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.
A recipient of Reader’s Choice honors from the North County Times and the Californian two years in a row, Perfect Tan bronzes bodies with a fleet of ultramodern tanning machines nestled amid the atmospheric glow of its chic interior. Patrons seeking a sunless bronze can opt for premier VersaSpa technology, which imparts a streak-free sheen that won’t streak onto clothes or bear-hug recipients. Clients can opt for a light, medium, or dark luster, and choose between an instantaneous bronze and a “clear” spray that manifests gradually over six hours.
Within the 25-year established Front Street Studios, deft stylist, Paula Sato brandishes the potent Brazilian Blowout formula to iron out waves and tame frizzy manes for up to 3 months. The 90-minute streamlining process kicks off with a quick shampoo and "South Pacific" sing-along before strands slink into a protective coating of the protein-packed serum. Next, the stylist diligently blow-dries and flat-irons locks, before rinsing and glazing a second and third time to marry hair to its new smooth, shiny demeanor and lock-out imminent frizzies. After a final gust of blow-dried air, headscapes receive a stylish pruning to highlight their newfound sleekness. Though heads may remain in their calmer state for up three months, patrons should use suitable aftercare products and avoid Van de Graaf generators for optimal results.
At SoCal Tanning's locations in Fallbrook and Oceanside, experienced staffers guide clients to rooms populated with tanning beds designed to bronze skin quickly. Before treatments, tanning techs can explain the benefits of an 8- or 20-minute bed or the advantages of their legs-only machine, which is ideal for parents who spent a day at the beach buried up to the waist in children's sand creations. They’re also able to educate clients on sunless tanning and help them experience the gilding mist of automated spray-tan booths, such as the Magic Tan and the Mystic Tan HD.
At the Fallbrook location, manicurists lacquer nails with shellac polish that’s formulated to resist chips for up to two weeks, and aestheticians treat skin with facials and waxing treatments. Alternately, Oceanside's staff forces wrinkles and age spots to retreat back down into skin cells with red-light-therapy treatments. In addition, both studios are staffed with a team of stylists that clips and colors tresses.
The tanning experts at Sun Shy Airbrush Tanning help clients develop beach-ready bronze skin with airbrush-applied mists of tanning solution. The staff uses different formulas based on each client's current skin condition and preferred outcome, with solutions designed to cultivate both light, sun-kissed looks and full-bodied, dark tans.