At Drybar, a pair of scissors or hair-coloring foil is nowhere to be found. That?s because the business?s founder, Alli Webb, opened the shop strictly for blowouts after her in-home business skyrocketed. Featured extensively in the media, each of the more than 25 white-hued, airy shops revolves around a center bar where customers sit for around 45 minutes as stylists blow-dry, straighten, and curl their hair. From a menu booklet, clients select a cocktail-themed hairstyle, such as The Mai Tai, which imparts beachy waves, and The Manhattan, which streamlines locks with a sleek finish that mimics the straight lines of downtown New York and can be outfitted with a tiny doorman who hails cabs for you. The staff at Drybar also crafts updos, travels on location for an additional fee, offers high-end products and tools available for purchase, and tallies bar tabs so that customers can pay for multiple blowouts at once.
The team at Savvy Salon The Studio aims to furnish clients with both everyday and runway-ready looks, earning the opportunity to style Elite model photo shoots as well as a visit from KCAL 9's California Adventure TV. As stylists pamper tresses with Schwarzkopf, K?rastase, and Bumble and bumble products, the salon's d?cor pampers the senses with richly hued wall hangings and striking black-and-white photographs. Besides hair services, specialty facials infuse mugs with a youthful glow previously attained only by participating in all-day kick-the-can competitions. Next door, Savvy's beauty studio brims with a dizzying assortment of handpicked products from renowned brands such as Bumble and bumble, L'Or?al Professionnel, ?minence Organic skincare, and bareMinerals cosmetics.
Kalologie's expert beauty gurus offer a first-class selection of pampering services, earning the franchise a spot on Elle magazine's 2008 list of Top 10 Beauty Boutiques. The staff exfoliates faces with more than 10 varieties of facials and peels, using the boutique's own line of products custom formulated from medical-grade ingredients free of parabens and sulfates. Therapists also treat clients with massage modalities such as Swedish, shiatsu, and deep-tissue, as well as waxing treatments that use specially formulated hard and soft wax for all areas of the body. Airbrush spray tans round out the menu of services, leaving bodies with a bronze hue similar to that achieved by bathing in a tub of melted-down doorknobs.
Before moving to California 14 years ago, Kristine Marcey worked as a professional makeup artist in the fashion industry and she also worked as an educator for Rhonda Allison Skincare. But today, this Licensed Aesthetician and California certified massage therapist owns and operates KM Skin & Body Solutions. Opening her own business has given Kristine the opportunity to share her knowledge with clients. And her spa offers scrubs, deep chemical peels, microdermabrasions, and facial waxes to benefit skin conditions, including hyperpigmentation, rosacea, acne, sun damage, and photoaging.
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 Kérastase. 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.
At Skin Care by Maria, natural beauty emerges as facial treatments remove skin imperfections and reveal younger, more radiant skin. Microdermabrasion, facials, and peels exfoliate dead skin cells from the surface and facial waxing grooms eyebrows. LED and microcurrent technologies reduce the appearance of acne, discoloration, or signs of aging. A private company in the industry for more than 40 years provides the skincare studio with serums, elixirs, and creams to keep faces as polished as the Most Improved Boss trophy your boss gifts himself every year.