The sun seems to shine even within Tuscan Salon’s walls, which stay true to their name with earthy tones and a painted Roman column enshrouded by leafy branches. The decor is hardly the only element that recalls a relaxing Italian retreat, however. While the full-service salon’s aestheticians and therapists pamper clients with facials and massages, stylists snip away at hair and the hemlines of overlong togas. On the other side of the expansive salon, spa technicians gently swipe away unwanted fuzz with body sugaring, the ancient practice of removing hair with an all-natural sugar paste.
Clients at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa receive a completely customized service, down to the lighting and sound levels that transform treatment rooms into relaxing oases. As they tuck into the clean linens that bedeck heated tables, they divulge their chronic aches to massage therapists or their skin concerns to aestheticians. With each visit, the staff updates a client’s regimen so that a treatment remains effective in soothing aches or clean pores that are terrified of extractions.
The Smart Tan–certified staff at Hollywood Hills Tanning helps clients to darken skin shades with UV and airbrush tanning services. Sunless tanners kiss the skin according to the carefully controlled stylings of a technician armed with an airbrush. Alternatively, bright UV beams enwrap bodies in bronze as fans cool the skin in one of six tanning beds. Each bed rests in a private room stocked with shelves, hangers, and a stereo, and technicians regularly refresh bulbs to ensure a skin color that would match clients’ bronzed baby scuba flippers.
The friendly staff at Swanky! lull clients' meddling mind matter with a soothing touch paralleled only by the voices of NPR. Chatter drifts between beauty beds and chairs, creating an ambience warmed further by precision, style, and experience.
Arabella Vitall Day Spa's staff cossets clients inside a cozy spa flooded with natural light while pampering cranium carriers and pavement-pounding phalanges. Opt for one of the exfoliating facials to remove dead skin and grocery lists scribbled on foreheads ($89–$120) or one of the back-bolstering massages to banish pernicious kinks and knots ($45–$259). After stuffing a dozen turkeys with fistfuls of sand, hands can be caressed with one of the soothing manicures ($22–$65) and toes can be rejuvenated with a pampering pedicure ($22–$119). With each opulent option, revitalized visitors can enjoy complimentary fresh fruit, tea, and purified water, or further relax in the eucalyptus-steam room or dry sauna.