Santa Monica Health & Beauty
Health & Beauty neighborhood
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.
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.
Body Z Alive
1137 2nd St., Ste 205, Santa Monica
Colonics are the specialty at Body Z Alive, but that's not the only thing patients walk out with. Beyond a serious cleanse, it's the nutritional education that owner Lou Walker and Angie provide that makes this one of the top centers in a city for health nuts.
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.
147 Bay St., Santa Monica
Chocolate Sun concocts their own organic tanning sprays, made from herbs, botanicals, and antioxidants. Everyone gets a custom blend, which is then airbrushed on, meaning that the results are subtle and natural. There’s no reception area at the Beverly Hills location: It’s off an unmarked corridor on the second floor—you have to guess where to go unless someone is there to meet you.
2821 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica
Squeezed onto a block of Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica that's very close to bordering West LA, Framed is comparatively way more affordable (and much less of a scene) than many of LA’s top hair salons. If you can, book a cut with co-owner Andi Scarbrough, a renowned stylist and colorist who blends spiritual psychology—incorporating body and energy work, essential oils, crystals, and more—with hair coloring, styling, and treatments.
301 20th St., Suite 350, Santa Monica
With locations in Santa Monica and New York, Dr. Grossman's clinics tend to an impressive stream of clients on both coasts. Here, they specialize in everything from Contour Thread lift 'non-surgical' facials, to Botox, fillers, and laser treatments, to body augmentation techniques such as CoolScultping, which freezes then removes unwanted fat.
Jay Gordon, M.D.
901 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
Helping with a range of children's issues from breastfeeding to development, nutrition, sleep and even parenting issues, Dr. Jay Gordon goes beyond kids' physical health.
1611 Montana Ave., 2nd Floor, Santa Monica
Natasa Bose's philosophy is pretty simple: Overall health and beautiful skin go hand-in-hand. This means that her famous custom-blended facials—a pH balancing and toning facial massage, followed by an oatmeal cranberry, carrot ginger, or egg honey mask—don't just better the skin, but aid in full-body wellbeing, too. As far as more inventive treatments go, there's lymphatic drainage, ultrasound, and facial toning, too.
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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