From the walls that enclose Zena Day Spa's 6,000-square-foot space, one can almost feel sun seeping from the great, rough-hewn stone blocks and murals influenced by the ancient Egyptians. Intricately woven gold speckled with authenticity-testing bite marks trims Victorian-style couches, upon which clients nip at complimentary beverages. Extremities wrapped around warm mugs or wading through luxurious carpet prepare for dips in oil, paraffin, and a warm lotion or cooling gel infused with sea salt, and beautifiers overhaul hair, nails, skin and bodies with opulent spa and salon treatments.
Organic, semipermanent makeup accentuates facial features, and bold brushstrokes paint exotic scenes behind pedicure chairs and above gleaming marble countertops. The scent of potted lilies rides waves of eucalyptus-infused steam past the strawberry-blond wooden slats that border a sauna. The spa's private showers are ideal for relaxing cleanup or tearful regrets about taking cotton candy in the shower.
An off-shoot of BE Beverly Hills—a company dedicated to eco-friendly beauty products—Blowlux shapes clients' hairstyles, nails, and faces under BE's guiding principle: making clients feel beautiful with all-natural, luxurious cosmetic services. Garnering the approval of such high-profile outlets as O magazine and Glamour, BE Beverly Hills and Blowlux focus on professional-level blowouts that achieve a variety of looks, from rolling waves to straight, smooth locks. Within the salon's purple-accented walls and dazzling white interior, aestheticians also indulge hands and feet with mani-pedis and highlight faces with makeup, creating visages more artfully composed than the Mona Lisa with the distracting dragon tattoo over her left eye.
Laka Manicure Express is one of only six Laka franchises in the entire United States, specializing in express manicures. Located within the Westfield Culver City mall, the salon invites patrons into its open, bar-like space, where nail technicians cater to busy women by performing 15-minute express manicures that culminate in more than 150 fashionable shades of polish.
Head to Yuki Sharoni Beauty & Lifestyle and ask for Raya, and there will be no doubt who you mean—no last name necessary. Mention Madonna or Tyra, though, and Raya will probably think you’re referring to her former clients. That’s because during her 20-year aesthetics career, she’s found herself standing face to facial with household names on a number of occasions. Now she’s landed at Yuki Sharoni Beauty & Lifestyle, a salon and spa praised by press outlets including American Spa and Los Angeles Business Journal. Unlike an off-the-rack straitjacket, the spot is a great fit; its amenities—a Vichy shower, a custom-made jacuzzi with 18 jets, and a wet room—are as luxurious as her services.
A mineral sweet orange scrub smoothes away the rough patches where your sandals rub against your toes, followed by a hot-towel wrap. The inclusion of such perks in a pedicure can be both a blessing for your skin and a way to release pent-up stress from the week. Ruthie?s Nail Parlor specializes in these small breaks, performing pedicures and manicures for men and women. Gel or glitter polish, a foot massage, and moisturizing treatments all contribute to giving clients delicately soft hands and feet. In particular, during the gentleman?s manicure and pedicure, a technician buffs nails to a matte finish and massages in an almond scrub to remove dead skin and the leftover paint from when you got your foot stuck in a painter's bucket during a slapstick-comedy routine.
One of the eye-care professionals behind Beverly Hills Institute of Optometry, Dr. Kambiz Silani, strives to help his patients improve their eyesight and understand their eye-care needs. His comprehensive eye exams serve as preventative measures, illuminating potential vision problems, such as cataracts or macular degeneration. The practice also houses a spread of technologically advanced equipment to deliver exact prescriptions and draft computerized diagnostics of each patient's vision.