Mary Alice performs facial services at Saving Faces Skin Care Salon, a day spa tucked away in Marina Del Rey. It’s in this eclectic space, complete with futuristic floor lamps, white furnishings, and chic wallpaper, that she performs services which blend together holistic and science-based treatments.
To combat signs of aging, the on-staff aestheticians arm themselves with Dermalogica and AQ Skin Solutions products during ISUN Platinum facials, working to balance moisture levels and reduce irritation. Add-on treatments, such as a pumpkin enzyme peel that stimulates blood flow, can further bring a healthy glow to the face. In addition to performing skin-based services, staffers can be found pampering clients with organic spray tans and lash extensions. They can also wax unwanted body hair, adhering to a strict “no double-dipping sticks” policy.
When Dr. Nasimeh Yazdani received degrees from UCLA, the University of Iowa, and USC, her medical quest had just begun. After earning board certification in internal medicine and nephrology, she opened her own practice, where she and her staffers offer services ranging from general medical care and checkups to nephrology (kidney treatments), anti-aging medicine, and weight management.
As you might expect of a practice located less than a mile from the beach, the office itself isn't exactly cold and clinical. Upon arrival, clients sink into plush leather couches, where they snack on a homemade cookie, sip a beverage, or scream into a crocheted baby hat. They then head back to a private treatment room done up in pale mauve hues and decorated with silver-framed artwork.
Gold damask and creamy flowers accent Broadway Skin Studio's sleek, all-white interior, fusing ornate, antique beauty with contemporary coolness. Immersed in the bright, sun-flooded rooms, Dr. Richard Mantell helms a team of registered nurses and nurse practitioners as they perform noninvasive and minimally invasive beauty treatments, with an emphasis on comfort and safety. They work to turn back the clock on aging with injectables and microdermabrasion, which are much more reliable than Dr. Babyman's Youth Oil. With their laser treatments, they tackle a range of concerns, including unwanted hair, unsightly spider veins, and sagging skin. Through all their services, the nurses believe in keeping clients informed of all their options, and work to accommodate their needs with customized treatment plans.
During Couples Massage Class sessions, one instructor coaches five misty-eyed duos as they deliver easily mastered, Swedish-inspired strokes to their paramours. Teachers demonstrate beginner massage sequences from neck to toe before two-hour classes commence in a room ringed with mirrors, flickering candlelight, and soothing Norah Jones vocals. Clad in comfy, loose-fitting clothing, pupils de-stress while their fingers glide with provided oils and creams in an effort to fully soothe. Couples gain insight usually reserved for massage therapists and competitive jugglers, including how to keep hands moving without suffering from fatigue. Enlightened students leave with a handout that sums up all of the massage techniques necessary to easily reenact relaxation sessions at home.
The hair-pampering pros at The Haircutters have trimmed locks and transformed outmoded manes for more than a quarter of a century. Unlike many salons, in which shampooing is a separate service, the team starts off every haircut and style by treating scalps to suds with handfuls of professional products from top brands such as Biolage and American Crew.
Apart from the signature shampoo-and-cuts, the staff at The Haircutters also offers color and texturizing services. Redken color camp for men gets hombres’ heads looking good, and spiral perms cascade with curls. Devoted to client convenience, The Haircutters welcomes walk-ins seven days a week.
Bethany Mahoney's hair expertise has taken her all along the west coast, from downtown San Francisco to Beverly Hills to Santa Monica beach. Along the way, Bethany has built an impressive resume; she's styled locks for the television show America's Next Top Model, served as a consultant for hair-product commercials, volunteered at local shelters, and has tended to the coifs of celebrities including Diane Lane and Brad Pitt. She brings that same caring, red-carpet touch to the airy confines of Fred Segal Salon, where she crafts looks among sleek leather sofas and ferns sporting perfect highlights.