It’s Festival Season on Melrose, Let’s Get Pretty

It’s Festival Season on Melrose, Let’s Get Pretty
Organic Nail Bar interior shown above

Getting ready for LA’s festival season? From spring’s Coachella to Stagecoach to the FYF fest and Burning Man later this year, the hair, nail, and make-up choices offered on Melrose provide exciting new looks for any festival goer, head to toe.

Rust Locks

At Rust Salon, just off Melrose Ave. on Fuller Street, salon manager Jazzy describes one much-requested look. “Our Rust Locks are expanding in popularity. They’re similar to dreadlocks, made from many different colors of wool, and personalized to each individual client,” she explains. The locks are dedicated to each client’s personal intention. “It can be success, determination, love, or dedicated to a first born, or a person’s life story, whatever a client wants,” she says. Along with wrapping, the salon can also clip the Rust Locks in place, similar to an extension, detachable whenever the client wishes, or use their loop method, which sews the Rust Lock into a braided section of hair.

Rust Salon Hair Color

Rust Salon Hair Color

Stylist Allison Hubbs offers creative coloring at the salon, and finds non-natural colors most coveted by festival goers. “Pinks, blues, greens, punky colors – those are all very popular,” she asserts. “We also do a lot of free-form painting, and customize based on skin tone, lifestyle – we see what colors really speak to them, and deliver what appeals.” These free-form colors can be multi-colored or solid, from pastels to super bold to metallic. “For the festival goers, it’s a way to express themselves. The non-natural colors will fade quickly, so they’re not locked into anything long-term. It’s just fun experimenting.”

Blink Bar

Blink Bar

But what about the eyes? At The Blinkbar, beautiful, sensual eye lashes are the order of the day. Owner Tirzah Briscoe offers a variety of lash looks. “Our mink lashes are the most natural and lightest weight on the eyes, the softest and most luxurious. But both our silk and Siberian mink are extremely popular,” her staff reports. The lashes last two to three weeks, and offer a glamorous sexy look that, “open the eye up and really draw attention to the eye. It looks like you already have eye make-up on, with just this low-maintenance look. You don’t have to do much of anything and you’re good to go.”

Manic Panic Style

The cool make-up and hair dyes available at Manic Panic on Melrose make the store what could be a one-stop-shop for the ultimate festival look. Manager Trina Hatfield says her shop offers 46 different shades of hair color. “What’s really popular right now are pastel shades. We came out with a new pastel hair color line called Cream Tones, with five fresh looks.” The shades include Blue Angel, Dreamsickle, the purple/pink Fleurs du Mal, minty green Sea Nymph, and Velvet Violet. “We also have hair colors that glow under black lights, which is a really a big trend right now.”

Manic Panic Pastels

Manic Panic Pastels

And for make-up, festival goers can indulge in glamorous eye glitters that glow under the black light, too. “We also have a whole line of crazy colored lipstick for people who want to match lipstick to their hair or simply enjoy a vibrant, bold shade without coloring their hair.” There are 47 different lipstick shades available, including colors such as bright blue, silver, black, pink, and bright purple. But that’s not all the shop offers: “We also carry cute fanny packs, great for hands-free festival carrying, and sunglasses.”

Manic Panic Lipsticks

Manic Panic

Organic Shimmer

Organic Shimmer

At Organic Shimmer tanning salon, air brush technician Kayla says there is no one specific festival-look that appeals to clients, but rather, what people love is the healthy glow and one-of-a-kind formula the company offers. “It was created with a chemist. Everyone comes to us for our organic product which includes jojoba oil, coconut oil, and Vitamin E, skin-supportive elements that a lot of other tanning solutions just don’t have.” In short, the air brush salon provides a sleek look for their clients year ‘round.

Nailvana

Nailvana

For fingers – and toes – the Melrose Organic Nail Bar and Nailvana both provide manicures and pedicures that will keep festival attendees fingers snapping and toes tapping in style. At Nailvana, manager Jenny says her salon offers over 300 colors. “We have shades from neon to glitter to metallic. We have pale colors and bright, and we can do any kind of design that a client shows us.” The salon offers gels, acrylic, gel nail enhancement, silk wraps, and of course mani/pedis.

Organic Nail Bar

Organic Nail Bar

Top to bottom, you’ll find the complete look you want right on Melrose Avenue.

Rust
646 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone:(323) 933-7878

Blink Bar
7314 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone:(213) 447-2688

Manic Panic
7378 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone:(323) 951-1513

Organic Shimmer
7712 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone:(323) 592-3982

Melrose Organic Nail Bar
7126 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone:(323) 549-9199

Nailvana
7326 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-0999

About Genie Davis

GENIE DAVIS is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer living in Los Angeles. Her novels range from suspense to romance, mystery, and literary fiction, with titles including mystery thriller Marathon, the noir Gun to the Head, and the romantic suspense of Executive Impulse, Between the Sheets and Animal Attraction. In film, her screen work also spans a variety of genres from supernatural thriller to romantic drama, family, teen, and comedy, has written on staff for ABC-TV’s Port Charles; written, produced, and directed reality programming and wrote and co-produced the independent film, Losing Hope. As a journalist, you can see her work in many publications including her own diversionsLA.com.