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.
Even though pink is her favorite color, salon owner Kat Daniels designed her salon to cater to the pampering needs of both men and women. The result is a cozy, balanced mix of masculine and feminine elements, including mocha-tinted walls, sleek styling chairs, animal-print accents, and the occasional tasteful pop of fuchsia. Ladies and gents can both appreciate the attention to detail Kat and her staff bring to haircuts, mani-pedis, and skin services such as microcurrent facials, as well as the shop's arsenal of top-of-the-line products bearing names such as Redken, Pureology, and Dermalogica. The staff goes above and beyond with indulgent extras such as head, neck, and shoulder massages and men's hot-towel treatments, but above all else, they pride themselves on creating a peaceful, quiet atmosphere where clients can escape from day-to-day stress and door-to-door salesmen.
Located inside Better Health and Wellness Center, The Lash Boutique falls under the expertise of chiropractor LeiLani Vidal, who holds multiple titles as she helps clients feel better inside and out. A licensed aesthetician with certification through five different eyelash-extension systems, Vidal is the founder of lash-supply company GlitzNow!, through which she has personally trained and certified thousands of other beauty professionals across the country. Available in different lengths, widths, colors, and flavors, the synthetic strands are applied one by one with surgical-grade adhesive and can last up to three months with regular touchups, recommended every two to four weeks. The Lash Boutique also refines eyebrows and can enhance natural lashes with tinting, Swarvorski crystals, and even eyelash perms.
The name Hollywood Glamour hints at spa technician Tania’s experience sprucing the faces of stars from the silver screen in both American and Bollywood productions. She and her fellow certified technicians share industry secrets during services such as organic cellulite reduction and the Cleopatras 24 K Gold facial, which patches real gold leaf over the face in a manner reminiscent of the world’s first trophy wives, who took their positions literally. Opulent products from the organic Éminence line, Dr. Jeff, and Dermalogica bolster each facial session that takes place in private treatment rooms. The spa’s hair sector bolsters tresses with the length and lushness of extensions, and electrolysis vanquishes unwanted strands from the body, including strands hoarded by the bellybutton.
Anousheh Motamedi began styling hair in Germany and France, prepping models' mops for Europe's glitzy runway shows, according to 92131 magazine. After arriving in the United States, she set up shop with her accomplice Nadi Dadsetan, but her focus soon became distinctly local. Finding that the city's beauty-school graduates lacked a solid hands-on foundation, the two snapped up the most promising San Diego stylists, instituting on-the-job training to hone their skills. Today that local focus remains, with the studio acting as a community in itself and regularly throwing its support behind charities and local women's shelters.
Inside the salon, Motamedi and Dadsetan work alongside their 11 associates as they beautify bodies from the head down. Shimmering metal dividers entice the eye with irregular oval holes while eclectic chandeliers hang from above the styling stations where experts snip hair into new 'dos. Color and deep-conditioning treatments leave each strand looking its best, complementing new beauty brought out by facials, nailcare, and hair removal. Bridal packages can also primp wedding parties with updos and cosmetics to ensure brides look their best and bridesmaids don't leave makeup on the cake when they dive in face first.
The eponymous Monique of Monique's Skin Care Center has 30 years of experience in the beauty and health industry. She draws upon her hard-earned knowledge to lead a staff that offers a variety of skincare services such as facial treatments, waxing, and body wraps.