Too often when you go to the big chain spas you’re disappointed. The staff are often undertrained and the treatments are always overpriced. On the other end of the spectrum there are the uber cheap massage places, which are a lesson in “you get what you pay for.” Wondering where to find the best treatments and dollar value? Try these smaller, locally owned salons and spas. Here’s a sampling of great shops around town.
762 Washington Blvd
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Saving Faces is a Dermologica salon that provides facials, waxing, massage, air brush tanning, hair, and lash extensions. They have traveled the world from Istanbul to Costa Rica in search of advanced skin care therapies and techniques and incorporate holistic and scientific practices in their treatments.
2041 Westwood Blvd.
Westwood, CA 90025
Beba Beauty provides facials, waxing, body treatments, eyelash extensions, and make-up services. They also have a boutique with clothing and accessories. Their goal is to have you leave feeling rewarded and relaxed, whether you’ve had a treatment or just shopped the boutique.
656 North Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90069
Is your face blotchy and peeling because you’ve fallen victim to a bad treatment somewhere? Kinara, which means “on the edge” in Hindi, will fix it for you, using their own custom skin-care line. They provide facials, waxing, massage, hair and nail treatments.
Le Petite Retreat Day Spa
331 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90004
Le Petite retreat Day Spa in lovely Larchmont Village provides facials, massages, waxing, and eye lash extension. Coming with a friend or a lover? They also offer facials and massages as same-room couple’s treatments in either indoor or outdoor environs.
Plush Beauty Bar for Moms
7879 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Plush Beauty Bar for Moms is a nail and waxing salon that provides mothers of babies and small children with high-quality services in a child-friendly environment. Their polish is low fume, with low toxicity. Their treatments are fast but high quality. All this with a play area, too.
Elise Crane Derby blogs about arts and entertainment at Elise’s Ramblings.