Aveda products are as renowned for their plant-based ingredients and eco-friendly packaging as they are for their beautification prowess, so it’s no surprise that the experts behind Glendale Aveda Salonspa rely on them during each of their styling treatments. Armed with their botanical tinctures, the salon’s stylists, mold manes with marshmallow-root texture lotions and lather locks with aromatic shampoos and conditioners. They also tint hair with colors infused with plant oils that subdue damage and leave each strand shiny and healthy. These hues come in natural blonds, browns, and reds, as well as primary and secondary colors distilled from sustainably harvested crayons. On the other side, spa staffers also reach for Aveda products—including hydrators and cleansers—as they clarify and rebalance careworn epidermises. When they aren't nourishing clients, the stylists at Glendale Aveda Salonspa attend weekly classes to hone their skills. They also donate their time to nonprofit organizations, such as the Coalition for Clean Air and the Glendale Health Fair.
Energetic music and excited dancers fill Heartbeat House in Atwater Village throughout the day. The entire wall facing the sidewalk is made up of windows partially covered by sheer curtains – still, with the thumping of feet and inescapable rhythms, you can’t help but look inside to find a well-appointed studio space, open and airy. Depending on the day and time, you might catch an eyeful Zumba, kids’ hip hop dance or the genre-mixing Yoga Booty Ballet. All levels of experience are welcome, and instructors do their best to include everyone and to provide a fun expressive dance class. These non-competitive classes keep a vibrant, upbeat atmosphere, drawing in the progressively hip neighborhood who would like to tone and sculpt without dragging themselves to the gym. Monthly class passes are available, as are cheaper weekly classes, like a seven dollar community yoga that ensures there’s room for everyone.
Glendale Chiro Care's treatment center feels more like a day spa than a medical office. Warm yellow walls lit with soft ceiling lights guide patients to the front desk, where a friendly staff member sits surrounded by therapeutic products, wood-stained furniture, and electric guitars. Relaxation is paramount in the treatment rooms, where Doctor of Chiropractic Gassia Titizian eases any anxieties about her methods before she and her staff ease bodily stresses with acupuncture, chiropractic, nutrition-counseling, and massage treatments. They tend to patients of all ages, including children and those who've just given birth or swallowed an entire watermelon.
The Art of You Holistic Center heals bodies with relaxing treatments performed both indoors and out. Classic facials and back treatments evict dirt from the skin, and massages—which range from deep tissue to Swedish—turn tense muscles into butter. The center also offers acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine and only uses natural products that are free of parabens, sulfates, and poltergeists.
Certified personal trainer Lance Callahan has been whipping clients into shape for over a decade. From his base in Silver Lake, he serves a wide variety of clients, from athletes to working moms, from weekend warriors to celebrities. Since 2007, he has trained most of his clients at Body Builders Gym on Hyperion Avenue, but he also has his own fully-equipped private studio nearby, where he works with select clients who prefer a private setting away from the gym. Callahan got into the personal training business over a decade ago, when he was asked to conduct a session at a corporate “big chain” gym while still a student at UCLA. Today, Callahan is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine.
Located in a collection of whitewashed adobe-style shops on a pedestrian-friendly street in trendy Los Feliz, Being in L.A. offers a range of health and beauty services in a relaxed atmosphere. The attentive staff will create a personalized program, whether you are dealing with acne, dry or aging skin, and the products used on site are free of carcinogens and fillers. Clients seeking simple relaxation can indulge in various massage therapies that are designed to leave them feeling refreshed and happy, while the on staff acupuncturist can help alleviate symptoms of chronic pain as well as PMS, infertility and other health issues. Of course, it’s as important to look good as to feel good, so Being in L.A. has professionals who can supply a full rundown on makeup trends and deliver a stylish haircut.