From the walls that enclose Zena Day Spa's 6,000-square-foot space, one can almost feel sun seeping from the great, rough-hewn stone blocks and murals influenced by the ancient Egyptians. Intricately woven gold speckled with authenticity-testing bite marks trims Victorian-style couches, upon which clients nip at complimentary beverages. Extremities wrapped around warm mugs or wading through luxurious carpet prepare for dips in oil, paraffin, and a warm lotion or cooling gel infused with sea salt, and beautifiers overhaul hair, nails, skin and bodies with opulent spa and salon treatments.
Organic, semipermanent makeup accentuates facial features, and bold brushstrokes paint exotic scenes behind pedicure chairs and above gleaming marble countertops. The scent of potted lilies rides waves of eucalyptus-infused steam past the strawberry-blond wooden slats that border a sauna. The spa's private showers are ideal for relaxing cleanup or tearful regrets about taking cotton candy in the shower.
Laka Manicure Express is one of only six Laka franchises in the entire United States, specializing in express manicures. Located within the Westfield Culver City mall, the salon invites patrons into its open, bar-like space, where nail technicians cater to busy women by performing 15-minute express manicures that culminate in more than 150 fashionable shades of polish.
An off-shoot of BE Beverly Hills—a company dedicated to eco-friendly beauty products—Blowlux shapes clients' hairstyles, nails, and faces under BE's guiding principle: making clients feel beautiful with all-natural, luxurious cosmetic services. Garnering the approval of such high-profile outlets as O magazine and Glamour, BE Beverly Hills and Blowlux focus on professional-level blowouts that achieve a variety of looks, from rolling waves to straight, smooth locks. Within the salon's purple-accented walls and dazzling white interior, aestheticians also indulge hands and feet with mani-pedis and highlight faces with makeup, creating visages more artfully composed than the Mona Lisa with the distracting dragon tattoo over her left eye.
Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, Bo Balsim Salon is a full-service salon that provides an elegant respite where clients go to relax and enhance their hair, skin, and nails. Within the salon, technicians also trim cuticles, buff nails, and decorate fingers and toes with polish. Nearby, specialists trim and color hair, perform facials, and wax away unwanted fuzz.
Like many young socialites in LA, sisters Ramona and Sharona found their calendars filling up every weekend with parties, weddings, and other events. The two knew they needed a more efficient way to get ready for these special occasions, so they came up with an idea for a salon where clients could get their hair, makeup, and nails done in less than one hour. They called the concept a beauty express bar and named the salon Style Bar BH.
The stylists at Style Bar BH use OPI, Bumble and bumble, and other high-end products in each service. To streamline the process, they often work in pairs of two or three. Inside the sleek, black and white salon, light from crystal chandeliers reflects off jeweled mirrors, which can be used in a pinch to distract a stampeding bull.