After feeling the sting of one too many three-figure facial bills, businesswomen Karey Burke, Dawn Olmsted, and Jennifer Worley decided there had to be a way to provide affordable skin treatments without sacrificing quality. Inspired by Drybar’s wash-blow-dash model, they opened Face Haus at the end of 2013 in Studio City. The services are streamlined to the essentials—cleansing, extractions, and hydration—in an open space that feels like a cross between a doctor’s office and a hair salon. There are no private rooms, temple massages, or New Age music, but a thirty minute facial costs $40 and is perfect for busy women, cash-strapped teens, and spa-phobic men.
Anyone who has ever experienced a facial gone wrong might be understandably nervous about putting their pores in a stranger’s hands for a quickie peel. But Face Haus is all about using top-quality skin-care products (think Dermalogica, Skinceuticals, and Lancer Rx Skincare), and the treatments were designed under the guidance of Dr. Harold Lancer himself. I experienced the Haus Special and was very happy with the results (and the cold face globes that they massaged my face with felt amazing!). Sure, I wasn’t 100 percent at ease having my facial done in such a public setting, but if you’re shy like me, they do have partitions that you can request.
The “menu” has nine options, including the Haus Special (basic, perfect for monthly maintenance); the Face Off (just for guys); You Glow Girl (for teenage girls); and Lighten Up (for sun damage). There are also monthly memberships for regulars and $10 add-ons in you want extra attention paid to your eyes, lips, or a breakout (appropriately called the Main Squeeze). There’s just one bar open for now, but they’re already moving forward with West Hollywood and Santa Monica locations, so hopefully more cities can look out for their own Face Haus soon.
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