Beauty // August 18, 2014

We’ve ALL done it - gone a little long in between brow waxes and now our brows resemble something like a caterpillar. We can’t hit the streets with overgrown eyebrows, so we must take our metamorphosis into our own hands. We reach for our handy, dandy tweezers and pluck any and everything that’s growing out of our foreheads. ANY and EVERYTHING. Five minutes later, as opposed to looking like a beautiful butterfly, we just look perpetually surprised. Now is not the time to panic (five minutes ago was the time to panic), so we have to compensate. But before we channel our inner Picasso, grab our eyebrow pencil and try to make sense of these wayward brows, consider getting the help of a trained brow professional.

Brow savior, Mersedeh Jeihooni of Kelley Baker Brows knows a thing or two about the importance of face time and knows how to fix bad brows. By simply tweezing, waxing and shaping, she’s able to create killer brows and transform your face to look like a better and brighter you. Talk about arch support!

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I recently had a chance to catch up with Mersedeh and salon owner, Kelley Baker, at the Kelley Baker Brows Venice location and pick their brains about brow maintenance: 


Jasmin Martin: I guess we can start with why brows? Why did you decide to make a career out of eyebrows?

Mersedeh Jeihooni: I’ve been in the cosmetology industry for fifteen years - I didn’t decide to do brows overnight. I started when I was eighteen as a makeup artist and then transitioned to working for a plastic surgeon as a medical esthetician. Paying attention to eyebrows comes naturally for a makeup artist and when I worked for the plastic surgeons, we would always talk about how important brows are and what a huge impact they make to the face. Brows are the only feature on the face that can take off ten years and people would frequently come in requesting eyebrow lifts and fat transfers to make them look more fresh. All of that surgery isn’t necessary when you can make someone look younger and feel better with routine eyebrow maintenance.

JM: Crafting eyebrows is a popular beauty trend, but not everyone is doing it right. I’ve seen some pretty scary eyebrows. What are some of your brow pet peeves?

MJ: When people bring in pictures of eyebrows that they’ve seen online or on a certain celebrities and want me to craft those EXACT brows. Eyebrows have to fit your face shape and full, thick eyebrows don’t work on everyone. If you come in requesting full brows and don’t have much to work with, I’m not a miracle worker and I can’t replicate that picture. After a couple sessions of manipulating your brows to grow a certain way, we can achieve the full look you want, but I’m not going to promise anyone full brows after one wax. You have to be patient.

Kelley Baker: When people fill their brows in. A lot of people do it...incorrectly. I get that women want to fill their brows in, but there’s a way to do it.


Stylist Mersedeh Jeihooni at work


JM: Speaking of the right way to do brows, explain the step-by-step process of creating fabulous brows:

MJ: Sure! First, I analyze the brows by looking at bone structure and the face shape. I comb the brow hairs up and down to look for sparse areas, scars, or holes before trimming all the long hairs. Then I wax in between, above and below the brow line to create the shape. After waxing, I tweeze for a more detailed shape. If the client requests brow tinting, I’ll do that, but it isn’t always necessary. Lastly, I use KBB brow powder to fill in the brow, KBB highlighter right below the brow to accentuate the shape and KBB clear brow gel to set the brow powder and hairs in place. My signature brow is a full, thick brow with a long tail.


KB: Our KBB products make it really easy for women to properly fill their brows and maintain them in between appointments. We have a brow powder in one color that everyone can use. If you can’t get into a shop, DO NOT DO IT YOURSELF! If the new hair growth in between appointments is driving you crazy, pluck them as you see them coming in, but I would rather you hold out and come to a professional. Find a brow artist you like who can shape and maintain your brows for you, especially if you are trying to grow your brows in.

JM: Got it, don’t DIY my brows and if I absolutely have to, don’t get tweezer happy and go overboard.

After the interview, I had the chance to give my brows the Kelley Baker treatment. I was blown away by how different my face looked. I looked like a whole new me!

Staff writer Jasmin Martin checks out Kelley Baker Brows


After seeing the results of having my brows Kelley Baker’ed, I vowed to start treating my eyebrows with a little more TLC. I will no longer subject my brows to excessive plucking or bad fill-in jobs. I will seek professional help with my eyebrow maintenance. I now know that the best eyebrows out there are a collaborative effort. It takes teamwork between you and your brow artist to make your eyebrow dreams work. If you’re in the market for a teammate to help you achieve winning brows,  Mersedeh Jeihooni of Kelley Baker Brows is an all star.

To book an appointment with Mersedeh Jeihooni or for more information about Kelley Baker Brows click here.

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Friday, 22 March 2013 22:22

MW Local | Salon Review: TheBroot

MW Local // March 25, 2013

Co-founders Serena Watson and Lindsey Day checked out TheBroot Salon in Santa Monica. Read about their experience below and get two reviews in one!

Serena

I was excited to try out TheBroot Salon after checking out their website and reading about their all natural process. My hair history is long but to sum it up, I had a chemical relaxer for a really long time and only gave up the “creamy crack” about two and half years ago. My focus lately has been to grow my hair out and get it as healthy as possible, so I was excited to try this natural treatment.


Being in TheBroot salon almost feels like you are in an old-fashioned ice cream and smoothie parlor. There were a few old school blenders lined up, big coolers behind the counter and a large black-board scrawled with a variety of hair recipes. The very helpful stylist walked me through selecting the right blend of avocado, honey and milk for my thirsty, mistreated hair. I loved lounging on the plush couches and paging through the coffee table books laying around while my treatment was being blended. It was a lot of fun just hanging out with Lindsey in that very lady-like environment. When it was time to get started I was impressed by the raised wash bowls with neck supports, which allowed my stylist to stand comfortably behind me to wash my hair. The treatment was then applied and we sat under the dryer for about 20 minutes, just enough time to post pics on Instagram (see below).


The treatment was then rinsed out and it was time for the most amazing part of the process. My stylist, Sabrina, proceeded to give me a “blow out,” an experience I had never had before. I have incredibly thick, mid length hair, which is daunting to even the most experienced, hot comb-wielding hair stylist. So imagine my surprise to see my hair fall in soft, damn near straight strands with only the use of a hair dryer and a round brush. I was so happy to see that I didn’t need to apply so much heat to my hair for it to be manageable. For girls looking to make the switch to a more natural straightening process and/or for a luxurious deep conditioning treatment, hurry and Google Map the route to TheBroot salon.


Lindsey

Once a flat iron fanatic, I’ve learned to embrace my curls over the last few years. With this transition, I’ve also adopted a much more natural and low-maintenance hair regimen. So when Serena and I met one of TheBroot's stylists, Shelly, and were invited in to the salon, I was definitely excited. A customized, raw, organic hair treatment using a combo of ingredients like banana, honey, egg, avocado and mayonnaise sounded like something right up my alley.

When I arrived for my hair treatment, my experience lived up to my expectations. Serena and I were attended to promptly, and after telling our respective "BrootTenders" about our hair types and current hair needs, we settled in to receive the royal treatment. Shelly whipped up my personalized concoction (which was written down for me on a handy tip sheet at the end of our visit), and got to work massaging it through my scalp and hair. Amidst girl talk, the process and benefits of the mask were explained thoroughly, and it felt great to know that I wasn’t putting any strange chemicals on my hair and scalp. As I sat under the dryer while my treatment marinated, I couldn’t wait to see how it would affect my hair.

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After my hair was thoroughly rinsed and washed, I was taken to the styling bar where I, too, opted for a blow out (they also offer various styles of braids, styled wet). My hair was straightened beautifully, without a ton of heat or manipulation. TheBroot ladies also put me up on the amazing smelling Macadamia Natural Oil products, which sealed my blow out nicely without weighing my hair down. I left the salon a believer. If my hair is ever in need of some love, TheBroot will definitely be my first stop!

       


More about TheBroot:

TheBroot is the world’s first all-natural hair mask bar. Our name says it all: We take you back to your roots using simple, raw ingredients to help you ditch your chemical-laden hair care products and start a healthier hair relationship.

Think of it as hair rehab, a place that helps your locks overcome their chemical dependence so they can be strong and healthy on their own. Over time, your hair will feel shinier, stronger, and bouncier than ever (and so will you).

Using only the freshest, natural ingredients, like avocado, honey and oils, our BrootTenders blend custom hair masks that will leave your hair feeling restored and revitalized. From the fruit stand to the fridge to the blender, let us do the work. No chemicals, no preservatives and best of all, no mess. Your tresses deserve an all-natural, healthy diet; just like your body does. And we’re here to provide it.

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Saturday, 14 July 2012 01:34

MW Local | Where to Wax

July 16, 2012

Finding the right salon to help you with your all your beauty needs can be tedious and terrifying, especially when those needs include waxing! We don’t want just anyone plucking at our lady parts! We asked our resident Made Women staff to suggest their best picks for professional salons with great results!

Jenny Wax - Santa Monica, CA

Jenny Wax is not only the best place to get a great, almost painless wax that looks perfect every time ... but Jenny herself is incredibly fabulous and I look forward to my visits just to get to chat with her. She also uses all natural products that are amazing for the health of your skin! -Lindsay J.

Vanity Private Studio - Burbank, CA

Vanity Private Studio is the only place to go for any sort of waxing. 
It's run by one woman and she does a fantastic job. I have been going to her for 6 years! I also love that you can set up your own appointments online!-Lindsey T.

Queen Bee Waxing Salon & Spa - Culver City, CA

I love Queen Bee Waxing because they provide a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for all of your waxing needs. All of the waxers are expertly trained and are skilled at making the experience practically pain-free. Jodi, the owner, is British so there's lots of cheeky British humor displayed around the spa. This is the perfect place whether you're a newbie to waxing or an old pro. -Nailah

The Wax Shop - Beverly Hills, CA

I've been going to Tanya at the Wax Shop for years, and she is the only person I trust with such delicate matters. She's clean, thorough, and you'll be in-and-out in 15 minutes tops. Plus the central location has been convenient no matter where in LA I've lived. – Lindsey D.

Nanu Threading - Costa Mesa, CA

Precise and careful, I'll never trust anyone else with my brows again. -Erika

New Look Skin Center - Glendale, CA

I don't get waxed.  I'm all about getting lasered.... and I do that at New Look Skin Center in Glendale.  Waxing is painful, and you have to do it pretty much every month to keep up on it. It's a drain on your wallet and it's a lot of pain to go through.  With lasering, there's less pain and the results last for months -- eventually you won't need to do anything at all!  The only downside is if you decide you want to ditch the hairless look, you might be stuck. -Amanda

Sophie Wax - West Beverly Hills, CA

After many failed attempts at waxing (don’t ask) I finally found my waxing home.  Sophie Wax is clean, small and efficient! I am in and out in 15mins and it’s as painless as a very personal wax can be.  They have a single dip policy and my esthetician always wears gloves which is important to me. -Serena

Do you have a salon that you love to frequent for all you waxing needs? Comment below and share!




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Monday, 07 May 2012 07:00

MW Local | Best Nail Salons

May 7, 2012


Word of mouth is the ONLY way to find someone to trust with your nail bed. That is why we appreciate sites like Yelp and CitySearch. But where do Made Women get their nails done? We polled our staff and put together a list of our personal faves. Check it out:

Nail Lounge – South Pasadena [On Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/nail-lounge-south-pasadena]

“Great Service! They don’t rush you. I can just relax and feel pampered. I really like the cleanliness and ambiance. Plus, I like that the polish lasts a long time even though I don’t get gel.” – Serena

Bonus!! Mention Made Woman Mag at Nail Lounge and get $5 off your next mani/pedi!


Marie Nails - Los Angeles  [http://www.marienails.com]

“Amazing group of extremely-talented Japanese girls who create the most intricate Cal-Gel designs (nail polish dried with UV light and doesn't chip for weeks). " – Natalia

Serene Haven - 
Sherman Oaks  [http://www.serenehavenbeauty.com]

“They are wonderful but you have to make an appointment.” – Lindsey J.

Stella Nails – Burbank Stella Nails [On Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/stella-making-beauty-burbank]

 "I recently started going to a place called Stella Nails in Burbank CA. It's the only place I have found that my gel manicure lasts an entire 2 weeks and doesn’t chip!"

Nail Elite and Spa -
Santa Monica [http://www.nailelite.net/]

“Their spa chairs and add-ons like massages and paraffin wax will provide instant bliss. A basic mani/pedi is $32, but if you can make it on a weekday (10am-1pm) it's only $25! The assortment of colors will keep your nails looking fresh year-round.” – Lindsey D.

Angel Spa Nails -
Laguna Hills [http://www.yelp.com/biz/angel-spa-nails-laguna-hills]

“Prices are very reasonable and you never have to wait long. I also think they have subscriptions to every fashion glossy. This is where I go to catch up on  my reading” – Beth

Square Nails & Spa - 
Irvine, CA  [On Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-square-nails-and-spa-irvine]

 “Their manicures and pedicures are not only flawless, but their massages that go along with both of them are to DIE for.  Puts me to sleep every time --and when I wake up, they're still going at it!”- Ericka Crespo

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March 12, 2012

It’s Friday night and you are ready for a little bit of nightlife. You know once you stride into the room with your fierce stilettos, fly outfit and subtle hint of dreamy perfume, you’re sure to turn heads, necks and chairs—so why should you settle on sauntering into a deserted dump or waste your time in line at the “hottest” new Hollywood nightclub with the “douchiest,” rudest bouncers?

You shouldn’t.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the sexiest LA lounges and restaurants, where everything – the décor, ambiance, service, cocktails and design – makes bold, sizzling statements that are bound to give you a memorable, sensual experience. Whether it’s a smokin’ hot date or a just fun night with friends, the next time you’re in the mood to feel grown and sexy, make sure to check out one of these highly recommended destinations:

Nic’s Martini Lounge

The sexiest thing about Nic’s is the expansive variety of devilish martinis. The bartenders here know how to perfect every type of martini under the sun–from the standard dirty martinis to the fruity Lemondrop Blush–all with fresh ingredients and heavy doses of spirits. Grab a seat at the swanky bar and a few of these potent martinis for a long evening of conversation in ritzy Beverly Hills.
Beverly Hills, www.nicsbeverlyhills.com

Perch

Perch is a sensually captivating rooftop bistros 15 stories above the ground in the downtown district of the city. Here, the toughest decision is where to sit: on the balcony, amidst the sparkling, lit-up skyscrapers…or under the soaring ceilings of the main lounge area while lounging on plush, oversized couches. Regardless where you end up, you’ll be able to experience a good dose of Perch’s mesmerizing French charm, with its roaring fireplaces, live Parisian music and decadent cocktails.
Downtown, www.perchla.com

Bar1886

Set in the quiet, sleepy foothills of South Pasadena, this drinking parlor serves artistic old-fashioned cocktails that are guaranteed to please just as much as its rustic, earthy setting will. It’s an adorable place to snuggle, whether it’s on the shaded outdoor patio or in the main area. With only about 22 seats and barstools, this former caretaker’s cottage is intimate and quiet—the perfect destination to sip and savor finely crafted artisan cocktails within a rugged, historic setting.
Pasadena, www.theraymond.com

Cliff’s Edge

The best seat in the house is on the café’s killer patio. Smack in the middle is a soaring oak tree, with leafy arms that shade the entire length of the patio. The main source of lighting comes from the strings lights dangling from the tree branches and the candles strategically placed by the base of the tree and on table tops, creating a natural yet sultry vibe. The ambiance at Cliff’s Edge is still worth the trip alone, but this Silverlake restaurant also has amazing European/Middle Eastern-inspired food.
Silverlake, www.cliffsedgecafe.com/files/html/home.htm

Tagine

Walking through Tagine’s nondescript doors and into this one-room restaurant, you’re miraculously transported from Los Angeles to a splendid Moroccan retreat. It’s a world where massive mirrors delicately hang on dark walls–where black-and-white photos of distant lands and lustrous tiled floors intertwine with one another to create a seductive, romantic getaway. Underneath the faint flicker of candles placed on worn wooden tables and hanging from ornate ceiling fixtures, feast upon traditional Moroccan dishes and sip sweet mint tea. With its serene atmosphere and Tasting Menu for two, Tagine is a spectacular date option.
Los Angeles, www.taginebeverlyhills.com    

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