Hollywood & Fine: LA-LA Land’s Newest Beauty Addresses-------
L.A. has long been an enclave for beauty, with its storied movie lots serving up screenstar-caliber primping and priming (and its scalpel-wielding doctors performing all manner of nipping and tucking). But the City of Angels has recently put itself on the map as a destination for new, improved services that meld luxury and convenience. With Drybar and the just-opened Blushington leading the charge, outposts for the latest advances in pampering are popping up all over 90210. Here, our top three new recruits.
The Nail Bar
The Beverly Wilshire—which Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s characters called home in Pretty Woman—is known for its well-earned stench of old Hollywood glamour. But the hotel’s latest addition is hardly a throwback. At the newly opened Nail Bar, guests peruse magazines on sleek iPads and nibble on small plates of beef tataki while aestheticians lacquer tips with polishes from Essie, Chanel, Butter London, and CND’s instant-drying, chip-free Shellac gel-polish crossover. To add to the experience, Champagne is served on a shaded deck with fire pit and cushy flip-flops replace disposable foam thongs so you can properly pad through the intimate white and silver space.
From $50, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 385-7023, www.fourseasons.com.
A Taste of Beauty
The Beverly Wilshire has another big beauty debut up its sleeve that should appeal to the beauty-inclined foodies of the world. Concocted by the founders of Natura Bisse in collaboration with chef Gilles Azur, the Barcelona-based skincare brand’s evening-long culinary and beauty fusion adventure stimulates the senses with a 90-minute facial treatment, replete with a CO2/oxygen infusion, and a curated dinner served on a new private roof deck overlooking Rodeo Drive. A Bluetooth-wearing concierge—aided by personal waiters for each guest—walks you and a group of friends through courses that recall ingredients used during the spa service, like the Black Magic Croquettes, which nod to the treatment’s black mud and diamond scrub.
From $1,500 per person, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 385-7023, www.fourseasons.com.
Rossano Ferretti Hair Spa
Just blocks away from Wilshire Boulevard on Canon Drive, renowned Italian coiffeur Rossano Ferretti has opened his first L.A. salon, designed to feel like “a friend’s apartment.” Signature METODO-style haircuts and Shu Uemura and Kérastase conditioning treatments are performed both in the main room and upstairs, in the hush-hush Privé space, which encompasses three rooms divided by velvet curtains. L’Oréal color is the main event here, though—as is the “color table,” a long seating area outfitted with iPod docking stations, outlets for laptops, and obligatory gossip magazines so you can wait out those highlighting foils in peace—and with a glass of Ferretti’s favorite Lambrusco from Parma in hand.
345 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 598-6780.