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.
From the walls that enclose Zena Day Spa's 6,000-square-foot space, one can almost feel sun seeping from the great, rough-hewn stone blocks and murals influenced by the ancient Egyptians. Intricately woven gold speckled with authenticity-testing bite marks trims Victorian-style couches, upon which clients nip at complimentary beverages. Extremities wrapped around warm mugs or wading through luxurious carpet prepare for dips in oil, paraffin, and a warm lotion or cooling gel infused with sea salt, and beautifiers overhaul hair, nails, skin and bodies with opulent spa and salon treatments.
Organic, semipermanent makeup accentuates facial features, and bold brushstrokes paint exotic scenes behind pedicure chairs and above gleaming marble countertops. The scent of potted lilies rides waves of eucalyptus-infused steam past the strawberry-blond wooden slats that border a sauna. The spa's private showers are ideal for relaxing cleanup or tearful regrets about taking cotton candy in the shower.
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.
UV light from five levels of tanning booths and beds sets all-white interiors aglow at Total Tan's two locations in West Hollywood and Marina Del Rey. Designed by upscale brands such as Ergoline and Matrix, each bronzing chamber cossets clients with amenities including voice-guided operated controls, music, and cooling fans that pump air directly from Total Tan's sister salon in the Antarctic. Patrons can enhance sessions with lotions from brands such as California Tan and Australian Gold.
Alternatively, custom airbrush spray tans evenly coat skin with Infinity Sun solution, whose cocktail of DHA and pure botanicals leaves bodies bronzed for up to 10 days. Inside Total Tan's cellulite bike chamber, infrared lights work to smooth cellulite problem areas as the client pedals a stationary bike at 75% maximum heart rate in an attempt to escape the nearby stationary rottweiler.
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.
Within the burnt-orange salon, expert stylists examine hair before taking scissors to strands and unleashing the professional bob or flirty long curls within. They specialize in Brazilian blowouts, which transforms curly or frizzy hair into smooth, straight lengths. A dedicated wedding stylist twists, braids, and knots hair into fancy updos for brides and maids of honor.