Sip champagne while your feet soak in a warm whirlpool bath. Relax as a hydrating mask softens your skin and a massage loosens your muscles. Feel the tingle of raw epson salts and essential oils as they rejuvenate your skin during a full-body scrub. All of the above?and plenty more?is possible at Studio J Salon & Day Spa, a full-service beauty haven where nothing takes a backseat to relaxation.
That's not to say that relaxation is all this place has to offer. A team of hairstylists offers cuts and coloring treatments along with conditioning services that give locks some added oomph. And aestheticians draw from dozens of facials to address chronic skin issues such as acne, dryness, and seasonal molting. Speaking of skin, the spa even features an experienced tattoo artist who can create custom designs to complete a total makeover.
Amid ocean-blue walls splashed with tropical orange accents and beach-themed décor, Salon Makai's seasoned stylists relax, nourish, and refine harried heads with expert precision. Patrons sidle up to a shampoo station to let stylists shower heads in warm, soothing water and slather strands with a rich deep-conditioning serum. Focused fingers then massage the scalp, soothing cranial surfaces stressed out from months of tight ponytails and burrowing hair gophers. Finally, scissors snip away old growth and sculpt a sophisticated new cut, after which clients can return home to style tresses to suit their tastes or bask in a professional blow-dry and style for an additional $20.
Clients at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa receive a completely customized service, down to the lighting and sound levels that transform treatment rooms into relaxing oases. As they tuck into the clean linens that bedeck heated tables, they divulge their chronic aches to massage therapists or their skin concerns to aestheticians. With each visit, the staff updates a client’s regimen so that a treatment remains effective in soothing aches or clean pores that are terrified of extractions.
The Smart Tan–certified staff at Hollywood Hills Tanning helps clients to darken skin shades with UV and airbrush tanning services. Sunless tanners kiss the skin according to the carefully controlled stylings of a technician armed with an airbrush. Alternatively, bright UV beams enwrap bodies in bronze as fans cool the skin in one of six tanning beds. Each bed rests in a private room stocked with shelves, hangers, and a stereo, and technicians regularly refresh bulbs to ensure a skin color that would match clients’ bronzed baby scuba flippers.
The friendly staff at Swanky! lull clients' meddling mind matter with a soothing touch paralleled only by the voices of NPR. Chatter drifts between beauty beds and chairs, creating an ambience warmed further by precision, style, and experience.