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.
Ginger Drobrack maximizes “me” time with dual licenses in aesthetics and massage therapy. Each of her facials, hot-stone massages, and Brazilian waxes emphasize a client-focused approached; she customizes each treatment to the client’s needs and skin type. Additionally, she maintains the tranquil atmosphere of her studio with strict policies barring active children, noisy electronic devices, and anthropomorphic tanks.
When Andrea Kane first opened her massage practice she was doling out deep-tissue massages to athletes and chronic-pain sufferers from inside her own home. Today, her business has grown, expanding to a service menu that now includes Andrea's other specialties including chemical peels, waxing, and sugaring treatments. A natural alternative to waxing, sugaring is gentle enough for all skin types, and, unlike some salons that reserve the service only for women, Andrea will gladly book hair-removal treatments for men or lifelike mannequins.
Malahini Day Spa uses everything from aromatherapy to papaya to ensure each customer looks like they’re time traveling during signature facials. During the photorejuvenation time-machine treatment, a mask aims to boost collagen production by 50%, firming skin and reducing melanin production to create the illusion of younger skin. Along with facials and microdermabrasion treatments, the spa's skilled staff also performs soothing massages, body wraps, and waxing services.
Soft light pours into French Twist Salon, where brown pebbled-leather chairs, gilded mirrors, and exposed pipes lend an old-timey feel. But while the decor harks back to another era, the treatments and cache of hair products remain decidedly current. Owner Carole guides her team of stylists as they steal away frizz with Brazilian blowouts and glossing treatments or add color and dimension with highlights. Elsewhere in the salon, stylists perform waxing services and enhance features with makeup applications or three different kinds of eyelash extensions—day, night, or 24 hours of daylight. Carole doubles as a seasoned manicurist who delivers long-lasting shine with Shellac gel polish.
The experienced stylists at Inga Bezio salon pull from a menu of salon services to refine, shape, and color hair. During haircuts, follicle technicians wield Bumble and bumble products to remove scalp pollution and condition couch-potato locks. Scissors then navigate through strands to snip split ends and rogue dust mops, before a blow-dry and style sets hair in the desired ’do. Head-turners can opt to add a punch of color or perform TKOs with partial or full highlights, both courtesy of Joico products.