, and trims a clean hairline on men. The talented stylist is also certified in ShrinkLink and Skin Weft hair extensions.