When Katy Perry sings about California girls living "where the grass is really greener," I'm sure she must be referring to the fact that you can get a mani/pedi, facial or blowout sitting under the Cali sun, shaded by a cabana or large umbrella. Here are a few of my favorite places where you can groom with a view:
Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic
9975 Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
The renowned skincare expert has opened up the roof space of her Beverly Hills building, where clients can now get her signature manicures, pedicures and the new Apple Stem Cell Facial (which takes years off your face from too much time without SPF!). All services come with a supplement-infused smoothie and an organic lunch menu is available upon request.
The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa by La Prairie 9641 Sunset Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90210 310-887-2505
I love going to the legendary Pink Palace--no matter how tacky elements of L.A. can be, this famed outpost has managed to eschew it all and live up to its standard as the city's most glamorous hideaway. Of course nothing less than the most elegant product line would be associated with the famed hotel on Sunset Blvd., and the La Prairie Spa offers pampering to the nines in one of the private poolside cabanas. From massages to manis, it's the chicest way to pamper.
3939 Cross Creek Rd.
Malibu, CA 90265
The Malibu Lumberyard is becoming a destination for Angelenos looking for a little getaway from the hustle and bustle. Why not sit outside on a daybed while your deep conditioning mask penetrates your dehydrated hair and enjoy the ocean and Santa Monica mountain views. Plus they serve homemade sangria...'nough said.
Serge Normant at John Frieda 8440 Melrose Place West Hollywood CA 90069 323-653-4040
Want your haircut outside? They'll do it! The salon has a free-standing mirror that can be set up outside for clients who request services taken outdoors, whether it's for the most popular request--the Brazilian Keratin Treatment--or something more basic like a bang trim.
Argyle Salon & Spa
8358 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Sitting in a stuffy salon will seem torturous after you experience your Brazilian blowout in the outside patio space of the Argyle in West Hollywood's ultra-sexy Sunset Towers Hotel. You can also enjoy fresh air while you get a mani/pedi or an evening cabana massage.