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.
Upon walking through the drapes that frame Bella Sareena’s entrance, visitors might feel as though they’ve wandered into a Moroccan parlor. Under the glow of a colorful lantern sits a table strewn with makeup and colorful pottery. Beyond that, a banquette cushioned with colorful throw pillows stretches beneath a triptych of arced mirrors. Here, patrons await treatments selected from a service menu that blends Old World rituals with modern beauty techniques. In one room, instructors lead belly dance classes that shimmy in time with the jingling coined sashes tied around their students’ waists; in another, aestheticians who speak four different languages administer Nuface facials that stimulate collagen production with electrical currents. Before or after treatments or classes, guests can sip on beverages in the Moroccan tea room as they surf the complimentary WiFi for help translating the message formed by the tea leaves in the bottom of their cups.
Loraine-Dale Hall had packed away more than a decade of experience and numerous awards as an aesthetician and cosmetic tattoo artist before she created spaViolet, a beauty haven bent on having fun while maintaining a no-nonsense approach to skincare. The freewheeling revelry visitors experience has led the spa to devise a list of house rules, which include tongue-in-cheek warnings to refrain from karaoke in the eucalyptus steam room and foam parties in the six-head Vichy shower. The spa's signature violet hue anoints every inch of the cottage-inspired space, where extra embellishments of potted flowers and pastel pillows lure clients in for a soothing escape. In this beauty-centered retreat, Hall helms a team of skin specialists whose skills have landed them on the glossy pages of 944 Magazine and a victory in a face-off against a chain spa conducted by San Diego Magazine. The menu also packs in body scrubs, lash and brow tinting, nail services, and happy-hour waxing, which grants discounts every Thursday and Friday afternoon. Clients can further enjoy their spa experience with complimentary almonds, brownies, tea, and wine, which keep bored tongues from licking off newly applied skin serums when the staff isn't looking.
Dubbed the “pale skin fighters,” Sunless Revolution’s tanning technicians bronze their clients through UV-free methods performed in their industrial-style salon or on the road. With top automated misting booths such as Mystic HD and VersaSpa, customers can stop in for quick self-service tans that offer perks such as a pH-balancing spray. Alternatively, airbrush tans applied by hand give human canvases a custom glow.
Brushed by Sabrina grooms clients with a broad swath of salon treatments and tanning options. Haircuts for men, women, and children can be paired with highlights or color and styling from Paul Mitchell-trained stylists. Airbrush spray tans give bodies a beach-ready bronze glow either in the studio or on-location at clients' homes.
PETA approves of a tan-line-free complexion. It also approves of the vegan formulation that makes organic Sjolie sunless-tanning solutions, which is Sunburst Airbrush Tanning’s cornerstone product. Sunburst Airbrush Tanning’s staff uses the liquid sunshine for mobile and in-house airbrush tans to ensure clients can easily squeeze a tan into their schedules and never have to spend a week sallow-complexioned. The boutique tanning salon, nestled in Ocean Beach, staffs a team of spray-tan artists who each boast at least five years of experience that allows them to effortlessly sculpt and customize each tan with a compressor and airbrush system. Sessions average about 20 minutes to prepare, apply, and dry. The natural-looking, streak-free glow can last up to 10 days. Clients can choose to wear a bathing suit, go in their birthday suit from three years ago, or sport a pair of Sunburst Airbrush Tanning's disposable underwear.