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Santa Monica Health & Beauty

Establishment neighborhood
Olive & June
1426 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
While you wouldn't normally liken a nail salon to a really great-looking home, that's the prevailing vibe at this perennially-bustling Beverly Hills nail shop. They employ the city's best nail artists when they're not on shoots or catering to clients at home, which means it's kind of the place to go if you want something specific and intricate. While the Beverly Hills location is their original flagship, there are now locations in Santa Monica and Pasadena as well. Photos: Bonnie Tsang.
Shape House
1003 Broadway, Santa Monica
Also known as the sweat lodge, this spot, which boasts a pretty major Hollywood following, is exactly that. Equipped with small, cozy rooms where you get into an infrared bed, the idea is that you sweat it out for 60 minutes at a time, while you watch TV, read, or listen to music. People tend to sign up for memberships and come several times a month (or week) and complement the sessions with lymphatic drainage, which is meant to boost the detox process. There's also a location in Hancock Park, and one in Pasadena.
Surya Spa
700 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
Surya Spa is no joke—in fact, it's one of only a handful of Panchakarma spots in the States (now, up and running at the beautiful Proper Hotel in Santa Monica). That said, it takes a pretty intense level of commitment that's a bit out of reach unless you have the vacation time and budget: It requires three to four hours a day, for three, five, or seven days (we recommend the full week, though it's tough, as you have to abide by the very ascetic menu that they prescribe). The house-made organic food and authentic Panchakarma treatments reach far beyond what you'll find in a traditional wellness spa (people come here for help with parasites, for instance). The results—which can range from better skin to weight loss—speak for themselves. Beyond being a wonderful detox resource, mothers, babies, and mothers-to-be are in for a treat with Surya Spa's special approach to pregnancy and babies' first six weeks.