Owners Chad and Amy Dahmn and the ace salon and spa specialists at Escape Luxury Salon & Day Spa have built up an impressive list of services aimed at relaxing and beautifying clients. Personnel sit down with patrons to determine which treatments best suit their needs, from hairstyling and highlighting to nail enhancement, exfoliating facials, or muscle-soothing massages. During treatments, they use high-quality products from brands such as Epicuren and OPI, which are available for purchase. The salon’s view of a nearby harbor, the Ventura mountains, and hiking hypnotists ruffling leaf piles into heart shapes contributes to the serene air that permeates the space.
Like its name, Chiropuncture, Inc. is a hybrid. Only the two distinct things the center combines aren't acupuncture and chiropractic—those practices often go hand-in-hand—but rather a holistic medical clinic and a traditional spa. The former is the domain of Doctor of Chiropractic Danny Lai, who has been running a chiropractic clinic since 1997, and has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2005. Dr. Lai sees each chiropractic patient personally, adapting his treatment regimen to the patient's specific maladies, be they arthritis and migraines or ADHD, anxiety, and insomnia. He speaks English, Vietnamese, and Spanish, so communicating with him is easier than talking to a fern that only knows Swahili.
The second side of the center, the spa, has some reassuring credentials of its own. It uses the popular Dermalogica line of products in its skincare services, which include a Power Regeneration treatment for mature skin and a revitalizing eye rescue that erases the dark circles that appear under eyes when you haven't had enough rest or have fallen for the old "inky kaleidoscope" trick again. The rest of the menu is a grab bag of waxing services, massages, and synthetic-lash and makeup applications.
Beyond framed reproductions of Renaissance-era paintings, a chandelier casts a serene glow over tufted leather chairs and glossy wood floors. It’s within this elegant setting that Italian-trained designers Francesco and Mimmo bring about equally upscale looks. They pull from 21 color techniques to add vibrancy to coifs, and inspire relaxation with facials, massages, and mani-pedis.
Only a stone toss from Hollywood Beach sits Mi-Lash, where certified lash stylist Michelle outfits eyes with high-end Xtreme Lashes extensions. By adhering these synthetic lashes one-by-one to the client’s natural strands, Michelle can engineer a voluminous look without the mess of mascara or the blinking restrictions of taping a moustache to your eyelids. Michelle can also cultivate a sun-kissed glow with one her personalized spray-tan sessions. Michelle works under the auspices of Jo Mousselli, who insists on rigorous safety training for the staff, and founded the studio after spending almost a decade as a registered nurse at Texas Children's Hospital.
Kathrine Heinzman spent a large part of her 25-year career managing Christine Valmy’s flagship salon in Beverly Hills before continuing her beautification pursuits at Dermalogica’s International Dermal Institute education center. At her own Skin and Body Care Center, Kathrine and her team incorporate tools such as Clarisonic skin-cleansing and NuFace skin-lifting to complement a menu of facials and microdermabrasions. Dermalogica products augment the efficacy of treatments as well, with help from Ultraceuticals, Blinc cosmetics, and face massages administered by kittens in knit booties.
At BuenaVentura Massage, certified massage practitioner Robert Alan Schleifer utilizes a range of techniques to eradicate aches and tension. Schleifer wields his knot kneading know-how to assuage chronic back pain with a counter-strain therapy massage, a gentle treatment designed to ease subterranean discomfort by targeting nerve, tissue, and muscular maladies. For sweet serenity, opt instead for a Swedish/Esalen-style massage, which combines thorough and direct strokes in order to treat the neck, shoulders, and back. No matter how guests choose to let loose, both mind and body will have no trouble sinking deep into BuenaVentura Massage’s quaint office space and adjoining patio, both a stone's roll away from the nearby beach and downtown businesses.