In 2001, the first iTan Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal—to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 20 branches around San Diego, each offering a slightly different assortment of tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and mechanical spa services.
The Smart Tan–certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure and the need to wear a beekeeper suit to detract from a burn. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays or tan crayons, and mechanical spa machines dispense relaxing red-light treatments, infrared-energy body wraps, and aqua massages.
With acute awareness of the physical, aesthetic, and energetic changes that accompany aging, the staff of EC Medical Group aims to reunite clients with their younger selves. HCG injections work in tandem with low-calorie diets custom-built for each client, helping to dissolve weight gained from slowed metabolism. Medical aesthetic treatments employ modern technologies that range from microdermabrasion and dermal fillers to lasers that diminish age spots and glide over hickeys without judgment. EC's trained technicians address internal fluctuations as well, performing extensive medical consultations in order to design regimens of natural hormone-replacement therapy.
At Spa 33, each staff member plays a specific role in the spa’s healing and beautifying disciplines, from custom massages to aesthetics and makeup application. Clients in need of a massage can match their needs with one of four massage therapists, all of whom are identified on the website by their general degree of massage pressure on a scale of 1–10. Using this scale, clients can seek out a therapist who can offer a gliding, gentle massage or one who breaks up muscle knots and tendons in mid-clash. In addition to massages, complexion-beautifying spa services draw from ingredients known to have healing properties, such as pumpkin and European roses. The spa offers extended hours on Thursday and Friday, and appointments can be booked online.
In the colorful, light-filled rooms of Gracy Elements Spa, San Diego Lashes’ specialized aestheticians have perfected one craft: creating long, full lashes with synthetic eyelash extensions. Lashes come in a variety of lengths, thicknesses, materials, and shapes, including the natural J curl, dramatic C curl, and intimidating Z curl for predatory butterfly kisses. During the 1.5- to 2-hour application, the lash artist uses a special adhesive to forge a molecular bond between each falsie and the natural lash, creating a durable hold that helps extensions stay in place for the entirety of the lash's life cycle.
The second her clients walk through the door, Ana strives to give them the most relaxing experience possible by delivering meticulously preformed nail services with a personal and friendly approach. Her manicures and pedicures are executed with some of the industry's most popular products, such as OPI nail polish and CND Shellac's long-wearing gel-formula lacquer. Patrons on the go can beautify their tips with Ana's basic mani-pedi, which includes nail shaping, a light massage, and polish. More leisurely clients or retired vacuum salesmen can indulge in a more extravagant treatment, such as hot-stone massage therapy, a moisturizing foot mask, or a refreshing scrub.
Shear Envy's hip, full-service hair boutique beautifies patrons from head to freshly polished toes with an array of hair, skin, and body services. The contemporary space envelops clients in cool, aqua hues and modern amenities, including a state-of-the art color bar where hair wizards concoct custom color for vibrant new 'dos. The ever-training stylists tend to split ends and abandoned bird's nests with dry cutting, razor cutting, and classic precision cutting. Other spa-inspired services include vivifying facials, pampering pedicures and manicures, and swiftly administered waxing treatments.