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 fearless tendril tamers at The Sculpture Salon are passionate about teaching manners to mischievous manes. Properly frame the paint-covered work of art that is your face with a basic haircut ($25+ for men, $35+ for women), or recast its natural hue with a dramatic coloring treatment ($60+ for single process, $110+ for double). Perms ($75+) lock locks into dizzying, springy coils, weaves ($90+) supplement natural fur growth, and updos ($55+) render mops ready to be whisked off for an elegant preprom taco feast.
Sun Starr Tanning offers a handful of ways to bronze bodies. Three levels of tanning beds darken skin in as little as 12 minutes and include extras such as facial or neck tanners. For those seeking UV-free color, a standup Magic Tan booth blasts its bronzing formula onto clients during 45-second sessions. Clients can also receive a custom color application during a personal airbrush tanning session with a spray-tan specialist. Once clients' skin is bronzed and glowing, an on-staff aesthetician is ready to prettify visages with facials or eyelash extensions long enough to braid into pigtails.
Aesthetician and Skin Boutique founder Danielle Sladek wants to follow her clients home. She won’t try to climb into their cars, but she and her team of continually educated skin therapists make sure that every customer leaves understanding how best to treat their skin type between spa visits. During face-centric treatments, the spa's weapons of choice are Dermalogica products, which are made in the United States, never tested on animals, and won't attract bears with their scent. Past the spa’s glitzy chandeliers, plum-colored accents, and ornate wallpaper, guests relax in private treatment rooms as staff pamper their skin with both classic and high-tech procedures.