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.
Like many young socialites in LA, sisters Ramona and Sharona found their calendars filling up every weekend with parties, weddings, and other events. The two knew they needed a more efficient way to get ready for these special occasions, so they came up with an idea for a salon where clients could get their hair, makeup, and nails done in less than one hour. They called the concept a beauty express bar and named the salon Style Bar BH.
The stylists at Style Bar BH use OPI, Bumble and bumble, and other high-end products in each service. To streamline the process, they often work in pairs of two or three. Inside the sleek, black and white salon, light from crystal chandeliers reflects off jeweled mirrors, which can be used in a pinch to distract a stampeding bull.
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.