In his early days as a massage therapist, Sean Struxness was struck by the stark contrasts in quality between high-end and low-end spas, noticing a large gap between the two. He founded The Massage Spot to fill that gap, partly because he no longer wanted to mow the gap's out-of-control grass. Though it forgoes the locker rooms and showers that full day spas may offer, Struxness's mini day spa doesn't skimp on the tranquil atmosphere, as it features flickering candles, soothing music, and a relaxing zen area. The service menu isn't lacking, either; The Massage Spot's team of professionals performs haircuts and deep conditionings, nine types of facials, spa pedicures with aromatherapy soaks, and Western and Eastern styles of massage therapy.
A bright yellow accent wall lends a sunny feel to Sugar Rays' all-white interior—as does the fact that many customers emerge with fresh tans. Their tans are sunless, however; a product of the salon's organic sugar cane spray tan formula. Imbued with aloe and vitamin E, it nourishes skin while leaving behind a natural, even glow. The salon complements these organic tans with eco-friendly services, from waterless pedicures to nails imprinted with 1,000-word essays on the benefits of hugging a tree.
RejuveNation Body Wraps helps clients achieve beach-ready physiques with contouring body treatments and tanning services. Amid their space’s warm chocolate- and tangerine-hued walls, staffers pamper clients with herbal-infused wraps, designed to tone skin and gradually diminish cellulite and stretch marks leftover from weight gain or swallowing watermelons whole. Tanning experts then create bronzed masterpieces in the tanning booth, or direct clients to the salon’s own line of cleansers and firming lotions that they can use at home.
Beets and sugar cane. The crew at Blink Studio bronzes bodies using a variety of natural solutions concocted with these ingredients, and it lasts 7 to 10 days with proper maintenance. They leverage their combined expertise to highlight clients' natural beauty. Blink Studio is home to a number highly specialized stylists including graduates of the Academy of Beauty in Culver City, certified estheticians and lash-extension specialists, and custom airbrush-tanning artists. Estheticians detail faces and bodies with waxing as well as brow and lash tinting and eyelash extensions. They also lengthen lashes with individual mink extensions.