At Cheta Chiropractic & Day Spa, staffers with at least 10 years of experience each pair holistic pampering with the benefits of chiropractic treatment. Their menu tackles beauty standbys such as nail, facial, massage, and waxing services, but veers into territory often untapped by spas with treatments inspired by ancient healing techniques. Therapists ensnare tranquility better than an aromatherapy oil miner with cupping, a Chinese method wherein jars of bamboo or glass safely suction to backs via the heat of ignited contents. Meanwhile, patrons tip in teeters during inversion therapy, a technique that harnesses gravity to realign spines and ease muscles and nerve pressure.
Serenity pours from every corner of the space, which flaunts a scarlet waiting area with cushioned wicker chairs and bright lighting. As a tribute to the mythical Emery Board Forest, the silhouette of a barren tree backs the pedicure room's plush black chairs, and an ornate chandelier sheds light on nearby doting.
Susan Valdez eases lingering soreness from within the comforts of her private massage studio at D’Aversa the Salon. Valdez is well versed in all manner of modalities, from traditional Swedish and deep-tissue massages to specialized approaches such as shiatsu. As Valdez works her magic, the bustling, two-story Redken salon just beyond her door remains in full swing, with staff performing services for the hair, skin, and nails.
To flip through Rockin Locks Salon's portfolio is to feast one's eyes on a kaleidoscopic parade of looks. The stylists’ vivid creations include neon indigo waves, teal ombre locks, cotton-candy curls, V-shaped crimson bangs, aquamarine dreadlocks, and platinum rockabilly victory rolls. Here, punk meets classic beauty, as the stylists also fashion tamer cuts, such as glossy layers, honey-hued ombre highlights, and slick pompadours that evoke the days of sock hops and bomb shelters full of Spam.
The style transformations take place between hot pink walls, accented by zebra-print cushions and crisp, black-and-white stripes that are just as bold as their clients’ new ‘dos.
In the midst of rustic woods, there sits a three-story building. Upon opening its front door, visitors unleash a gentle wave of aromatherapy scents and warm air. They step inside, where therapists lead them past wood accents and into private treatment rooms. World of Serenity’s spa atmosphere recalls the calm of the surrounding wilderness, and inside its walls, therapists adopt a holistic approach; they educate guests in wellness basics, such as why humans don’t eat sand, and perform a range of customized spa services. They soften faces, deep-cleanse pores, and slough of dead cells during customized facials; sometimes scouring or soothing the skin with an additional enzyme deep cleanse, warm stones, or anti-aging collagen. They also ease muscle tension with six massage modalities such as deep tissue, warm stone, and reflexology; and scrub clients from head to toe using salt and sugar rubs, and wraps made from natural dead sea mud or Paradisius—a blend of ground fruit and flower extracts.
On the sun-dappled streets of Long Beach, the broad glass windows of 2nd Street Beauty Boutique’s flagship store sparkle just as brightly as the rows of cosmetics that rest behind them. Inside each 2nd Street Beauty outpost, sleek white beauty stations hoist Stila blushes and rows of Smashbox lipsticks that stand in perfectly straight lines like soldiers at attention or British people queuing for the bus. With an elixir, serum, or solution for every hair, skin, and nail concern imaginable, the staff at 2nd Street Beauty guides guests through dozens of high-end products, and even performs facials and hair services in the adjacent salon.