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When its icy beauty isn't adding a tony touch to episodes of CSI, Blue Medi Spa spruces up the pages of publications from Allure to the Wall Street Journal. Blue's medical director, Dr. Daniel Yamini, has appeared on Entertainment Tonight and Dr. 90210.

Dr. Yamini's expertise stems from double board certification in plastic and general surgery, and he has performed more than 5,000 procedures during his career. He oversees Blue's nonsurgical services, which range from laser and body-contouring treatments to injectables and clinical facials that work better than taping prescription pads over the face.

As Dr. Yamini and his aestheticians tend to bodies, the spa's aquamarine light filters through translucent panels and reflects off of tiling. Stretched fabric and hanging shapes evoke the mobiles of Alexander Calder as space dividers create the feel of an art gallery on Pluto.

14622 Ventura Blvd, Ste 118
Sherman Oaks,
CA
US

At Larisa Beauty Salon & Spa, co-owner Larisa Krylova weaves her training at the Moscow Academy of Beauty into hair, skincare, waxing, and nail services. She and her staff exercise expertise with Margy's Monte Carlo skin serums, which are designed for specific problems and areas of the face and décolleté. Products from brands such as Matrix and Schwarzkopf aid haircutting and coloring, and the Yuko system deeply nourishes and straightens tresses. Manes plagued by frequent shedding can opt for Vigorance hair-loss shock treatment, which enlists veggie extracts to generate new strands strong enough to withstand the tug of a scorned classmate.

6002 Reseda Blvd
Tarzana,
CA
US

Specially trained aestheticians swaddle bodies in wraps designed to detoxify, slim, and relax. They employ natural ingredients such as mineral solutions, marine mud, and seaweed doused in peppermint oil to nourish the skin as fat cells and memories of the city drain away. For a more intensive treatment, the aestheticians raise their voices slightly and turn on infrared-sauna rays to detoxify, relax, and slim down the body. The spa's boutique supplies clients with products to continue their weight-loss, skincare, and anti-aging efforts on the home front.

12747 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City,
California
US

Just like its namesake, the interior of Charm Beauty Salon glows golden. With an updated-yet-retro feel, modular couches sit opposite of styling stations separated by tall pillars, where stylists smooth locks with Brazilian blowouts and shear new 'dos via exacting snips. Tucked away in private rooms, aestheticians de-fuzz physiques with a range of waxing services, from eyebrows to stubborn thigh-brows. Meanwhile, using products from Yonka and G.M. Collin, hydrating and exfoliating facials leave mugs fresh and smooth.

4622 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks,
CA
US

The staff at Body Lounge Spa cossets skin during rejuvenating facials and body wraps, and redefines nails while patrons recline in cushioned red pedicure thrones. Guests can sip a glass of wine at the beverage bar as they take in the earth-toned d?cor grounded in deep chocolate and caramel tones. Massage therapists then invite patrons to rooms illuminated with candles, where treatments such as the energizing Thai massage combat stress and render muscles loose enough to bound up an escalator that's going down.

13952 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks,
CA
US

Helmed by the accomplished chiropractic doctor Neda Mehrabani Ladjevardi, the friendly staff of the Health Clinic of Southern California pampers minds and bodies with a host of holistic healing techniques that includes detoxifying footbath treatments. During each 30-minute session, feet soak in a gently churning footbath as the treatment draws out the body’s accumulated toxins, heavy metals, and lost socks, and then burbles them away. Many clients notice a reduction of aches and pains and increased energy following the detoxifying session, and the treatment also aims to reduce blood pressure, alleviate the symptoms of heart disease, and boost immune-system efficiency.

17337 Ventura Blvd
Encino,
CA
US