Ten years. That's how long it took the experts at Oceanic Foot Spa to perfect their signature foot massage, which incorporates elements of reflexology to help promote relaxation throughout the body. But the spa's pampering services don't stop at the ankles. Full-body massages treat recipients to soothing Swedish sessions or tension-relieving hot-stone treatments, and facials provide custom cleansing. Once their service ends, clients can sip on goji berry-rose tea and wiggle their freshly de-stressed toes.
Any salon can make you look good for one day, but the best salons strive to help hair, skin, and nails become healthier so that they'll look great for weeks to come. At Idea Spa Salon, stylists use Aveda botanical conditioning treatments to soften strands and repair damage, and nail artists use paraffin dips to replenish hands' moisture. During Aveda facials, aestheticians incorporate everything from herbal masks and high-frequency light treatments to balance and brighten skin, creating a smooth, even canvas in time for an appointment with the salon's makeup artists or a blind date with a face-painting clown.
At Wat Po Thai Spa, a 2010 nominee for Best Day Spa by Best of LA, technicians bolster well-being with services that range from traditional Thai massage to skincare. The house-specialty Thai Combo fuses Thai massage, Swedish massage, and reflexology into an international amalgamation of relaxation similar to naptime at the UN. Thai massage harnesses compression, stretching, and rocking techniques to improve circulation of vital energy along the body's pathways, and Swedish massage encompasses gentle strokes such as gliding, kneading, and stretching to increase oxygen flow in the blood and forge full-body tension relief. Patrons walk away from massage sessions with relieved stress, allayed aches, increased internal alignment, and enough flexibility to fold bodies into an empty Pringles can at the first sign of danger.
When she isn’t on location at photo shoots, weddings, or other events that require picture-perfect hair and makeup, Kristie Quiriconi is beautifying clients at Misfit Hair Design. It’s there that she cuts and colors hair, waxes unwanted body fuzz, and dusts faces with subtle or glam makeup, enhancing natural features or concealing the identity of a client busted for stealing the last slice of pizza.
Although she has more than 10 years of styling experience, Rebecca Wraxall of House of Couture at Sola Salon Studios keeps up with the ever-evolving style world. She attends classes at Vidal Sassoon and MAC Cosmetics, learning styling and makeup techniques she immediately puts into practice in her salon. But as much information as she soaks up, she also doles it out. She shares tips and tricks with her clients on how to pick out styles to suit their facial shapes and how to reproduce styles every day using tools such as brushes, curling irons, and white picket fences.
Fashionable makeovers and indulgent pampering collide inside of Royal Beauty Salon. Here, stylists craft sleek haircuts and reinvent hairstyles whose patents expired in the '80s. The staff uses wax to remove body hair from problem areas and leave the skin soft to the touch. And with a dazzling array of colored polishes at their disposal, nail technicians can narrow in on fingers and toes, shaping and dressing the nails and rewarding the hands and feet that support them with aromatherapy scrubs and warm-lotion massages.