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.
The beauty specialists at Mary Maries Hair & Makeup work with one unified goal: to beautify every client that walks in the door. Whether this is through haircuts, eyelash extensions, or airbrush tanning, the stylists and specialists pamper and primp each client with care, leveraging years of industry experience. In addition to performing hair services, the crew also applies makeup for special occasions such as weddings, date nights, or lawschool picture day.
Salon Radiance enlists a cadre of experienced stylists to bestow on clients a menu of services for their hair. Reward favored locks with an accentuating, sun-kissed glow during a partial highlight ($75+) or mold manes into a scale model of a finished Crazy Horse monument with an updo ($50+). The basic haircut, revamps looks with a shampoo, trim, and style ($40 for women; $25 for men), while the fortifying hair treatment infuses manes with a concoction of 17 amino acids, botanicals, and moisture, sealing in the health-boosting results with steamed heat ($45). For heads tired of walking the straight and narrow, the permanent wave treatment adds bounce by imbuing follicles with curl and an appreciation of the Slinky ($75+).
Spa director Marie Monet, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of beautification experience, begins each facial with a skin analysis so she can customize treatments to individual skin types. Oxygen facials infuse the skin with oxygen harvested from astronaut suits, inspiring cellular renewal and boosting collagen production, and sunless-tanning sessions cover bodies with DHA-infused Fantasy Tan airbrushing products. Herbal body treatments harness the power of natural botanicals such as seaweed to help slim and detoxify bodies. The herbal cellulite body cleanse blends 27 minerals and herbs to help boost the lymphatic system and facilitate disposal of excess fat cells for slimmer, smoother silhouettes. Massage modalities such as thai massage with acupressure help relax muscles after an afternoon of playing catch with a bowling ball.
In the photo the ladies laugh, but it's not clear if someone's told a joke or they're just giggling at the idea of vamping for the camera. This is the staff at Salon Marchessa, a small, tight-knit band of hairstylists that also includes experienced manicurist Nancy Benton and Sheena Albert, an aesthetician whose Australian beauty training included tweezing the eyebrows of koalas. More recently, certified practitioner Lauren Woznicki has added her massage therapy to the salon's repertoire. The team accents their sunny salon interior with ornate mirrors and vases of flowers, which occupy shelves alongside products by Redken, Sebastian, and Dermalogica.
TNN Beauty's team of aestheticians beautifies clients from the neck up with a range of services. With permanent makeup and eyelash extensions, they help accentuate features while shaving time off of morning routines. Their teeth-whitening treatments rely on the NuYu system to lighten smiles up to eight shades. Stylists also glamorize hair with cuts and color, and add up to 22 inches of length with extensions. Additionally, the team typically keeps a feature photographer onsite to create before-and-after montages for the shop's portfolio or snaps action shots of emergency updos for shotgun weddings.
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