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Alexandra Wagner
1636 Abbot Kinney, Venice
Perched up above Abbot Kinney, this white-washed space feels more like a tree house than a spa. Wagner, who also moonlights as a painter, is chill and wonderful, meaning that an hour spent with her skilled hands is kind of like hanging with a friend. A recovering tanning junkie herself, Wagner is nothing short of a magician when it comes to banishing sunspots and UV damage. Product-wise, the focus here is on holistic and organic lines, supplemented by her own turmeric and plant stem cell serum.
Andi Scarbrough
2821 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica
Sure she can give you a haircut and highlights, but Andi Scarbrough's real gift is in her energy work, specifically a combination of intuition, Reiki, and hands-on healing which is part of her Crown Works treatment. In short, she sits you in her chair for a chat (here she explains why hair stylists are uniquely prepared for energy work), hands you a crystal, and then uses her hands, essential oils, tuning forks, and a special rose quartz comb to shift your mood. The treatment is subtle, but magical, and worth it even if you're not in the mood for a cut.
Angie Banicki
While you'll frequently find Angie on the Hollywood party circuit—she can do lightning readings of 5-10 minutes making her great for events—she also does more intensive one-on-one Tarot sessions. Using a variety of decks and a deep understanding of numerology, Angie can tap into bigger questions around purpose, career, and love to furnish guidance and direction. Her cards are spot-on, and even when she asks, and asks again, they don't tend to deviate in their message. A former PR/marketing exec, Angie herself is light and bubbly, which means that even harder readings are served up gently.
Ava M.D.
2021 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica
Ava Shamban, M.D. (or, as her patients call her, Dr. Ava) is one of the most well-regarded dermatologists in the entertainment world. She's a regular on The Doctors, and the trusted skin guru for Extreme Makeover. Her practice is staffed with a team of accomplished dermatologists and Physician Assistants, who are all skilled in facials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. There are also super hardcore options like cosmetic lasers, botox injections, and extensive acne treatment programs—this spot is not a spa, it's the sort of place where they really clean out your pores. There's also a location in Beverly Hills.
Ava M.D.
9915 S. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills
Ava Shamban, M.D. (or, as her patients call her, Dr. Ava) is one of the most well-regarded dermatologists in the entertainment world. She's a regular on The Doctors, and the trusted skin guru for Extreme Makeover. Her practice is staffed with a team of accomplished dermatologists and Physician Assistants, who are all skilled in facials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. There are also super hardcore options like cosmetic lasers, botox injections, and extensive acne treatment programs—this spot is not a spa, it's the sort of place where they really clean out your pores. There's also a location in Santa Monica.
Base Coat Fairfax
830 N Fairfax #3, West Hollywood
Base Coat is the latest in a crop of non-toxic nail salons to hit the west coast market (their first location was in Denver's LoHi) and they're settling into their California digs quite nicely. Their jewel box-sized WeHo location is swathed in banana-leaf printed wallpaper—a nod to the nearby Beverly Hills Hotel—has a neon sign at the entrance that reads, "Treat Yo Self." Manis and pedis are done using their in-house line of 8-Free polishes or 10-Free gels—and treatments are finished with a deep moisturizing oil treatment, which leaves your hands and feet feeling seriously supersoft the rest of the day.
Be Hive of Healing
5017 Lewis Rd., Agoura Hills
The Be Hive of Healing employs a mix of conventional and alternative medicine to achieve the ultimate goal of restoring the body's natural equilibrium—often by removing the body's dependence on artificial substances or medications. Dr. Habib Sadeghi achieves this through a number of methods, from integrative bioregulatory medicine (iBm), a practice that identifies imbalances in the body that lead to illness or as he calls it "dis-ease," to prolotherapy, a natural treatment for inflammation. Dr. Sadeghi heals with essential oils, plants, and more.
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