Lorine Mikhaeil leads a busy life. A trained nurse and a certified permanent makeup artist, she helms Organic Permanent Makeup (OPM) as well as Zena Day Spa, Derma Blush, and American Permanent Cosmetics Institute. But no matter how busy Lorine gets, she always takes her time with her clients.
At OPM, Lorine uses a semi-permanent organic ink to expertly define brows, lips, eyelids, and even areolas for those affected by breast cancer. This metal-free formulation gives her greater control when she is applying the ink into the upper dermal layer. During these treatments, Lorine uses an advanced power pin and for brows a specialized hairbrush stroke method that she invented herself, which gives the illusion of 3D brow strands. To ensure clients are inked with complementing colors, Lorine refers to the Fitzpatrick skin type chart to make sure brows match their skin tone and auras.
Though OPM's name focuses on one service, the boutique spa's menu is brimming with a range of other aesthetic treatments. Strands stand no chance against OPM's three hair removal systems, which include waxing, threading, and laser hair removal. Alternately, dermal fillers and microdermabrasions keep complexions firm and looking younger than a toddler holding a newborn dolphin.
When it comes to beauty maintenance, Nunei Harrington asserts, ?If you cannot eat it, do not put it on your skin.? The licensed aesthetician puts her words into practice at Sola Salon by using only natural products, including real fruits and vegetables, which she hand-blends to create custom facials, Nufree vegan hair-removal wax, and organic makeup.
During customized facials, Harrington can target environmental damage with organic pumpkin; fight acne with volcanic ash; and calm rosacea with rosewater, chamomile, and bedtime stories?all tailored to skin type. Facials include deep-tissue massage of the face, neck, and shoulders. Hair-removal sessions utilize either botanical Nufree vegan products or homemade beeswax and leave skin soft, smooth, and moisturized. Other spa treatments include the raindrop technique, which combines aromatherapy and essential oils from Young Living to relax the body and mysteriously balance the client's checkbook.
The Establishment Salon is an Aveda concept salon in Silver Lake, one of Los Angeles’ hippest and most youthful neighborhoods. Treatments include haircuts, coloring, waxing, makeup, eyelash tinting and assorted skin services; only Aveda products are used, of course. The glass front lets in a lot of light, hitting warm wooden accents throughout, and the front of their store stocks a wide variety of those same in-use products, which can be purchased on site for those interested in perfecting their look at home. The Establishment also offers a full service French press coffee and tea to all of their clients inside the smallish space, where only six salon stations and one spa treatment room exist.
It goes without saying that a trip to the salon should be relaxing and devoid of scheduling nightmares. That’s why Blue Velvet Hair Salon's stylists stay late one night of the week, extending their schedules to include after-hours appointments. Regardless of whether they’re working in the morning or late evening, these stylists make sure to listen to their clients before drawing on continuing education to cut hair according to the latest trends. The staff also offers waxing treatments, spa facials, and makeup for weddings. When in need of inspiration, the stylists may take a peek at the salon’s walls, which are covered with work by local artists and the obsessive scribblings of local mystics.
After graduating from the Aveda Institute in New York with a degree in esthiology science, B.B. Wax’s owner, Yana Landau, honed her craft in New York City and Miami, gaining certification in chemical-peel application, eyelash extensions, and waxing along the way. Today, Yana leads her professional team as they revitalize clients with products from brands such as PCA Skin, JB Lashes, and Smart Skin Solutions. Aestheticians restore faces to youthful vigor with facials, peels, and microdermabrasion treatments, and smooth bodies with a full range of waxing services for men and women. They also empower eyes with fluttering NovaLash eyelash extensions, which are weightless, waterproof, and can last for up to two months, depending on how many butterflies clients kiss at the bar.
When most people check their nails, they don't expect to find an art gallery. Nail Service's clientele, however, is used to leaving with dazzling designs at its fingertips. Mondrian color patterns, white lilies floating like jellyfish through inky blackness, blood-red witchy-woman talons, rhinestone-encrusted pinkscapes to match any Barbie's Dream House?Nail Service's variety of Japanese 3D gels and custom-painted abstractions has made it a "Little Tokyo cult favorite for LA?s nail art-obsessed set," according to Los Angeles Confidential.
The nail techs also excel at the fundamentals, enhancing routine mani-pedis with organic lotions and scrubs infused with herbs, citrus, and essential oils. Similarly, the salon's stylists accentuate gazes with synthetic or mink eyelash extensions that can withstand showers, swimming pools, and up to three stooges' worth of seltzer bottles.