Ayurvedic, a Sanskrit term meaning the “science of life,” is an ancient philosophy of holistic medicine originating in India. While reverence for medicine may seem unusual for a nail spa, Elizabeth Ashton doesn’t think so, for as she explains, it’s “more than pedicures and manicures, [it] is about the beauty, wellness, and pleasure.” From the moment clients enter her bright and airy space, Elizabeth facilitates relaxation with indulgent manicure and pedicure services. She quickly cleans, shapes, and polishes nails during an “on the go” treatment, and alternately, she takes nearly two hours when administering the Indian-therapy mani-pedi, complete with lime, ginger, and coconut-milk blends and finished with a Dead Sea mask. Services are topped off with a rainbow of OPI polishes, pink and white fills, a layer of chocolate fondant, or gel overlays.
The staff at ReNew Body & Skin Centre cultivates a calm and peaceful day-spa atmosphere to match its scenic waterfront surroundings. The menu of services contains gems such as peels and enzyme treatments, gentle sugaring hair removal, and microcurrent facelifts that tone muscles using waveforms that match the body's electrical activity and persuade skin to quit sagging with rousing motivational speeches. A team of massage therapists branch out from facials and skincare services with a wide range of massages. Drawing from modalities such as craniosacral therapy, deep tissue, or myofascial release, they ease aches and pains and increase the function and blood flow of the connective tissues throughout the back.
Just walking distance from the Long Beach Convention Center lies a 2,000-square-foot oasis and two-time MyFoxLA Hot List winner. The historic downtown building houses four separate treatment rooms where aestheticians and massage therapists perform a variety of facials, massages, scrubs, wraps, and manicures. Their menu of international therapies borrows seaweed mud and traditions from France, Italy, India, and the Middle East, and their medical facials are performed under the direction of a board-certified dermatologist. In addition to individual clients who arrive solo for a day of pampering, La Dolce Vita invites groups celebrating birthdays, wedding days, and spa-appreciation days.
Beauty & Wellness Day Spa sends stress packing, giving clients a brief respite from the tensions and routines of everyday life. This escape can take the form of a nourishing facial treatment, leaving visages nourished and radiant as steam cleanses, personalized masks refresh, and chemical peels rejuvenate skin tone. Held within private treatment rooms, massages set muscles adrift on a sea of tranquility using gentle music and subtle aromas to create a calming environment while delivering swedish strokes or focused deep-tissue pressure. Spa packages encourage clients to forget their woes during extended day-trips, that include indulgent combinations of exfoliating body scrubs, wraps, facials, massages, and fifth-grade math quizzes.
Bronzed Sugar’s licensed and certified "sugar mamas" keep their clients looking spruced up and beach-ready with airbrush tanning, sugaring, and skincare. At this upbeat salon, sugar reigns supreme, and its nourishing properties are used to great benefit in many of the signature treatments. For example, airbrush-tanning treatments use 99% natural solutions made from DHA—a sugar cane derivative—to produce full, natural-looking tans that last up to 10 days. Sugar technicians further prep bodies for bikinis and bathing suits by removing embarrassing hair with sugar paste, an all-natural formula that leaves the skin feeling soft to the touch. And facials such as a Bronzed Sugar exfoliating treatment or custom sugar facial combine the signature ingredient with vitamins, aromatherapy oils, and massage to yield a radiant and smooth complexion. The staff also offers traditional European hard waxing, mink-lash extensions, and makeup services.
Featured on the Bravo television show Tabatha's Salon Takeover, the staff at The Loft consults with clients to provide face-flattering precision cuts and coloring, as well as rejuvenating spa services. Amicably part with split ends with a customized haircut (women's $45–$55, men's $25–$35), put muscles back in their proper appendages with a muscle-moving massage ($45 for 30 minutes), or allow their waxologists to preen and primp brow mustaches ($15) by purchasing up to three of today's beautifying Groupon.