For 25 years, aesthetician Sara West has studied skin as dry as a desert and as oily as a car engine. In the process, she’s developed a mental tome of advice for her clients. Yet even as she educates on the role skincare products, exercise, and diet play in the health of one’s complexion, she continues her own education, ensuring that she has the most accurate advice to give. Inside her studio, where smooth black tile floors sprawl beneath modern wooden furniture that entices the eye with soft, curved lines, she tends to customers' faces with a range of holistic and medical treatments. Fruit-infused peels, green-tea and herbal steam, lavender, and chamomile bathe her clients’ faces, whereas plant-based ingredients cleanse their pores and free them of the urge to nap facedown in their gardens.
Boasting a prolific portfolio that highlights his range of professional work, Andrew Zepeda @ Salon Republic harnesses his talents as a hair and makeup artist to beautify clients with a menu of appearance enhancements at the West Hollywood salon. The mane master forges strands as nourished as they are stylish, pairing complimentary scalp treatments with each men's or women's haircut while incorporating conditioning treatments into each color session. Tresses in need of lengthening can bask in A-grade Remy hair extensions, which use real hair to augment existing coiffures, whereas applications of makeup and false lashes help clients avoid awkward run-ins with discarded bathroom mirrors.
In luxurious Oscars and Grammy gift-bags to the stars, it's not rare to find a certificate for one of Marc Edward's specialty facials. One of Hollywood's most sought-out aestheticians, Edward, in turn, seeks out the most opulent and effective skincare products to use in his facials, which he has perfected over a more-than-10-year career. In fact, he counts more than 4,000 celebrities and Los Angelenos as clients, and has performed nearly 35,000 facials since embarking on his career. At his self-named skincare clinic, he and his staff also dole out massages—Swedish, deep-tissue, pregnancy, sports, and shiatsu—that leave clients more relaxed than a cow at a vegan restaurant.
Sleek and stylish, Chroma Studio's interior is bathed in the bright sunlight that filters in from large windows. Hardwood floors glimmer beneath exotic potted plants that book-end a row of chrome and leather chairs, where stylists work diligently to snip, color, and deep-condition hair. Helmed by master stylist Troy Zestos—who has done hair in TV and films such as Bridesmaids, The O.C., and I Love You, Man—Chroma Studio's staffers use top-of-the line products to assure locks walk out the door looking shinier and more kempt than a brass-plated wig from the collection of Emily Post.
Trina Renea started out in L.A. as a singer in a punk band, later taking a more peaceful turn into the skincare and spa world. Having amassed more than 15 years of experience in the health and beauty industries, today she's the owner of Facial Bungalow. To best help her clients, she specializes in anti-aging facials and treatments that fight acne, rather than just encouraging it to move to the back of your head. She dabbles in cosmetic chemistry too, collaborating with experts on her product line, Trina Renea Skincare.
The experienced team at Prime Brows specializes in waxing. In addition to waxing services, Prime Brows offers threading, where twisted-cotton threads that are rolled across the hairline to uproot entire rows of unwanted follicles. Inside the salon, Billboard Top 40 videos play across a large screen to celebrate the departure of problem hairs and drown out the sound of paparazzi hounding celebrities on the nearby Sunset Plaza.