God bless Armenians, who face their tendency toward natural hirsuteness head-on. At Ana Electrolysis & Laser Hair Removal, for example, you can zap your beard, bush and back rug into oblivion for less than it would cost for a night out at the Bigfoot Lodge across the street. Ana Electrolysis, in business since 1989, is located in a weird cream-colored building next to the Village Bakery. Ignore the odd waterfall and reflection pool in the lobby. Look busy as the building manager, a former Bulgarian chief of police turned hairdresser/private investigator, tries to tell you his life story. Knock on the door that says Ana Electrolysis. Go in, take your clothes off and get expertly lasered for a fraction of what the service would cost in Beverly Hills or the Valley. They'll do packages — legs, underarms, bikini line. Back hair for the dudes. Microdermabrasion. Electrolysis for facial hair, administered expertly and with less pain than many other practitioners. Ana has recession-friendly packages perfect for hairy starving artists, which is how I found her. I'll never forget the time Ana's beautiful laser nurse spread my butt cheeks, commenting, “Wow, you're looking really great.” Now there's a compliment. 3111 Los Feliz Blvd., Suite 105, Atwater Village. (323) 663-3111.

—Caroline Ryder

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