The staff at Namaste Day Spa and Salon hails from throughout the United States and other countries, including Puerto Rico and India. Luckily, Namaste's menu is just as diverse as the origins of its staff. Stylists offer soothing scalp treatments, vibrant highlights, and lock-lengthening weaves. For those looking to remove facial and body hair, threading and waxing sessions shape brows and banish unwanted fuzz. The spa's aesthetician cleanses pores and rejuvenates complexions with facial, and its massage therapist employs prenatal, neuromuscular, and Swedish techniques to help clients unwind. Namaste also offers more uncommon treatments, such as healing energy-medicine sessions and henna designs, which add temporary pizzazz to hands and other body parts.
At MeTime Massage & Bodywork Essentials, the massage therapists do just as their name suggests—they help you take the time to take care of yourself. Here, owner and licensed massage therapist Michell Simmons—a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals—draws on six years of experience as she soothes sinews with modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and sports massage, all of which can be enhanced with aromatherapy. When the massage therapists aren't kneading knots and relieving tension, they swaddle clients in wraps made from ingredients such as sea salt, Baltic mud, rose mud, and ginger sugar—the same ingredients that go into mud pies at all the five-star restaurants. She also offers facials, body scrubs, and paraffin-wax treatments, which soften the hands and feet.
Rickelle Watson Jenkins, owner of My Beautiful BROWZ Waxing Studio, peels away unwanted hair using a gentle zinc oxide–based wax that's great for first-timers and those with sensitive skin or breakouts. For trickier areas, such as the bikini line, Rickelle cracks open a can of titanium blue hard wax fresh from the La Brea Wax Pits. She recalls what first attracted her to the beauty industry—the art of makeup—while touching up lashes, lips, and everything in between, and uses Dermalogica products to cleanse and exfoliate during facials.
Jerine McLean welcomes questions about her approach to massage therapy. She answers them over the phone or during appointments, where she combats muscular tension with three massage modalities. There’s long, gliding Swedish strokes to relax muscles, and concentrated deep-tissue kneads to relieve chronic pains. She also performs neuromuscular therapy—a holistic massage technique that encourages the body to heal itself. And to accommodate busy schedules, Jerine can sit clients down on a specialized ergonomic chair for abbreviated 15-minute sessions.
The techs at Epiphany Wellness & Weight Loss wage full-scale war on excess pounds 20 minutes at a time. Turning a blind eye on the scalpels, vacuums, and whispered incantations used during old-fashioned liposuction, they deploy modern ultrasound to painlessly, noninvasively dispatch unwanted fat from cells. The condensed sessions require no downtime and leave bodies free of scars.
Behind a quaint yellow-brick storefront, owner Sallie Turner applies more than 20 years of styling experience to each new haircut or coloring treatment. She and her team work amid pink and beige walls, styling strands or beautifying façades with skincare treatments, spray tans, waxing, and nail services. They welcome appointments and walk-ins alike.