Cosmetic-product developer David Thurston teamed with 13-year styling vet Alexis Lishman to commandeer a once-vacant commercial space, reimagining it as a luxurious, green-certified spa. The sunny 3,400-square-foot loft space welcomes visitors with Italian-made furnishings set in a pleasant white, brown, and charcoal palate, as well as stunning floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the length of the salon, giving guests views of the vibrant urban hum of Ventura Boulevard below and the passive-aggressive silence of the Encino Hills above. A butterfly sculpture with a 6-foot wingspan designed by British artists Graham Thrussel and Mathew Morris flutters above the space, symbolizing the aesthetic transformations below.
As stylists lather scalps and plot style overhauls at curvy sinks of porcelain, nail artists spruce up digits in the light, airy space. Clients emerge from fresh spray tans and waxes into the salon’s cocoon of chic modernity, surrounded by verdant palms and modern-art pieces from Archan Nair as a custom exhaust system purifies the air of any contaminants caused by keratin hair straightening or bad knock-knock jokes.
As a practitioner of the Aveda arts, Kriza Aveda Salon Spa stocks its shelves, cosmetic counters, and salon stations with natural, botanical serums and salves. To pamper clients, the staff peppers each service with luxurious flair—stylists treat guests to a head, neck, shoulder, and hand massage with every haircut, before touching up makeup for ladies. Between appointments, they’ll even trim up bangs to keep cuts stylish or keep head hair from weaving itself into eyelashes. In addition to applying makeup for brides or for special occasions, makeup artists also consult with clients to teach them how to enhance their features and pick the shades that suit their particular skin tone during lessons. Plant-based facials leave skin radiant, diminish wrinkles, or address acne. In every location, the decor mirrors the commitment to naturalism with a light, airy feel, characterized by mostly white walls and plenty of mirrors and glass.
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.
Bangkok Thai Massage is a sanctuary of relaxation. Upon entering, guests walk down the dimly lit hallway to a private treatment room, part the gossamer curtains, and snug into cozy massage beds. In each of the gilded rooms, the therapists set to work, easing tension from muscles with an array of massage modalities. During the signature Thai massage, they call upon their hands, knees, elbows, feet, and telekinetic abilities to deeply relieve pressure and ease limbs into yoga-style stretches. They also soothe aches with the gentle kneads of Swedish massage, and the more intense ministrations of deep-tissue massage.
Tomii Massage & Wellness Center helps patrons take charge of their health with a slate holistic services that alleviate all manner of aches, pains, and ailments. Massages soothe back pain while acupuncture and cupping keep energy flowing through the proper channels. More than an attempt to keep folks relaxed, the staff deploys these treatments as a means of combating everything from high blood pressure and indigestion to insomnia and breathing problems. The holistic programs draw from a wide range of disciplines, and even incorporate Chinese herbal oils for good measure.
At The Zone Spa, a staff of massage therapists and aestheticians work in tandem with Dr. Yoav Stein, a chiropractor, to perform a range of holistic services. As Dr. Stein treats patients' spines and helps them lose weight by removing heavy backpacks, therapists tailor massages to each client's needs, soothing all the senses with heated tables, lighting controls, and the option to add aromatherapy to any treatment.