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.
Aesthetician Trina Renea oversees the Facial Bungalow's team of medical aestheticians and designs customized treatments worthy of praise from the outspoken Tabatha Coffey of Tabatha's Salon Takeover. Bristles tremble and flee during a Brazilian bikini wax, a relatively pain-free process designed to swiftly lift hair from intimate areas. Nimble hands complete the process in a quick 20 minutes, allowing ladies to swing through the salon before any upcoming date, swim meet, or parka fashion show.
Monique Powers approaches each makeup-application session with an open mind and—more importantly—open ears. She listens carefully to each client's unique preferences; and for those who don't know what they want, she presents pictures and color palates before determining the first look to try. She has extensive experience working with women of all ages, nationalities, and skin types, readying them for events ranging from weddings to nights out on the town.
To further enhance facial features, Monique, who calls herself an “eyebrow architect,” sculpts and shapes eyebrows for men and women. She adds healthy color to bodies during airbrush-tanning sessions, and she improves skin's health through a spectrum of specialized facials and peels.
Padded leather manicure and pedicure chairs line the walls of Nail Me!, but they might not be the first thing visitors notice at this newly opened spa. Soft light falls from an enormous crystal chandelier, wall panels are upholstered in tiny artificial flowers, and silvery beaded curtains hang between pedicure thrones. In this elegant environment, nail services are enriched by little luxuries such as salt rubs, essential-oil soaks, hot towels, and massages. Facials can be tailored to skin impacted by fine lines, environmental stress, or acne, among other conditions, and full-body treatments exfoliate, firm, and relax skin from head to toe.
The experienced team at Prime Brows specializes in custom airbrush tans, during which a technician bronzes bodies quickly and safely. In addition to tanning 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.
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.