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.
Laka Manicure Express is one of only six Laka franchises in the entire United States, specializing in express manicures. Located within the Westfield Culver City mall, the salon invites patrons into its open, bar-like space, where nail technicians cater to busy women by performing 15-minute express manicures that culminate in more than 150 fashionable shades of polish.
There's the kind of nail art that features colorful stripes and glittery flowers. And then there's what House of Polish owner Robert Nguyen and his team do: graffiti-style letters, sculptural 3D designs, even mini murals that stretch across 10 nails with impossibly detailed likenesses of characters such as E.T., Yoda, and the Cheshire Cat. Nguyen's art has amassed more than 10,000 Instagram followers and even a TV audience: he's appeared as a contestant on Oxygen's Nail'd It.?
As an international educator for OPI, Nguyen has seen his fair share of nail salons, which helped him create one of the country's most luxurious nail boutiques. Once guests choose a bottle from a polish wall of more than 2,000 colors, they can settle into a studded armchair, grab a pair of blinged-out Beats by Dre headphones, and watch Netflix on one of the salon's iPads. Before or after their services, they can also head upstairs to the lounge for a complimentary drink or complimentary compliment from the bar.
GlamMe Beauty Studio?s team travel to homes, places of work, and dentists? offices to pamper clients. They also work at 11 salons in LA and surrounding areas. Stylists cut hair, magically grow hair with extensions, and embellish strands with semipermanent color and highlights. They also beautify nails during mani-pedis, wax away fuzz on faces, and add drama to peepers with eyelash extensions.
When men need pampering, they escape to Mr. Nail Lounge. The plush salon is open only to gents, and aestheticians, called "lounge specialists" here, groom fingers and toes during luxurious nail treatments. During basic mani-pedi packages, these specialists remove jagged cuticles, buff nails, and trim and file them without using sandpaper or a cat's tongue. Add-ons include skin-softening paraffin treatments, foot and hand massages, and the gentle removal of calluses.
Three principles have made Nailagio's owner and nail technician Judy Tran popular with celebrities such as Jessica Simpson, Heather Locklear, and Jada Pinkett Smith. For more than 25 years, the beauty veteran has built her nail career on these basics: precisely prepare the nail bed, use uncompromising technical expertise, and only work with the finest-quality products.
At her highly sanitized facility, Judy and a team of nail technicians use more than 10 brands, including OPI, Essie, Poshe, and Young Nails, to fortify nails with acrylic or fiberglass covers, Shellac or gel polish, and French tips. Bold clients can take advantage of the nail team's nail-art capabilities, which include painting nails with everything from animal prints and abstract designs to festive American flags and replicas of the Declaration of Independence.