With dozens of locations sprinkled around the sunshine state, California Sun makes it easy for tanners to bronze without fear of sunburn. As sunless bathers daydream within two levels of Ergoline beds, melanin rises to the skin's surface at the beck and call of a high-pressure cooling system or adjustable face tanners, leaving bodies with a golden glow in just 10–12 minutes. For those who prefer the misty kiss of a sunless spray tan, formulas by VersaSpa, Mystic Tan, or Norvell grace guests with new shades that can last from four to seven days and won't leave skin looking unnaturally orange or supernaturally blue.
For more than 20 years, the certified staffers at California Tan have added pop to pigment within an office basking under the West Coast sunshine. In addition to offering 12 beds with four levels of tanning, they can design custom tanning plans that gradually build up a richer complexion over time. To augment the warm glow of the bed lights, they provide lotions by Designer Skin, California Tan, and Australian Gold. They also house a UV-free VersaSpa spray-tanning booth, which evenly slicks standing bodies with a deluxe bronzing potion. To complete the day-on-the-beach feeling, they lead guests to their SpaCapsule dry aqua massager that kneads newly tanned backs using 28 water jets. In addition to tanning and massage services, they carry swimwear, including two-piece bathing suits, perfect for beach outings or informal State of the Union addresses. They also stock their shelves with vitamins and dietary supplements to ensure the inside of the body is as attractive as the outside is.
"I want to make this world beautiful, inside and out," says Courtney Hurley, owner of Ravished Beauties. She strives toward this goal armed with lipsticks, blushes, and eyelash extensions, primping brides-to-be, models, and the doppelgangers that live inside mirrors. At Ravished Beauties, she teaches aspiring makeup artists the tricks of the trade and oversees a team of stylists and aestheticians who prettify clients hair and nails in addition to their skin, grooming guests with individual salon services as well as pampering packages.
With luster-inducing Redken hair products and personalized professionalism, Stephanie at Essence Salon and Spa polishes mops. A ladies’ cut commences with a complimentary consultation, during which Stephanie and a style-seeker determine potential 'dos and take cranial measurements for any desired antlers. A gentle wash leaves scalps and locks refreshed before precise strand snipping restores mane vitality and implements an inventive style. Hair holders can relax as Stephanie envelops coifs with a deep-conditioning treatment that rivals even the richest marinara sauce in its hair-enhancing abilities. Or, add on partial highlights to add depth and color to monochromatic strands.
When veteran stylist Ella set out to make a “creative alternative to the same old salon humdrum,” she wasn't just talking about innovative hairstyles and gossipy patter. In Ella's Gloss Salon, artwork made by community artists adds a touch of local inspiration to the space’s chic, slate-gray walls. Amid the paintings, Ella and her team call upon their continuous education to concoct on-trend cuts, and the stylists imbue locks with even color or dimension-bending highlights. Her team includes master colorist and stylist Danielle Jennings, who has 11 years of experience, including eight with a master stylist, and is known for her attention to detail and ability to listen to a clients needs. While they focus on hair services, the Gloss Salon also lifts unwanted fuzz with European wax and offers a wide variety of facials, and they try to improve the community by donating 10% of all product sales to local nonprofits and charities.
The trained technicians at Absolute Beauty revitalize facescapes with artfully applied facial procedures utilizing sophisticated technologies. Microcurrent facials fight off fine lines with safe electrical impulses, tapping out orders to muscles in Morse code to firm up and increase the production of collagen, temporarily tightening the face after one treatment and building muscle memory after several more. Ultrasound facials shiver off dead cells with an exfoliating high-tech hum, ultimately opening up skin for rejuvenating hydration and moisturizing. In addition to treating faces to space-age pampering, Absolute Beauty supplements epidermal diets with vitamin C enzyme applications in every treatment.
Nine types of facials await visitors at Esthetics by Dawn—enough to treat virtually every skin type. Purifying facials clear out excess oil in treating breakout-prone skin, and anti-aging facials ward off wrinkles by restoring skin’s elasticity. This menu of facials lines up alongside waxing treatments for men and women, stress-relief aromatherapy massages, and hydrating hand masks.