"Ancient Chinese wisdom makes me realize my modern education and intellect, although excellent, [are] not enough to understand the mystery of life," Victor Cheng explains. Coming from a highly educated medical professional, it's an astonishingly humble statement, but Victor and his wife, Sewon Kim, pride themselves on delving deep for answers when treating their patients.
Striving to deliver comprehensive and personalized treatment plans, Victor and Sewon specialize in traditional Chinese medicine such as acupressure and acupuncture. They also turn to Chinese herbs to treat myriad problems, from digestive issues to growing pains caused by an abnormally large pair of wings.
Unwanted hairs are swiftly removed from heads at Perfect Image Salon. The stylists expertly cut overgrown locks into new looks such as bobs, long layers, side-swept bangs, and pixies. Further transformation arrives in the form of a color change, volume-boosting perm, and keratin hair-smoothing treatment.
Creation Salon’s team of expert stylists, therapists, and aestheticians enhances hair, skin, nails, and muscles within a brightly hued cottage storefront. Owner Amber Hale and her fellow coiffeuses treat locks to alluring new ‘dos or blowouts, daub tresses with block coloring, and charm snakes before sculpting gorgon-inspired dreadlocks. Manicures and pedicures treat appendages to massages and herb soaks, and facials soothe stressed skin with gentle cleansers. A warm bath of wax relieves underarms, bikini areas, and eyebrows of unwanted fringe and primes skin for applications of glitter tattoos, whose waterproof designs pay homage to favorite shapes or phrases from the Constitution. Behind a mint-green façade and wrought-iron porch, a gleaming chandelier casts its warm light on the salon’s reception area.
Suzie Johnson studied the art of eyelash extensions in Los Angeles and puts her skills to work today at Tease Hair Studio. Donning magnifying glasses for a deeper view of her subject's lids, she uses tiny tweezers to adhere each individual extension to her client’s natural lashes. Each one adds length and volume to winks and blinks, negating the need for heavy mascaras or well-trained pet caterpillars.
Some of dance instructor Jessica Hall's students have gone on to tour with Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige. That's because when she teaches, she taps into her experience as a choreographer and dancer for MTV and HBO and having made appearances in movies, TV shows, and commercials. At The Swan Studio, she shares her encyclopedic knowledge of dancing and the role of dancing in show business with her students. The studio also offers Pilates classes, which are designed to help students of all levels build lean muscle, lose weight, improve posture, and eliminate back pain.
From within Diva Salon’s elegant, neutral-toned enclave, stylist Trista Waldron keeps locks up to date with precision cuts and color treatments. After snipping hair into flattering formations, she pulls from a cache of Enjoy and Bumble and bumble products to give new dos structure and shine.
Technology isn't just about making better gadgets—it's meant to improve every aspect of our lives. The savvy skincare therapists at Facials for Effect take this heart, refreshing complexions with a bevy of advanced, thoughtful techniques. Ultrasound waves can reawaken collagen production to keep skin looking tight and youthful, and light therapies can zap away imperfections and stowaway cookie crumbs.