Lina Latief—owner of 818 Skincare—is a one-woman beautifying powerhouse. In 2007 she kicked open the doors to her own studio, after working a stint selling French beauty products. Her apprenticeship paid off. Armed with a fistful of certifications and the epidermal insights she gained during that time, she revamps exteriors with all kinds of treatments. In addition to customized Ultimate Facials with cocoa enzymes or organic peels she’s expanded into the realm of body wraps, spray tans, and microdermabrasion.
Vinita Vineet, owner of Vinita's Beauty & Threading Studio, hails from India, bringing Eastern depilation techniques to the West Coast. She and her staff of trained threading experts whisk hair from men's and women's faces, creating perfectly shaped brows, silky upper lips, and cheeks that are smoother than a newly polished bowling lane. For body parts south of the face, they rely on waxing treatments to remove unwanted hair. Artistically applied henna tattoos adorn arms, legs, and décolletage; henna is also used to tint hair.
The aestheticians at Asava Medi Spa cleanse complexions with 12 kinds of facials, but their services don’t just run skin-deep. In addition to fighting signs of aging and acne with Yon-Ka skincare products, technicians administer Botox injections and laser hair removal and work to slim curves with VelaShape treatments that don’t require incisions or knowledge of how a carburetor works.
The aestheticians at Divine Threading Studio treat clients to services as modern as Dermalogica facials and as traditional as henna tattoos. The salon specializes in depilation treatments, which remove hair using either the familiar heated-wax method or the ancient Eastern threading technique that's considered more appealing to people with sensitive skin. The aestheticians also showcase their precise handiwork by applying intricately designed henna tattoos, which weave their way up the hands and arms of brides-to-be or clients who want to test-drive a tattoo design for a few weeks. For a finishing touch, clients can ask for an ear or nose piercing, face accessories as stylish as Mr. Potato Head's during Fashion Week.
The professional staff at Sandy’s Threading & Beauty banishes unwanted hair in quick visits with expert waxing and threading services. Clients discuss aesthetic desires for their brows, which may involve accenting peepers with ultra-thin streaks or shaping tufts into an upside-down mustache to complete optical-illusion costumes. Aestheticians ensnare stray hairs between strands of thread, leaving eyebrows even and clearly defined. For the bikini wax, clients recline as aestheticians apply warm wax to quickly and efficiently remove unwanted hair.