The 5 Best Hidden Beauty Finds In Los Angeles
The best beauty finds in Los Angeles, thankfully, aren't always celebrity hotspots. Whether you're in the mood for a new 'do or just want to treat yourself, these hidden gems will deliver great results every time without breaking the bank and without a month-long waiting list.
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Brows by Shaila
Great brow techs are hard to find, even in a city as ripe with beauty destinations as Los Angeles. And to talk about great brows in Los Angeles is to talk about a few household names: Eugenia Weston from Senna Cosmetics, Anastasia of Beverly Hills, and Kelley Baker. Shaila Paredes of Brows by Shaila has trained and worked under all 3, honing her skills and developing her brow shaping skills into a true art form, eventually opening up her own studio. With an amazing attention to detail and a hard-to-find dedication to customer service, Shaila won't let you leave her chair until both of you are completely satisfied with your brows.
Brows by Shaila at Sola Salon Studios 12121 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 102, Studio 2 in Brentwood, (818) 331-3017
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The Private Room
Located in Beverly Hills, the Private Room is a full-service boutique salon offering luxury hair services. But don't fret if you don't have a Beverly Hills-budget: the Private Room's shining star is their menu of signature services. Owner Tina Dizon offers a Bang Station that can give you the Bardot bangs of your dreams or even fix your fringe for $20; the Locks Lab, where you can re-invent your hairstyle with extensions starting at $20; and a Color Pop! bar that lets you add fun, temporary streaks of pink, blue, or purple (or any rainbow shade) to your hair for ten bucks.
The Private Room is located at 9414 Brighton Way in Beverly Hills, (310) 247-2228
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This or Die Salon
Blink and you'll miss it: This or Die, a tiny shop in the up-and-coming Atwater Village, is the Northeast's best kept secret. With its exposed ceilings, red walls, and concrete floors, the salon looks like a former garage turned into a sexy boudoir—to be honest, sort of what we imagine Angelina Jolie's teenage bedroom to look like. It's edgy without being in your face, and you can walk in with California blonde hair down to your back or a leopard print fade without feeling out of place. Stylists specialize in all hair types and textures, for both men and women, so if the idea of chopping even two inches off your hair freaks you out, they'll talk you through it step by step, inch by inch, so that you leave feeling and looking your best.
This Or Die Salon is located at 3205 Glendale Blvd in Atwater Village
As the name suggests, Nitespa does its best work at night. They’re open until 10 pm daily, so you can pop in for a facial, manicure, or massage without having to take a day off work. Their extended hours aren’t the only thing that makes them unique: their service menu offers everything from hangover cures to farm-fresh facials. That's right: they feature a Farm-2-Face program, in which your esthetician will use organic ingredients sourced from the Mar Vista and other westside Farmer's Markets mixed with globally sourced essential oils, minerals, and spices to fix whatever ails you.
Nitespa is located at 12024 Venice Blvd, Suite D in Mar Vista, (310) 390-5122
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WORK Face & Body Solutions
Whether your skin is seriously congested or you just want to get your glow on, booking an appointment at WORK is worth the drive to Pasadena. Owner/esthetician Raissa Reed’s private studio in Cote d’Azur’s fairytale-like bungalow is a welcome reprieve from the hustle-and-bustle of LA. Once inside, you’re treated to affordable services with tried-and-true techniques: Reed will never put your skin through unnecessary trends or treatments—no vampire facials here. With a simple, clinical approach to skincare, WORK is a breath of fresh air for both your skin and your expectations.
WORK Face & Body Solutions inside Cote d’ Azur 41 W. Bellevue Dr. in Pasadena, (323) 627-6227