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.
RejuveNation Body Wraps helps clients achieve beach-ready physiques with contouring body treatments and tanning services. Amid their space’s warm chocolate- and tangerine-hued walls, staffers pamper clients with herbal-infused wraps, designed to tone skin and gradually diminish cellulite and stretch marks leftover from weight gain or swallowing watermelons whole. Tanning experts then create bronzed masterpieces in the tanning booth, or direct clients to the salon’s own line of cleansers and firming lotions that they can use at home.
Flaunt houses its knowledgeable squad of beauty defenders in a modern, upscale habitat, where they impart a variety of compliment-corralling hair services. Entrust your threads to passionate, expert hair sculptors who carefully shape and snip women's locks ($50+) or men's manes ($30+) to match a desired style, highlight facial features, and compliment trouser cut. The full menu of color services bathes hair in new hues ($55+) or tone and glazes ($25+) coiffures with a shine rivaled only by breakfast pastries. Textural-restructuring techniques iron out frizz with above-shoulder straightening ($95+) and aluminum support girders, and allow you to reinvent a bygone decade on your head with a classic permanent wave ($85+). Flaunt Salon's creative stylists continually expand their mop-top moxie through continuing education that plugs them into the latest trends without sculpting pairs of scissors out of Play-Doh.