Beets and sugar cane. The crew at Blink Studio bronzes bodies using a variety of natural solutions concocted with these ingredients, and it lasts 7 to 10 days with proper maintenance. They leverage their combined expertise to highlight clients' natural beauty. Blink Studio is home to a number highly specialized stylists including graduates of the Academy of Beauty in Culver City, certified estheticians and lash-extension specialists, and custom airbrush-tanning artists. Estheticians detail faces and bodies with waxing as well as brow and lash tinting and eyelash extensions. They also lengthen lashes with individual mink extensions.
In his early days as a massage therapist, Sean Struxness was struck by the stark contrasts in quality between high-end and low-end spas, noticing a large gap between the two. He founded The Massage Spot to fill that gap, partly because he no longer wanted to mow the gap's out-of-control grass. Though it forgoes the locker rooms and showers that full day spas may offer, Struxness's mini day spa doesn't skimp on the tranquil atmosphere, as it features flickering candles, soothing music, and a relaxing zen area. The service menu isn't lacking, either; The Massage Spot's team of professionals performs haircuts and deep conditionings, nine types of facials, spa pedicures with aromatherapy soaks, and Western and Eastern styles of massage therapy.
A bright yellow accent wall lends a sunny feel to Sugar Rays' all-white interior—as does the fact that many customers emerge with fresh tans. Their tans are sunless, however; a product of the salon's organic sugar cane spray tan formula. Imbued with aloe and vitamin E, it nourishes skin while leaving behind a natural, even glow. The salon complements these organic tans with eco-friendly services, from waterless pedicures to nails imprinted with 1,000-word essays on the benefits of hugging a tree.
UV light from five levels of tanning booths and beds sets all-white interiors aglow at Total Tan's two locations in West Hollywood and Marina Del Rey. Designed by upscale brands such as Ergoline and Matrix, each bronzing chamber cossets clients with amenities including voice-guided operated controls, music, and cooling fans that pump air directly from Total Tan's sister salon in the Antarctic. Patrons can enhance sessions with lotions from brands such as California Tan and Australian Gold.
Alternatively, custom airbrush spray tans evenly coat skin with Infinity Sun solution, whose cocktail of DHA and pure botanicals leaves bodies bronzed for up to 10 days. Inside Total Tan's cellulite bike chamber, infrared lights work to smooth cellulite problem areas as the client pedals a stationary bike at 75% maximum heart rate in an attempt to escape the nearby stationary rottweiler.
Bronze Buns Tanning Salon opens its doors seven days a week so pallid bodies can bronze. Patrons can take catnaps atop tanning beds while their skin darkens ever so slightly. Custom Spray Soleil and Mystic tans imbue guests with a golden hue without the harmful effects of UV rays.