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Los Angeles: Beauty, Barbers, & Wellness City Guide

Los Angeles: Beauty, Barbers, & Wellness City Guide

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The center of the entertainment industry, the largest city in California, and the second-largest metropolis in the country, Los Angeles is famous for its thriving food scene, sprawling metropolis, and miles of scenic coastline.

Rent a bike and spend the day riding along the beach, or stop by Koreatown for world-class cuisine that won’t break the bank. Not only is LA the home of Hollywood and the center of the movie industry, but it’s also a global capital of music and visual art, where thousands move every year to pursue their dreams. Enjoy live music from up-and-coming artists, eat incredible Mexican food, and stroll along the shops of Melrose Avenue. Whether you’re visiting LA for the first time, or you’ve lived here your whole life, this vibrant, sunny city always has something new to offer. We compiled information about the top beauty and wellness professionals in LA, so that you can look and feel your best while you enjoy the City of Angels!

Beauty

Ayrus

Ayrus with the Dreads

4407 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles, 900044

Ayrus with the Dreads is a professional dreadlocks artist and natural hair styling specialist located in Central LA. Ayrus specializes in organic loc services, palm rolling, twisting, interlocking, loc repairs, and loc styling. He uses organic moisturizers that are natural, raw, homemade, and cruelty-free. Clients describe him as “so caring, attentive and intelligent,” with one writing, “Love his energy.” One customer raved, “His work is like nothing I’ve ever seen. I am more pleased with the results than I can even put in words.” Another added, “Ayrus was a wonderful spirit from the first time contacting him … my experience with him was great. He is very intelligent, kind, welcoming being.”

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Frankly Beautiful

4013 W. Jefferson Blvd.., Suite B, Los Angeles, 90016

Located in Crenshaw, Frankly Beautiful is owned and operated by Heather, a licensed cosmetologist who’s been active in the industry for ten years. Customer service and healthy hair are Heather’s top priorities, and her specialties include hair care, natural styling, makeup, creative hairstyling, and bridal services. She has experience working on small films, music videos, high fashion photography, and promotional media in addition to working with clients at her salon suite. Her customers praise her as “meticulous, professional and punctual,” with one writing, “My hair is always so shiny and healthy and continues to grow!” Another praised Heather, writing, “She listened to my needs, and gave me a style I love. Great environment, great attitude, and she knows hair!”

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Nealmhair LA

5770 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, 90038

Nealmhair LA is owned and operated by Neal, a stylist who meets with clients at his salon on Melrose Avenue in the heart of Hollywood. Nealmhair offers hair coloring, shaping services, hair treatments, and extensions. Neal works with a variety of pastel and neon hues, in addition to natural coloring services. One of his clients wrote, “He made it happen, hair magic! I am so happy with how my hair came out and gave me a self-esteem boost!” Another raved, “My hair is my life! Neal is a beast with hair color and great with making sure you are comfortable, relaxed, and ready. I drive an hour from home to see him, and I always go home loving the results.” One reviewer added, “Neal is a hair god! He can literally do anything you want to do to your hair! He is also a super kind, hilarious person that makes your hair experience so much fun!”

Kim Kimble

8280 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA, 90046

The Kimble Hair Studio is owned and operated by Kim Kimble, the celebrity hair stylist responsible for some of Beyonce’s most iconic looks. She’s the woman behind the braids in Beyonce’s “Formation” music video, as well as her stylist for the famous 2018 Coachella performance. She’s also styled the likes of Mary J. Blige, Zendaya, Nicki Minaj, and actress Taraji P. Henson, to name a few. The Kimble Hair Studio offers a variety of services, from sew-ins, clip-ins, and tape-ins to haircuts, braiding, coloring, and conditioning treatments.

810 Flower St, Los Angeles, 90017

Rolando Aqui has worn many hats. Before he made his name as a stylist, he worked as a professional dancer and dance instructor for fourteen years. He’s been cutting hair for nearly a decade since, and he keeps finding more and more success. In 2015, he won a Vidal Sassoon Advanced Scholarship, which gave him the opportunity to further his education with master stylists. He’s worked in high-fashion, editorial styling and even had the honor of styling for multiple designers at New York Fashion Week. His salon in downtown LA offers haircuts, coloring, keratin treatments, extensions, and a gloss finishing treatment.

Barbers

Buckcuts

5365 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90034

Buckcuts in mid-Wilshire offers a variety of services, including haircuts, beard and eyebrow maintenance, and skin care packages. Benjamin, known as Buck, is a detail-oriented barber who clients praise for his professionalism, precision, and detailed haircuts. Customers describe him as friendly and passionate, with one writing, “Phenomenal barber skills, so detailed. He’s a really chill guy; I definitely recommend him don’t even think about it.” Another client writes, “Always a great cut when Buck does my hair. My Lines are sharp and the detail is flawless. If you want a dope cut check him out he’ll get you right.” Another notes that he “takes his art very seriously.”

818 Barbershop Inc

7215 Balboa Blvd., Los Angeles, 91406

818 Barbershop Inc is a full-service barbershop in Lake Balboa. It’s known for its trendy, clean atmosphere, as well as the talent of the barbers who work there. One client praised the staff, writing, “Reggie put forth the utmost effort, ensuring I got the look I wanted. His precision and attention to detail is unrivaled. Highly recommend booking with him!” Another wrote, “He asked about my hair type and what I wanted to do with it and was able to get me exactly the look I was going for. He made great conversation and made the whole experience easy and something I’ll look forward to in the future.”

Stay Chrispy

4874 W. Adams, Eye Barbershop, Los Angeles, 90016

Stay Chrispy is owned and operated by Chris, an award-winning barber who works out of Eye Barbershop in West Adams. The name of his company is a pun, as one customer noted that you can trust Chris for a “crispy fade” and top-quality service. Another wrote, “Quick cut but not rushed. He knows what he is doing. My taper came out nice, and he gave me exactly what I asked for.” And another reviewer added, “This was by far the cleanest cut I got. Gave me a clean fade with a clean lineup too. Will definitely be back.”

7600 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, 90046

Dragoncutz is a barbershop on Melrose Avenue in Fairfax that’s owned and operated by Dragon. “A haircut is not a necessity—it’s a luxury,” Dragon writes on his Booksy page, and that mindset defines the sensibility and service of Dragon Cuts. Dragon’s clients praise the consistent high quality of his haircuts, along with his clean workspace, great conversation, friendly demeanor. One customer wrote, “It’s always a pleasure when Dragon blesses my son’s head. He has a nice bond with my son King … Dragon is precise, and I’m happy he’s back at the location on Wilshire. He’s A1 since day one!” Another client added, “Thank you for your blessed hands. You always make me feel great when I get out the chair.” And one reviewer simply added, “If Jesus had a barber it would be this guy!”

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DTLA CUTS Barbershop

2288 South Figueroa St., Los Angeles, 90007

DTLA CUTS Barbershop offers traditional barbering services from an experienced staff of skilled barbers at their shop in downtown LA. Clients praise the convenient location, the attentive staff, and the welcoming environment where barbers recognize and approach you as you enter. One client praised the barber they worked with, writing, “Miguel has been awesome! It was hard finding someone that I trusted and was reliable. My six-year-old loves coming to Miguel because he’s treated like a ‘big kid’. Our experience has been A+ since day one.” Another wrote, “Claude is a magician, and also a completely solid person. I have to imagine he represents what the entire shop is like. My hair has never looked better!”

Nails

Nails by Grace & Raily

Santa Monica Blvd., 4855, 113, Los Angeles, 90029

Nails by Grace & Raily is a nail salon suite located in the Hollywood Beauty Lounge in East Hollywood. The salon suite is operated by Grace Ortiz and Raily de Anda, who offer acrylic, gel, and classic manicures and pedicures to its clients, as well as add-ons like Swarovski crystals and hologram chrome. Clients praise the unique, creative designs that Grace and Raily produce for them, as well as the womens’ friendly personalities. One client raved, “I can’t tell how long I was looking for someone to do my nails as I wished for, but when I saw her nails I knew I was in good hands! Mama had nails how I like them! And mine turned out fab!”

lyra nail

605 W. Olympic Blvd., Floor #9, Los Angeles, 90015

Lyra Nail Spa specializes in gel and classic Polish manicures, nail art, and gel extensions. They also offer a variety of boutique services, including manicures with CBD, milk and honey, and lavender products. Customers praise the beautiful spa atmosphere, the original and striking nail art, and the friendly staff. One client wrote, “All of the manicurists are unbelievably talented, and I always hear clients express happiness with the results. Larissa is the manicurist I see, and her warm and open presence is matched with amazing skill, attention to detail, and flawless execution. I really appreciate how she takes her time and cares about you, the client.” Another wrote, “I felt like I was at a full service spa. You can’t get better than that.” It’s important to know that the nail spa is appointment-only.

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Bling it Salon

14410 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, 91423

Located in Sherman Oaks, Bling It Salon offers gel, acrylic, and classic manicures and pedicures, as well as a variety of nail art. One client wrote, “I was so impressed with the creative shop design. I love the diamonds mural in the pedicure section. It is gorgeous, and the glitter wall is super cute too. I was greeted by all the nail techs, and they were so pleasant and welcoming to me … I left feeling pampered. … She is amazing and this time she outdid herself with my nails.”

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Karlafornaails

4030 Western Ave, Los Angeles, 90062

Karlafornaails offers gel and acrylic manicures, as well as nail art of varying levels of intricacy.  Owned and operated by Karla, the salon is located in Leimert Park. One glance at the photos in her portfolio, and you’ll see striking nail art in a variety of designs and styles, from dreamy florals to detailed cartoons. One customer praised Karla, writing, “Karla has legit changed my nail experience! She’s real-life amazing! From educating me on my nails and their health to executing any design I send her way … Nail tech and therapist all wrapped in one … GET YOU A KARLA IN YOUR LIFE!” Another wrote, “She’s so passionate about what she does, I was really indecisive but she heard my ideas and executed my vision flawlessly.”

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Moka Nail Club

292 S La Cienega Blvd., Suit 207A, Beverly Hills, 90211

Moka Nail Club is a nail salon suite owned by Katerina in Pico-Robertson. Customers praise Katerina for her meticulous work and the durability of their nails weeks after an appointment. They also mention her pleasant personality, with one client describing her as “fast, clean, sharp, professional, on-time.” One client wrote, “Katerina gives the most meticulous and beautiful manicures I’ve ever received. She’s an artist with the file, and I love her attention to detail and hygiene. She’s simply the best, and you won’t want to go to anyone else after her.” Another added, “I can tell her any of my crazy ideas for nail design and she will make it happen! Thank you Kati!”

Health & Wellness

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Beauty by Corina Espino

12650 Sherman Way, #11, North Hollywood, 91601

Corina Espino is a professional lash and brow artist located in Valley Glen. She offers eyelash extensions, facial waxing, microblading, hair treatments, blowouts, and a variety of other beauty services. One client wrote, “Not only does she make sure you are comfortable the whole time, she has so much patience! She takes the necessary time and never rushes just to book more clients like other places.” Another reviewer wrote, “She never disappoints! She microbladed my eyebrows and transformed my hair. I couldn’t be happier. I highly recommend her. She is sweet, kind, and always makes you feel beautiful!”

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MT Skin Clinic and Beauty

409 N. Camden Dr, Suite 102, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210

MT Skin Clinic and Beauty is a wellness center in Beverly Hills that focuses on results-based treatments. The center offers a variety of beauty procedures, from collagen support and microneedling to European chocolate hydration, acne correction, and enzyme facials. They also offer professional makeup application, waxing, and injectables. One client described the staff as “caring, knowledgeable, and professional.” Another wrote, “Not only will Misha leave your face in the best way possible, she’ll do it in a really carefully so that you don’t feel the kind of pain.” Another wrote, “My skin is getting better and better. My first session with her was about four weeks ago, and I [came] to her with severe cystic acne. I have been struggling with it for years. … I already see a drastic difference.”

FIRE_LASH

Whittier / Camulos, Los Angeles, 90023

Fire_Lash is an eyelash extension studio in Boyle Heights. The studio offers different lash styles so that clients can choose between a natural or more dramatic look. Clients praise the staff for their friendly, knowledgeable, high-quality work. One wrote, “I was really nervous but as soon as I met her it went away because she is very welcoming.” Another reviewer wrote, “I honestly look forward to my bi-monthly appointments with Abby. Not only do I always leave feeling FABULOUS but the entire experience is AMAZING. Abby always makes sure that you’re comfortable and happy with your lashes.”

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Massage Moore Spa

541 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, 90301

Massage Moore Spa in Inglewood is owned and operated by licensed massage therapist Laura Moore. Laura has been a licensed massage therapist since 2006. She specializes in customized massages, rehabilitation, and skin care. Clients praise the tranquil spa environment, as well as Laura’s talent as a massage therapist. One customer wrote that their body felt “ten times better” after they left her spa, describing the massage as the “best [they’d] ever gotten.” Another review summed up the clients experience: “Excellent massage, and the ambience is fantastic. I was the most relaxed I have ever been after.”

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Body Piercing By Chris Saint

738 N. Vine St., Los Angeles, 90038

Chris Saint is a celebrity body piercer known by many for his role on the TLC, Fox, and E4 television series “Tattoos After Dark.” Chris has a number of high-profile clients, including Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Paris Jackson, and actress Dakota Johnson. Clients praise his professional, calming presence, with one describing his patience, “great people skills, [and] tender touch.” Another wrote, “He was really patient about getting the piercings where I wanted them and had amazing bedside manner. I’m ecstatic with how they turned out, how great his service was, and how effortless the whole process was.”

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