Best of the Beach 2019 – Personal Care

Elise Mitchell having fun with hair at Crush in Hermosa Beach. Photo by Aric Congdon

Female Hair Stylist

Elise Mitchell having fun with hair at Crush in Hermosa Beach. Photo by Aric Congdon

Elise Mitchell, Crush Salon

“My clients aren’t just heads in a chair,” Elise Mitchell of Crush Salon said in explaining her popularity. “I do all kinds of hair, from weddings to guys. But I always listen to my clients and that leads to friendships.”

Mitchell moved to Hermosa Beach from Chicago six years ago to be a nanny. But she soon put her hair styling experience to work. She joined Crush several months ago because she liked the atmosphere established by owner Byron Cuellar.

When she’s not working, she’s traveling

“I work to travel,” she said. 

Elise Mitchell – Crush Salon

69 14th St., Hermosa Beach

(310) 341-8792

Runner-up: Branka Ward – Mud Honey Salon

806 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach

(310) 318-5517

Male Hair Stylist

James Carmona – Salon Del Mar

3216 Manhattan Ave., Hermosa Beach

(310) 991-7728

Runner-up: Dan Clement – Deep Pockets Jean Company

200 Pier Ave., #201, Hermosa Beach

(310) 379-5201

Best salon

Nail Garden HB

Our readers lavished praise on Nail Garden for outstanding nail work in an atmosphere of indulgence. Yelp reviewer Noga M of Hermosa Beach summed it up: “By far this is the best nail salon in the South Bay. Everyone is always nice and accommodating.” Vanessa V of Redondo Beach praised meticulous and beautiful work, proving it with her selfie of her nails, adorned with a special-order cherry blossom design for the lunar new year. The salon offers mani-pedi treatments complete with massages for hands and arms or lower legs and feet, cuticle care and moisturizer, and nail prep and polish. Other reasonably priced treatments include exfoliating tangerine sugar scrubs, cooling mint masques, warm towels, hot oil and lotion. There’s a “kids menu” of low-cost mani-pedi treatments as well.

Nail Garden HB

Plaza Hermosa, 1559 Pacific Coast Hwy #105, Hermosa Beach

(310) 374-8777

Runner-up: Coco Nail & Spa

1256 Artesia Blvd., Hermosa Beach

(310) 379-7949

Best day spa, Massage

Trilogy Director Ratna Goravani and Assistant Manager Dana Fitzpatrick in front of the spa’s Metlox Plaza entrance. Photo


Trilogy Spa is an oasis of rest, relaxation and restoration. It offers the latest in Microneedling therapy and CoolSculpting, while also providing traditional standbys like massages and facials. Its storefront offers fashionable clothing and beauty products to help the glow you get while there stays with you when you head home. In stressful times, Trilogy helps its clients remember the importance of treating themselves right. 

Trilogy Day Spa

451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach

(310) 760-0044

Runner-up: Burke Williams

2733 Pacific Coast Hwy., Torrance

(310) 803-5550


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