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.
With services that include deep-cleansing facials, anti-aging and acne treatments, and hair removal for men and women, The DollHouse Beauty makes skin look as pristine and smooth as the porcelain face of a doll. Other services spruce up the rest of the appearance; eyelash extensions and makeup enhance facial features, and updos sweep hair into the pinned curls and cascading tendrils that befit a dinner at a formal 7-11. But visits to the studio aren't just functional—they're also fun. Full-body massages disentangle muscle knots with heated stones, aromatherapy, and deep-tissue work. And every first Friday of the month, corks pop and champagne flows during celebrations dubbed Champagne Fridays.
The Zone Spa's professional massage therapists practice tension expulsion on bodies with the help of all-organic lotions and oils. During the hot-stone massage, a specialist balances smooth, hydro-heated stones on spots along the body to induce a deep muscular relaxation. Skilled appendages then administer a massage tailored to each client, creating a state of tranquility akin to that of napping on a cloud of baby hair. Clients may benefit from increased circulatory and metabolic function, as well as abatement of insomnia and arthritis symptoms. Those who opt for the deep-tissue massage release chronic muscle tension caused by deeper knots and misplaced hogties. The massage therapist dampens inflammation and dissipates scar tissue employing cross-fiber friction strokes and focused-pressure kneads. Both types of massage include aromatherapy, which fills nostrils with evocative and calming fragrances emanating from organic oils.
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 décor 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.
Synergy by Claudio’s massage therapists plan treatments according to ancient Ayurvedic principles, combining natural therapeutic products and hot stones with Swedish and deep-tissue techniques. The staff blends pure essential oils into solutions customized to solve clients’ physical aches and complex algebra homework. While oils hydrate exterior layers, holistic reflexology maneuvers aim to bolster internal health.