Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Organic spray tan/i>
Brands Used: Tone Organic
Pro Tip: Shower and exfoliate before your appointment.
In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right?within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services?from foundation checks to express facials?allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.
OrTANic Custom Airbrush UltraLounge's team of lash technicians, airbrush artists, and advanced makeup specialists bring 15 years of expertise to help clients look and feel their best. The team works to produce the most realistic tan possible by employing its ecocertified organic solution, the result of years of research by the lounge's chemists. Tailored tans can be applied to whole bodies or to the face or half the body only. Technicians can even specialize tans for body-contouring or cosmetic purposes. An offering of eyelash extensions, customized by length, thickness, and curl, is applied by lash artists, and makeup services are available to complement skins glowing with golden hues.
Sunsations offers a wide breadth of tanning options, including traditional beds, standup tanning, and spray booths. The Mystic spray tan outwits the sun by bronzing human statues without exposing them to UV rays. Silver level tans give a range of solar-powered options, such as the Suncapsule, 12 minutes in a stand-up booth at 7,000 watts, and the Orion, which tracks down 15 minutes of tanning with three facials at 5,000 watts (only available at Norwalk location). Tanning neophytes can ask the friendly staff at Sunsations what type of tanning bed and lotion are the right fits for their skin types. Dogs must be 192 years old to enjoy Sunsations, while humans only need to be 16.