Beverly Hills Health & Beauty
Dr. Nigma Talib at the Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills
300 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills
Naturopathic doctor Nigma Talib is something of a legend, and for good reason. A session with her starts with face mapping, where she takes a long look at your skin to discover what’s happening within (dairy-, wine-, and sugar-face are all common diagnoses). She uses blood tests, stool samples, and a deep but gentle line of questioning to get at underlying issues before she works her magic. You’ll walk out of the treatment room looking fresh and renewed but note that these are no ordinary facials or one-off treatments. Dr. Talib gives each of her patients “homework” —lifestyle and dietary changes to make and maintain for long-term healthy, beautiful skin.
9001 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
We go here for gua sha treatments (an ancient massage technique in which a rose quartz tool is smoothed across the face for brightening, smoothing effects), microneedling, facial cupping, microdermabrasion, and more. The mother of all treatments, though, is the Transformational Facial Ceremony, two hours of skin-energizing, pore-refining, high-vibrational bliss. You start off lying on a healing infrared-heated BioMat embedded with amethyst crystals. Then comes a triple microexfoliation session, followed by LED light therapy, nourishing serums, and ointments galore, topped off with a thirty-minute chakra healing treatment.
Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic
9975 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
Legendary aesthetician Sonya Dakar’s famously firm touch (she uses more than a little elbow grease) is in full force at her gorgeous five-story clinic. Her team of aestheticians are masters at restoring balance to even the most finicky complexions with a menu of phytic acid peels (derived from legumes, phytic acid is packed with antioxidants), healing infrared therapies, and more. The Total Lift facial is especially fantastic: Radiofrequency heats collagen fibers for an awesome tightening effect. Post-facial, there’s nothing better than hanging out on the clinic’s roof deck overlooking Beverly Hills while sipping one of the protein smoothies.
333½ S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills
Kids are tiny balls of energy. Yoga burns energy. Put the two together and you have Shorty Yoga. Picking the right class is blessedly easy. There are three: one for preschoolers, one for elementary-school-aged kids and up, and one called Mamastay, for the under-two set and their caretakers. The space is cute but not cutesy, meaning that you won’t mind hanging out while your child is busy learning simple positions, dancing, and letting loose. (La Colombe coffee and free Wi-Fi also help.)
9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
Acupuncturist Mona Dan runs her own spa in Beverly Hills, and has recently opened a second location in West Hollywood. You can see her for a single acupuncture session or buy a pack of five or ten sessions. Clients also come to Vie Healing for bodywork—massage, cupping, Reiki—and the rejuvenating variations of peels and facials. You can also sometimes catch intuitive energy healer and Reiki master Kelsey Patel if she’s in town.
Four Seasons Hotel, 300 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills
Not your run-of-the-mill intuitive, certified herbalist Deganit Nuur uses acupuncture, essential oils, and cupping to open the meridians before every reading, which means that sessions are restorative on multiple levels. Her readings are spot-on—and you might not see it coming. Nuur’s personality is so easygoing and bubbly, it at first feels like you’re settling in for a light chat. But when she starts channeling, it’s ka-pow. These days, it's easier to book Nuur for a virtual session than in-person, but if you're regularly in NYC or in LA, a session with Nuur at either of her Four Seasons' practices is life-changing.
9278 Civic Center Dr., Beverly Hills
It can take years of trial and error to find a go-to spot for cuts, facials, brows, and makeup, so finding a salon that offers all four is kind of like hitting the beauty jackpot. Striiike in Beverly Hills is owned by a trio of sisters—Kristie, Ashley, and Jenn Streicher. Each has a specific beauty talent: Kristie (aka The Eyebrow Whisperer) has a cult following thanks to her famous feathered-brow technique, Ashley is a hairstyling genius, and Jenn is an incredible makeup artist. Striiike is also one of the best under-the-radar spots for facials, thanks to resident aesthetician Melanie Simon. Her two-hour Physics Facial tones and repairs skin with low-frequency electric current and sleight of hand that leaves you unfathomably radiant for days afterward. In a rush? The fifteen-minute Lightning Striiike brings all three sisters together for a quickie mini makeover.
141 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
Tomoko in Beverly Hills is a transformative experience from the moment you walk through the door, where it’s likely Tomoko herself who will hand you a pair of slippers before leading you into the traditionally minimalist, Japanese-style pretreatment relaxation area for tea, the first of many pots they’ll brew for you. There’s no communal changing area or locker rooms, as each of the four treatment rooms is set up with all the amenities of a luxury hotel room (shower, closet, bath, vanity, etc.). A single treatment can take up to four hours with all the trimmings—starting with a foot soak and reflexology massage and ending with post-massage herbal tea and mochi ice cream. Photo credits: Tessa Neustadt; @beverlyhoodrich, @kylewaldrop
Yoshi Hair Studio
243 Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills
Originally from Japan, Yoshi has been cutting hair in LA for years—and it shows. Whether you're just looking for a trim or to totally change your style, this is a good place to go.
Spa Montage Beverly Hills
225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills
From prenatal massages to really good facials, the Montage is one of those luxe hotel spots that pulls no punches when it comes to pampering. The prices match the level of service, making this a destination for a special occasion—the lounges are great, too, so book an appointment for a time when you can stick around. (Plus Bouley Bakery is just across the courtyard.)
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