Linda Labao dips water-heated stones into pure essential oil before resting them on her clients, which is just one way that she refuses to use hands alone. Throughout seven types of massage modalities, she employs her elbows, knees, and heels as well as her palms and knuckles to ease aches and squeeze out toxins. With experience working for chiropractors and acupuncturists, she gears each of her massages to alleviate pain as well as promote relaxation.
“Never take for granted the privilege of doing what you love for a living,” says Liza Lewis, the owner of Spa 415, on her site. This philosophy is what spurs her to cull the most effective, restorative therapies and bestow them on clients within the French-Mediterranean day spa’s luxurious setting. From the damask sofas to the patterned wallpaper that’s seen through the flicker of candlelight, she creates a romantic, soothing atmosphere for tandem treatments with loved ones or an escape from everyday stresses.
The day spa’s roster of treatments spans all relaxation and beauty needs. From four-hand massages to chocolate-soufflé body wraps, the staff abolishes stress and helps nourish the skin with high-quality ingredients. They also reverse signs of aging with nonsurgical facial procedures and microroller treatments, which boost collagen to reduce wrinkles and permanent lines made from pillow creases.
After receiving her education in England and training in the salons of industry giants such as Georgette Klinger and Frederic Fekkai, Aban Patel decided it was time to create her own beauty legacy. So the Bombay native opened Abanara Skin Esthetics, where she calls upon more than two decades of experience in skincare, massage, and energy work to transform bodies inside and out. During facial treatments, she employs modern anti-aging technology—including ultrasonic waves and micro-currents that diminish fine lines—yet remains true to her holistic philosophy by handcrafting all-natural, plant-based cleansers and lotions, which she uses alongside professional products by brands such as Osmosis and Susan Ciminelli.
Patel also offers reflexology sessions designed to remedy physical ills and chakra clearing to restore energy flow to systems blocked by negative thoughts or swallowed construction horses. The tranquil spa is tucked inside a quaint cobblestone courtyard filled with natural light and potted plants, making it the perfect place for those looking to escape everyday tension or photosynthesize in private.
Lauded on the pages of Fit magazine, as well as on computer screens on LA.com and TVs on E! News, Vida Emanuel European Day Spa has garnered well-deserved attention for 25 years. The spa’s owner opened her namesake beauty haven to provide locals of Beverly Hills and beyond with expertly executed skin and body services. Amid an elegant space embellished with gold accents, Emanuel’s highly trained crew of Certified Aesthetic Consultants, massage therapists, and laser specialists gets to work perfecting exteriors with more than 15 skin treatments, many of which feature Emanuel’s personal skincare line. On-trend beauty treatments include Yon-Ka facials and threading services, all-natural spray tans, massages, and laser hair-removal treatments. Clients who opt for more advanced therapies can pursue dermal-filler injections to plump fine lines, or try ultrasonic lipolysis, a painless procedure that helps pinch inches by breaking down fatty cells shaped like Twinkies.
Licensed aesthetician Kathleen Boniface beautifies her clients skin with an array of customized facial treatments inside her private studio. Her signature triple treatment––silk peel diamond microdermabrasion, dermal infusion, and an oxygen facial––uses medical-grade products to lift and tighten skin for impressive results. Other customized facial treatments include ultrasound facials and hour-long relaxation treatments, complete with an oxygen mist finish.
When Chris Vaughn raises a blade to people's throats, they usually thank him. That's because they're reclined on a barber's chair in The Brighton Shave Co., a men's grooming outpost modeled after traditional American and English barbershops. Before these men enjoy one of the shop's four shaves, though, they must absorb warm moisture from the hot towel draped around their face and the pies cooling on their shoulders, a practice which softens skin and opens pores to allow the closest possible shave. Once skin is set, staff members—also known as the Brighton Classix—lather it with imported products from London brand Geo F Trumper and with botanical blends from True Gentlemen before shaving stubble with regular or straight razors.
Upstairs on the mezzanine level, a pair of stylists operates Brighton's women's salon. Bruce Law expertly edits manes, drawing on 25 years of experience working in salons and the entertainment industry, and Ona J specializes in bolstering thinning manes with extensions and hair-replacement units.