The Spa at Commerce Casino ensorcells forms with treatments that sap away stress and improve introductory aesthetics. Revivify tired mugs with the 30-minute Fast Signature Facial, which begins with an in-depth skin analysis that identifies epidermal problems, including dryness, excessive oil, and difficult-to-detect camouflage pigmentation. Pore cleaning unclogs acne-prone skin, followed by a choice of a hydrating or deep-cleansing mask that lets face-bearers customize their rejuvenating treatments. In the therapeutic Swedish massage, skillful digits ease kinked-up bone movers, leaching out achiness and leaving muscles relaxed enough to avenge crushing Twister defeats from arrogant Gumbys. An ionic foot bath finishes off spa sessions, gently coaxing toxins out through feet with the allure of a warm bath.
More than 25 years ago, Kundan Sabarwal opened the doors of a modest 400-square-foot skincare spa in New Delhi, working diligently to gently and efficiently eradicate her clients' unwanted body hair through a blend of ancient techniques and modern indulgences. With a bit of hard-earned success, Ziba Beauty hopped the pond, eventually expanding to 17 locations in two U.S. states. Each studio embraces American style while retaining its overseas roots, amplifying faces and bodies with traditional Indian cosmetic adornment and hair removal. By rolling small loops of cotton thread over brows and other facial areas, threading specialists can remove pesky fuzz without harming the skin or skipping over fine hairs. For more sizeable zones, Sumita Wax, which was developed in India exclusively for Ziba Beauty, quickly sends errant hairs packing on the face and body. Artistic hands ink bodies with the ornate semipermanent designs of traditional mehndi, or cloak clients in sparkle with intricate art in a choice of 32 glitter mehndi colors and shimmering crystals, readying skin for special events better than a full-body tuxedo tattoo.
Recently featured in Los Angeles magazine and Nylon, Hairroin Salon is home to a dedicated posse of hair wranglers and natural-beauty miners. Shear Genius season three finalist Janine Jarman refines her head-crafting craft at Hairroin, and all of the salon’s stylists donate their talents to the Los Angeles Youth Network and the Beauty Bus. In addition to a haircut, you’ll have access to the shampoo bar, which lets you pick between purifying, smoothing, volumizing, and moisturizing treatments, leaving your hair impeccably clean and worthy of being shaved off and used to stuff expensive pillows. Though they aren’t included in this Groupon, Foxy Fridays bring back the age-old tradition of free champagne and $35 blowouts.
The circumstances that led Johnny Ray to open Private Practice Carino Massage are peculiar, to say the least. It began when an airplane crashed into Johnny's Hollywood apartment building in 2003. It got worse when he suffered a three-story fall as a result of that crash. It got better, physically, when Johnny sustained emergency surgery and took time off from his job as a certified massage therapist to recover. And it got better, spiritually, when he used that time off to visit a healer in his family's home country of El Salvador. The healer's Mayan and Pipil techniques restored Johnny's sense of holistic alignment and gave him a new perspective on the role that bodywork treatments could play in helping clients find relief from pain.
With over 26 years of experience, the one-on-one private treatments at Carino Massage combine these ancient Mesoamerican techniques with modern modalities, including Swedish, reflexology, and shiatsu methods. In addition to using his palms, knuckles, and fingers to soothe tense musculature with the help of water-based, hypoallergenic lotions, Johnny Ray also leads clients through a series of integrated breathing exercises that promote a state of calm, introspective focus. These treatments share the common goal of alleviating stress, although Johnny Ray takes care to modify each session so that he is better able to address each client's particular needs.
For mother-and-daughter team Pamela and Teal, beauty is a family tradition. Pamela—an aesthetician, shiatsu therapist, and makeup artist—has taught skincare seminars around the world, mentoring many successful makeup artists and working with celebs such as Eric Roberts, Beau Bridges, and Stacy Keach. Teal—an on-location makeup artist influenced by both her mother's experience and her uncle's work for film and TV—has freshened many famous faces herself in her more-than-10-year career. Working on numerous films, music videos, and fashion shows, she found herself enhancing the features of Shannon Elizabeth, Salma Hayek, and Christina Ricci, among others, and her work has been featured in the print work of famous photographers such as Michel Comte and Jamais Vu.
Together with a team of licensed aestheticians, mom and daughter embrace an approach that blends natural and organic products with cutting-edge services, including LED light therapy, microdermabrasion, and Intraceuticals oxygen-infusion treatments. The spa's own eco-friendly brand of organic skincare products includes apothecary-style blended masks, firming gels, and moisturizers worthy of nourishing celebrity visages or their wax-based likenesses. And, to nourish the environment, all products are packaged in recycled plastic containers featuring labels printed with soy ink.
“Marylle Koken is fantastic at performing major transformations with ease," says InStyle magazine. "Koken is one of the nation’s top performing media artists in hair making today," raves SalonCity. While most salon owners would revel in a single glowing review, The Harlot Salon’s owner, Marylle Koken, has had them rolling in since her career began at the tender age of 19. After growing up in Holland and training in France, she traveled to the United States to embark upon a storied career. Now, thanks to her reputation for spellbinding styles, she counts The Kardashians, Paris Hilton, Juliette Binoche, Claudia Schiffer, and Jack Nicholson as clients at her Parisian-themed salon.
Complimentary cookies, champagne, and cappuccino welcome guests into The Harlot, where they kick back in soft, leather chairs as they await treatments with Marylle or one of the salon’s other star stylists. Not to be outdone by their lauded leader, the staff also flaunts impressive resumés that include styling for LA Fashion Week and fitting the Hollywood sign for its new wig. With the help of Sebastian Professional and Moroccanoil products, they perform a traditional list of hair services with untraditional flair.