Coffee, tea, and other beverages fill guests hands at Sharp Cutz N Color Salon, where master stylists and colorists work to beautify hair. For them, length and color hold only part of a hairstyle?s visual appeal; texture is an equally important piece of the puzzle. After they neaten hair with trims and cuts, they smoothen away waves or coil hair into formal buns, Indian-style braids, or playful crimps and twists.
Lipstic Salon & Spa's customizes beautifying treatments to each client, using imported products including Académie de Beauté from France and Davines from Italy. Warm lighting spills over clients as they cross Lipstic's floors, flanked by organic tones and wooden accents, and sink into treatment chairs where five coloring options render locks more luminous and healthy than a supernova on a diet of oatmeal. Before clients abscond to beach vacations, waxing specialists groom manly backs and shoulders as well as womanly bikini areas and underarms. Clients then revivify their visages with a choice from more than a dozen facials and peels that bolster collagen production and imbue epidermises with skin-tightening, age-defying nutrients. To cap off a day of relaxation or soothe away the stresses of chauffeuring children from soccer practice to their stockbroker's office, the multitalented staff also doles out mani-pedis and calming massages.
The therapists at Blue Diamond Spa render skincare services, massage therapy, and energy healing. From facials and micropeels to seaweed treatments and body waxing, experienced skincare specialists remove dead skin cells from surfaces and dirt from pores with products from Dermalogica and Jane Iredale. Massage therapists knead out tension and help prevent injury by applying various degrees of pressure, like parents trying to get a perfect child to eat dessert for once. Alternate therapies treat more stubborn imperfections with plastic surgery and Zerona laser treatments that help patients lose weight. Their energy healing, meanwhile, can relieve chronic pain and fatigue. Blue Diamond Spa offers beauty injectables such as Botox and fillers, as well as Carboxy. In addition, there are two Ayurvedic-medicine practitioners on the staff.
An off-shoot of BE Beverly Hills—a company dedicated to eco-friendly beauty products—Blowlux shapes clients' hairstyles, nails, and faces under BE's guiding principle: making clients feel beautiful with all-natural, luxurious cosmetic services. Garnering the approval of such high-profile outlets as O magazine and Glamour, BE Beverly Hills and Blowlux focus on professional-level blowouts that achieve a variety of looks, from rolling waves to straight, smooth locks. Within the salon's purple-accented walls and dazzling white interior, aestheticians also indulge hands and feet with mani-pedis and highlight faces with makeup, creating visages more artfully composed than the Mona Lisa with the distracting dragon tattoo over her left eye.
Los Angeles. London. Hong Kong. This may sound like a globetrotter's dream itinerary, but it's really a list of locations where hairstylist Ivy Dobbs trained. In addition to gaining experience in the world?s style capitals, she also studied at the Vidal Sassoon Academy?a network of schools that imbues practical, everyday beauty techniques with international sophistication. Now more than a decade into her career, Ivy owns Euphoria Salon. At stations back-dropped by exposed brick, her stylists renovate 'dos, quenching dry ends with Moroccanoil's omega-3 oils and antioxidants or granting a gift of frizz-free months with Brazilian Blowout's straightening system.