West Hollywood Health & Beauty
Health & Beauty neighborhood
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.
8910 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
With its art-filled walls, hidden relaxation nooks, and scattered antiques, Benjamin is the kind of chill and totally unpretentious salon you actually want to hang out in, making lengthy color treatments and intricate cuts not just bearable but downright enjoyable. Owner Benjamin Mohapi still trains every member of his staff, so even if you can’t get in with the man himself, a good cut is guaranteed.
8591 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Helmed by friendly and professional make-up artists, a full-face at this all-pink spot is just $40. They also offer other services like facial waxing, lash and brow tinting, lash extensions, and more. The VIP room in the back is perfect to rent out for a bridal party or special occasion.
8701 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
Don't expect soft music and a gentle massage. Taking a more clinical approach to facials than a typical spa, the space is stark and clean, and the staff really knows what they're doing. The signature facial combines a round of extractions with a galvanizing treatment which promises to tighten and rejuvenate skin tissue. They also offer some pretty effective peels. There are also locations in New York City and London (Holburn and Marylebone).
606 Westmount Dr., West Hollywood
With the success of its first location in Tokyo, Mars opened this branch in West Hollywood to provide the same exquisite nail service. Though you can get just a regular mani/pedi, the raison d'être is the inventive Japanese nail art, set with gel so as not to damage your own nails. Each private room comes complete with a flat-screen TV, large leather chair, and headphones. With prices to match. Waxing services are also available.
Stark Waxing Studio
8701 Santa Monica Blvd. (@ Face Place), West Hollywood
These aptly-named salons are pleasantly airy, modern and minimal, and give awesome Brazilian waxes. Their high-quality blue and cream wax, imported from France, is great for sensitive skin. They also offer eyebrow shaping and any wax you can imagine, from nostrils to stomach, for women and men alike. There's another location in Silver Lake.
8317 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood
StretchLab was founded on a novel idea that’s also somewhat of a no-brainer: stretching is really good for you, assisted stretching is even better, and you shouldn’t have to book a physical therapist to make it happen. Here, the lab’s talented “flexologists” (a team comprised of personal trainers, massage therapists, and yoga instructors) stretch you while you lie on a raised platform, and getting a routine personalized stretch before or after a workout—or anytime, really—is super convenient and simple. You can opt for sessions that last anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour; monthly packages and memberships are available, too. They have two additional locations: the original on Rose, and another in Santa Monica on Montana.
7611 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood
By way of a serene neutral interior—complete with cactus plants and lots of driftwood—this massage spa aims to recreate a little piece of Tulum in the center of Los Angeles. They're also open until 10pm, catering to a crowd that can't always break away during the day for some spa time. The best part, however, is the pricing: $35 gets you a 25-minute massage ($85 for 85 minutes). While you can book an appointment through their site or app, they also allow walk-ins. The original location is in West Hollywood, with another in Santa Monica.
8452 Melrose Pl., West Hollywood
We've been checking in on Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey's lushly-appointed beauty site, Violet Grey, since it launched last year, but now we're reaching for our wallets. They've just turned it into an e-commerce play, and lined its virtual shelves with cherry-picked products from the best brands (you won't find anything here that makeup artists don't keep in their kits). Perhaps more excitedly, they've now opened a bricks-and-mortar outpost on Melrose Place, marked by a slick, lipstick red door, where you can get a really great makeup application.
875 Westbourne Dr., West Hollywood
Laser treatments are one of those rare things where the splashiness of the spa really has no bearing on the results. While Weho Laser is pretty bare bones, the services are excellent. Ask for the owner, DeeAnna.
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