"Della Stella understands the mind-body-spirit connection in haircare," according to owner-stylist Heidi. The salon takes an integrative approach to beauty, loading the space up with amenities designed to surprise and delight, including complimentary beverages and glamorous decor such as wrought-iron chandeliers dripping with strings of crystal beads. The salon’s repertoire of treatments is designed to remake clients into their most glamorous, enviable selves at the hands of the prodigiously talented staff. The team is composed of three hairstylists, two cosmetology apprentices, one aesthetician, and a manicurist who's been detailing digits since fingers were invented more than 20 years ago.
In Japanese, “shizen” means “nature,” an entity that owner Yumi Youn strives to channel every day through relaxing and meditative qualities in each of her services. As owner of Spa Shizen, she wears many hats, performing skincare, hair, and waxing services for her loyal clientele. One of her specialties is applying eyelash extensions, which she meticulously affixes one lash at a time using Eyelash Lab synthetic lashes. Yumi also offers classes to teach students tricks of the trade, such as creating a natural-looking brow arch and mixing a personalized skincare mask using only shredded Halloween masks.
The knowledgeable staffers at Planet Beauty stock the store?s shelves with enough top-quality beauty products to outfit a regiment of beauticians. Guided by experience as aestheticians, stylists, and makeup artists, they help guests navigate the roster of premium brands, which includes bad-hair-day-banishing products from Frederic Fekkai and K?rastase. Skincare potions from Dermalogica and Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.
Expert mane mavens at Blo-Out Lounge, which has garnered shout-outs from LA Girl, help guests choose one of five blow-out options, including Big Sexy Hair, with volume and curls, or the straight, sleek look of Urban Girl. Before sudsing up and styling locks, tress tamers evaluate the hair's condition and select a preexisting Bumble and bumble hair mask or whip up a custom creation. The masks soak into strands beneath a hot-towel wrap for about 10 minutes, and, depending on the mask, quench parched skull grass, bolster thickness, or make hair shinier than a bald head dipped in liquid gold.
Concerto Salon & Spa is a style savvy, full-service salon that revitalizes and rejuvenates countenances to accentuate natural beauty. The highly trained team of stylists will transform fading follicles into coiffures more brilliant than a battalion of Einstein clones. Following a consultation, a tress tamer will unsheathe his well-oiled scissor fingers and use an encyclopedic knowledge of classic and contemporary fashions to sculpt a complementary face frame with a haircut and style (a $55 value). Then dermal detailers will smooth facial planes with a half-hour mini facial (a $45 value). Rid skin soil of wrinkles, dead cells, and perilous sand traps with a fleet of microscopic bulldozers that leave faces level and ready to be covered in decorative faux-fur tattoos. Finally, uproot real facial forests with an eyebrow wax (a $18 value), where Concerto Salon & Spa's arching artists will form forehead ornaments into pristine shapes.
Attentive staff, minimalist furnishings, and open, uncluttered spaces place the focus on each client's needs at this chic Aveda concept salon. A 60-minute elemental nature facial begins with a consultation to address skin concerns with a choicely worded letter. Next, a customized selection of products goes to work to make your glower glow. A gentle exfoliation scrubs away skin's epi-most dermis, leaving a clean, fresh layer of skin that hasn't been seen by the naked eye since you were 3. Then, moisturizers hydrate thirsty cells, avoiding the crispy edges of the oily-dry spectrum in favor of a pleasantly neutral spot in between. After 60 minutes of face time, your aesthetician will move to its ancillaries with a 15-minute, chakra-balancing massage. Expert fingers realign wandering chakras—energy centers in the body— with the help of a balancing blend of aromas, then a deep tissue massage of the back and spinal muscles matches inner balance with outer balance. Unlike the time you got stranded on an interstate island, leave prepared for any challenge your face might face with $20 worth of Aveda skincare products.