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Santa Monica Health & Beauty

Health & Beauty neighborhood
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.
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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.
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BoxUnion
1755 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica
Just around the corner from Shutters on Ocean Ave., this boxing studio is anything but traditional—in fact, everything here is aesthetically pleasing, if not rather tranquil—from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the entryway to the light blonde wood throughout. The high-energy classes—set to the some seriously good hip-hop anthems—are designed to put a boxing novice at ease, although you’ll notice classes are filled with people who box like seasoned pros, too. If you can, sign up for a class with Deja Riley, who is seriously #goals.
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Olive & June
1426 Montana Ave., Sant 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.
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