It’s Saturday night and you’ve got big plans. You want to look great but you don’t want to spend a fortune. The latest trend in beauty is the rise of shops that specialize in one particular type of service. Not only are these “one stop beauty shops” often more affordable, you’re typically afforded quicker service. And the one thing they have in common? They do one thing…and they do it well. So where can you go to get a blowout, a professional makeup application or a head full of highlights before your next evening affair? Without an appointment? Check out the list below!
Tint Hair Color
1422 B Second StreetSanta Monica, CA 90401
Looking to add a bit of color to your hair without making a serious investment? Tint is revolutionizing the industry by making the service attainable with their services that start at just $47. The two person team, with a combined history of 25 years in the business, decided to design the color-only salon after assessing a need for affordable hair color. Despite the reasonable prices, you’ll find the service top notch. The setting is warm and elegant and Frank Dino and Dana Clark only use superior hair color to achieve amazing results. No cutting or styling at Tint, but the venue does provide vanities with all of the products and tools you need to walk out of the salon looking your best.
8595 Sunset BoulevardWest Hollywood, CA 90069
Other locations throughout southern California
When you walk into the salon that specializes in blowouts, you’re greeted with a menu and offered a drink as you sit down to decide which look you’d like the stylist to recreate. What used to be a very expensive styling service is now attainable, since all blowouts, regardless of hair type or length, are just $35. Whether you’re looking for a “sleek and smooth” look or something more elegant with loose curls or added volume, you can work with the stylist to achieve the look you want. After the stylist has washed your hair (which is included), sit back, relax, sip on a cocktail, and watch your favorite chick flick as your look is transformed. No cuts or color here…just simple, chic, affordable blowouts.
Stript Wax Bar
8218 West 3rd StreetLos Angeles, CA 90048
If a salon is going to specialize in doing something well, women and men all over LA will appreciate that Stript Wax Bar’s aestheticians are committed to offering quality waxing services. Anything and everything can be waxed and clients can opt to add on Depilar, a permanent and painless hair removal gel treatment system. The Los Angeles location specializes in additional services such as eyelash perms and tints, South Seas custom full body spray tans, facials, and the infamous Vajacial Bikini Treatment. And just like any facial, it includes the basics…cleansing, exfoliation, ingrown hair removal, a calming mask and a lightening cream.
8591 Sunset Blvd.West Hollywood, CA 90069
Blushington proves that getting a professional makeup application is not just for the elite. Stephi Maron, who founded the company, wanted to create a place for women to achieve a natural yet glamorous look at an affordable price. The makeup and beauty lounge offers a variety of services, primarily focused on makeup application. Clients can select from one of six signature looks, an eyes-only option, and a camera ready look. Sessions are just $35. Bonus: the lounge is situated right next door to the DryBar which truly gives definition to the one stop beauty shop theme.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Salon - Brow Studio
438 N. Bedford Dr.Beverly Hills, CA 90210
2 locations plus many in retailers
As “The Definitive Brow and Eye Expert,” Anastasia is well known in the beauty industry for her signature eyebrow shaping technique. Her Beverly Hills and Brentwood locations see a number of celebrity clientele. The salon, which is primarily dedicated to eyebrow shaping, also offers make-up application, eyelashes, body waxing, and facials. You can also find Anastasia Brow Studios and her exclusive brow and skin care products at select Nordstrom and Sephora locations.
11677 San Vicente Blvd
Suite # 112Brentwood, CA 90049
Multiple LA locations
In Los Angeles, nail salons can practically be found on every corner. However, finding a salon that is inviting, trendy, clean and comfortable is a bit more of a challenge. Enter the Nail Garden, founded by a husband/wife team looking to innovate the industry with it’s warm, friendly environment, serene, garden decor, and pristine cleanliness. The salon, with 4 LA locations, boasts state-of-the-art spa chairs and welcomes clients to sip on a cup of tea while licensed technicians nourish tired hands and feet. Along with the salon’s comprehensive list of nail services, Nail Garden offers eyelash services, waxing, teeth whitening, and more. Bonus: The salon only uses formaldehyde-free polish so be sure to check out their Kids’ services.
435 E. 17th Street
Suite ACosta Mesa, CA 92627
One of the latest fashion trends is the use of products to achieve longer, thicker eyelashes. Last month, Orange County welcomed the new premiere spa, dedicated to offering a place where clients can realize beautiful eyelashes via the company’s exclusive LashSpot lash extensions. The extensions are comprised of premium silk and mink, and applied via their specialized and extensively researched technique to ensure they bond to eyelashes while retaining a natural appearance. The spa’s technicians customize the lash to fit each individual to create a personalized look. Additionally, the spa offers brow waxing and shaping, lash perming and tinting, facial and bikini waxing and specialty makeup.
11659 Santa Monica Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90025
Looking to truly get all of your beauty needs accomplished in one location? Check out Blow Angels where you can get blowouts, color maintenance and make-up services. Whether your hair is short or long, the cost for any blowout is just $29. Choose from the salon’s signature blowout, a smooth and straight look, extra volume, loose curls, or sassy waves. All full-face makeup applications are just $30. Color retouches and highlights are also available and vary in price. Hint: Prices are lower Sunday through Wednesday.
Caryn Bailey is a blogger in Orange County who publishes Rockin’ Mama.