Dr. Holly Yamada, Medical Director of HaLa Skin & Body, is a board-certified physician specializing in both aesthetics and general care. But if the mythical College of Ultimate Pampering existed, she would have graduated summa cum laude. At her clinic, Dr. Yamada oversees a skilled staff as they treat clients to relaxing, rejuvenating treatments. Gentle skincare services, including microdermabrasions, facials, and peels, restore youthful glows, while injected cosmetics and fillers effectively stop the aging clock. Laser services employ noninvasive beams to remove unwanted hair or address acne blemishes. Extending their external expertise to the internal, the clinic's specialists also offer personal Pilates sessions and holistic health and nutrition consultations.
Tucked into the historic Old Town Monrovia district, the boutique-style spa specializes in pampering treatments with an eco-friendly slant. With today's Groupon in toe or finger, guests will be treated to Y'Sharis' signature manicure and pedicure, complete with a lavender-infused touch. Toes are treated to warm enzyme bath, followed by an exfoliating treatment and relaxing massage. Ragged cuticles and coarse palms get TLC through a warm bath, relaxing massage, buffing, shaping, and polishing.
A cast of aestheticians, massage therapists, and beauty professionals work under one roof at Nani Skin Care, where they keep skin glowing with help from products by Bioelements Professional Skin Care. Facials, customized to skin type and condition, incorporate deep cleansing with invigorating massage to restore a vibrant, youthful appearance to dull, aging complexions. Nani Skin care also offers an array of other treatments. For skin below the neck, the aestheticians administer a slew of spa treatments, including exfoliating salt glows and relaxing footbaths.
During 60- and 90-minute massages, aromatherapeutic scents guide muscles into relinquishing any stress or tension. Adults and teens alike can stop in for a Youngblood mineral-makeup lesson or schedule a makeup application to prepare for a wedding day or a night full of dancing and plotting to steal the queen’s crown.
Named after the plant tissue that carries water and nutrients from the roots to the leaves, Xylem Aveda Salon & Spa infuses its clients' hair with nutrients via botanical treatments and masks. Stylists also mold manes using scissors and add pops of color to locks with highlights.
The staff at Wax n' Peels swiftly and safely whisks away unwanted hair from even the most sensitive of skin types during customized waxing sessions. Inside the private, chocolate-hued treatment room, guests recline on a plush bed as techs coat designated areas, adhering to a strict no double-dipping policy, with a gentle, low-temperature hard or soft wax. The wax forms a shrink-wrap over strands and their day-old leftovers, plucking them from the root when the technician lifts wax strips away. Clients can use sessions to shape eyebrows and clear lip fuzz, or smooth entire nether regions with a Brazilian.
The nail techs at Emerald Day Spa use organic products as they beautify hands and feet with mani-pedis. During the 60-minute service, an aesthetician gently massages and scrubs pavement pounders with a nutrient-rich Himalayan salt scrub, exfoliating soles and heels as fingers soak in a dip and share secrets about who they like-like. Nails then undergo a trim, buff, and cuticle treatment before being slathered in a green tea detox to expunge impurities.
Chocolat Day Spa performs a hat trick of luxury, uniting chocolate, 24-karat gold, and specialty spa treatments for the benefit of tired faces and achy, dessert-deprived feet. The deluxe 24-karat-gold facial fosters waves of gilt-induced pleasure as the gold leaf envelopes the skin with a sensuous spray of steam (a $225 value). The indulgent facial teams up with a microdermabrasion or microneedle treatment to form a nonablative duo capable of banishing blemishes, shrinking wrinkles, and efficiently filling out tax returns. The exfoliating fudge-scrub treats feet to 30 minutes of sumptuous sweet-smelling rejuvenation (a $35 value). As leg-bases luxuriate in their chocolatey massage, lips and tensions are loosed with a complimentary chocolate martini for guests age 21 or older.