Artist AJ Whitney powers his tattoo machine with five years of inking experience and a passion for his craft. From his imagination and from photographs supplied by his clients, Whitney has adorned bodies with crisp scrollwork, colorful depictions of animals, and personal symbols of faith.
Revelations Tattoo's clean and welcoming environment dispels perceptions of thuggish tattoo culture, with its sarcastic longshoremen and rebellious warlocks. Whitney embellishes arms, legs, and backs with an emphasis on safety and hygiene, opening a new set of disposable tubes and needles in front of every client.
Mello's Tattoo, Inc accessorizes birthday suits with permanent artwork amid an upscale shop with private tattooing stations. During each appointment, clients will enjoy espresso drinks while discussing tattoo ideas and debating the pronunciation of cerulean with the skin-tinting specialists. The resident artists—who specialize in bold-color tattoos or black-and-gray portraits—will assist clients by drawing original designs and ensuring comfort prior to sessions. As with all custom work, the duration of each tattoo will depend on the design and desired level of detail. A palm-size black-and-gray tattoo can be mounted on bodies in approximately one hour, but full-back vignettes of basketball star Dennis Rodman searching for a pot of oatmeal at the end of a rainbow will require separate consultations and additional appointments.
Nicole has spent the last four years in love with her job as a hairstylist, and it shows. Each workday, she proudly transforms her clients’ visages with new cuts, highlights, updos, and smoothing treatments. When Nicole is not busy cutting and coloring her clients’ hair, she continuously seeks out knowledge on the latest trends, including tape-in hair extensions or styling hair into an actual beehive.
Nikki Langfelder has worked as a hairstylist for almost five years, on top of running a busy Carlsbad salon. At Hot Seat Salon, she puts this experience to good use as she creates eye-catching new looks with haircuts, conditioning treatments, and color treatments.
Salon 1500's dedicated stylists perfect coiffures with an array of salon treatments that use high-quality haircare products from brands such as Bumble and bumble and Eufora. A stylist consults with you and your locks to create the most flattering head curtain and seals in shine with a glossing with deep-conditioning treatment that leaves locks as luminous and hydrated as a sports-drink spokeswoman. After a Bumble blow-dry sets styles, clients can practice poststyling struts in Salon 1500's boutique or confuse other patrons by cat-walking circles around the waiting room's wicker chairs.
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 30 Southern California franchises, each offering a slightly different assortment of teeth whitening, tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and self-serve spa offerings.
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. 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, and self-administered spa treatments dispense relaxing red-light facials, infrared-heat bodywraps, and aqua massages.