Spalon Lifestyle founders Philip De Vo and Jaclyne Le began studying skincare and relaxation therapies after quitting corporate jobs that left them feeling physically and spiritually depleted. Now, the duo of pampering proprietors jet-set around the world, sharing their stress-relief expertise at foreign salons and international trade shows. At Spalon Lifestyle, their home base, a skilled staff wields an arsenal of spa services to carry on their quest for tranquility, much like the extremely relaxed knights of King Arthur’s massage table
Pink and white striped walls and twinkling chandeliers overlook Savvy Chic Nail Cottage as 12 technicians in pink aprons flurry around plush Victorian armchairs, daubing fingers and toes in glossy polish. A feminine and shabby-chic oasis dreamed up by Ebony Bolton and her husband Michael in 2010, Savvy Chic treats guests to tea in vintage teacups and chocolates from See's Candies as they chat with staffers about their favorite shades of OPI and Gelish lacquers or revel in foot scrubs and hot-lotion massages. Acrylic nails in perfect ovals, squares, and dodecagons lend length and strength to fingertips, and children's mani-pedis pamper pint-size appendages. The cottage keeps its equipment spic and span beyond state standards with germicide, UV-heat sanitation, and disposable protective pouches. Savvy Chic also hosts pedicure parties for bachelorettes and birthdays and frees chins, arms, and other areas from unwelcome fuzz with warm wax.
No matter what their skin type, their ideal skin tone, or the number of suns on their home planet, clients at Le Beach Club's three Los Angeles?area locations will find an artificial tanning option to suit their needs. The Magic 636, for example, is called the "Ferrari of sunbeds" thanks to its lightning-quick speed, while the Avant Garde maximizes comfort with built-in air conditioning and an in-bed sound system. All told, there are eight UV-based beds and booths, one sunless spray-tanning solution, and a hydration station that can extend the life of a UV tan.
Ayurvedic, a Sanskrit term meaning the ?science of life,? is an ancient philosophy of holistic medicine originating in India. While reverence for medicine may seem unusual for a nail spa, Elizabeth Ashton doesn?t think so, for as she explains, it?s ?more than pedicures and manicures, [it] is about the beauty, wellness, and pleasure.? From the moment clients enter her bright and airy space, Elizabeth facilitates relaxation with indulgent manicure and pedicure services. She quickly cleans, shapes, and polishes nails during an ?on the go? treatment, and alternately, she takes nearly two hours when administering the Indian-therapy mani-pedi, complete with lime, ginger, and coconut-milk blends and finished with a Dead Sea mask. Services are topped off with a rainbow of OPI polishes, pink and white fills, a layer of chocolate fondant, or gel overlays.
Bliss on Broadway Spa & Boutique's beautifying services are half high-tech, half back to basics. The spa shows off its innovative side with LED light therapy and microcurrent face-lifts, which prompt cell regeneration without abrasion or tissue damage. An entire produce stand's worth of natural ingredients infuse classic beauty services, from the sweet-smelling banana acids that soften skin in a facial peel to the kelp-infused seawater bath that relaxes feet and makes them less scared of the ocean in spa pedicures.
The latter take place from cushy thrones made private by gauzy white curtains. The rest of the spa's decor balances clean minimalism with an earth-mama aesthetic, with white-painted branches spiraling from a vase and panels of soft fabric hanging from the walls.