December 23, 2009 |
During the holidays, Katie McCranie usually treats herself to a trip to the nail salon and an appointment with her hairstylist. This Christmas season, with a tight budget and a temporary job, the 28-year-old from Santa Monica said she can't afford to splurge on those little luxuries. "I do everything myself -- I've been doing my own hair, painting my own toenails," she said. Instead of getting a leg wax, "I just went back to the razor." For many women, primping and pampering are as important to the holidays as buying gifts and decorating the Christmas tree.
HOME & GARDEN
July 18, 2009 |
I was thinking the other day, while I was getting my toes done, that I need to get out of Los Angeles before it's too late, before I start frequenting spas or doing picnics at the Bowl on a regular basis. In about five years, L.A. is destined to become the first unisex city in America. As it is, they've got poor Joe Torre doing ads for green tea. And I want no part of that. A real nation has two political parties and two distinct sexes, Sacha Baron Cohen not withstanding. "Isn't this fun, Daddy?"
August 3, 2008 |
Ready for the latest in spa pampering? Prepare to dunk your tootsies in a tank of water and let tiny carp nibble away. Fish pedicures are creating something of a splash in the D.C. area, where a northern Virginia spa has been offering them for the last four months. John Ho, who runs the Yvonne Hair & Nails salon with his wife, Yvonne Le, said 5,000 people had taken the plunge. He said he wanted to come up with something unique and needed a replacement for razors used to scrape off dead skin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2008 |
In Chino Hills, preschool director Susan Harris was tending to a student who had stepped on a bee when the ground began to tremble. As they huddled together under a counter, the little girl could only stare into her eyes. "It's OK," Harris told her, though that was not clear at all. "It's OK." Across town, Kimberly Kessel was putting away a vacuum cleaner when her house started shaking. She bolted into the backyard without her shoes, her blue-eyed, 18-month-old son cradled in her arms.
June 9, 2008 |
The facialist at a popular salon here couldn't help being a bit nervous. Her client that afternoon was a particularly demanding one, certain to quiz her unrelentingly about the latest anti-wrinkle creams and pore-reduction potions. But such exactitude, she said, is typical of her male customers. Pakistan may be a macho, tradition-bound society with conservative Muslim mores, but the male-beauty trade is booming here.
May 21, 2008 |
Even the well-heeled are willing to cut back in a rocky economy, though there are some sacrifices they just won't make. Laurel Chirico, who owns three Tony & Guy Hairdressing salons in Orange County and charges $250 for a cut, can testify to that. "I'm booked out a couple months. I don't see any slowdown at all," Chirico said recently. "We're definitely a business that's pretty safe" in the midst of what might be a recession.