Beneath the Wilshire Galleria, a historical retail plaza whose art-deco fa?ade has become a Koreatown landmark, visitors escape the shopping bustle and quiet their buzzing minds within the tranquil environs of Natura Spa. Separate men's and women's spas invite guests into an assemblage of detoxifying rooms, including dry saunas lined in raw wood and a cold plunge pool framed by speckled tile.
Patrons can prolong their stay by investing in individual spa treatments, during which practitioners trained in traditional Asian techniques coddle muscles with acupressure and foot massage. The spa lends women additional niceties?UV tanning beds enable ladies to bronze their skin, and a mani-pedi station surrounded by stone walls invokes the building's underground feel more pleasantly than having the nail technicians dress as coal miners.
Sara Elizabeth Skincare & Nail Boutique founder Sara Elizabeth Kuite has traveled the country to build her acute knowledge of bodily betterments, studying specialized skincare in New York City with celebrity facialist Ling Chan and scaling the Rocky Mountains to learn Japanese kobido massage techniques under sensei master Shogo Mochizuki. Today, she fuses Eastern ideas with Western technology in her current practice, which places an emphasis on deep healing and prevention of unnecessary epidermal wear. Her highly trained eyes carefully scan skin to spot specific conditions and create a personalized skincare regimen for each individual, and she gives each patient the time and attention they need to learn how to use products correctly and finally set the clocks on their VCRs.
Celery green walls and white overstuffed chairs provide a tranquil setting for all services, which include everything from anti-aging, hydrating, or exfoliating facials to hair removal with sugar paste or blue chamomile wax. Clients awaiting treatment may soothe sore eyes by browsing through a boutique stocked with raw vegan skincare products from brands such as Astara and Priori and high-powered CoffeeBerry antioxidant, or wander over to the elixir bar to nourish bodies and wilted houseplants with phytonutrient-rich beverages.
Casual elegance exudes from Headcase Salon, starting with the building itself. A stately, Victorian-inspired house with a soft-yellow exterior, the salon has a homey but upscale look inside and out?complete with hardwood floors, chandeliers, and antique-style mirrors at the salon stations. But the atmosphere isn't snooty. First and foremost, the stylists want guests to feel comfortable,?and they treat each client with equal friendliness and care. So whether they're going for a simple trim, a spray tan, or a Brazilian blowout, the stylists take special care to ensure that they? leave happy and looking great.
It's tough to relax just before a waxing appointment. With that in mind, renowned architect Chris Kofitsas decided to design Bare to inspire total serenity. To do that, he outfitted the reception area with its own porch swing, hung whimsical lanterns from the ceiling, and covered accent walls with full-sized pictures of nature scenes.
The peaceful, garden-like atmosphere certainly helps put male and female clients at ease, but the wax itself helps just as much. It's a specialized aromatherapy wax that wraps around the hair while avoiding the skin for a much more comfortable experience. In addition to using the wax, the experienced technicians can get rid of unwanted hairs by sugaring them with an all-natural paste, threading them away, or serving them notarized eviction notices. To accommodate clients interested in putting the finishing touches on their newly smoothed looks, they also offer airbrush tans and peels.
Sassy's Salon & Spa has been designed as a cozy, tranquil beauty haven. Red accent walls and bright-blue artwork give the salon space a cheerful vibe, and candle sconces light the way to the intimate pedicure area. There, guests relax in cushioned thrones equipped with whirlpool soaking tubs, which are ideal for testing the aerodynamics of toes' newly installed tail fins. In the spa area, a pastel-yellow theme and a painting with a warm, red-and-orange hue invite relaxation during treatments such as antioxidant-infused facials and soothing massages.
The mission at Aisthetikos is to merge physical change with a positive psychological impact. During reconstructive or cosmetic procedures, Dr. Melissa Smith strives to accomplish just that by taking a custom approach that produces natural-looking results. She enhances beauty with breast augmentation, brow lifts, and liposuction, as well as improves skin’s condition with a slate of noninvasive treatments.