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 30 Southern California franchises, each offering a slightly different assortment of teeth whitening, tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and self-serve spa offerings.
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. 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, and self-administered spa treatments dispense relaxing red-light facials, infrared-heat bodywraps, and aqua massages.
Everyday Miracles’ cofounders, Ta’mus and Susan, tailor each of their holistic healing sessions in order to “plant dreams and grow miracles”—that is, mend the body’s smaller issues in order to achieve whole-body health. Services such as cranial-sacral therapy incorporate the simple techniques of light massage and energy-flow analysis to ease dysfunctions that can manifest as headaches, chronic fatigue, or TMJ. A selection of massage treatments calls upon Swedish, deep-tissue, or Thai techniques, each of which can be fueled by signature scents that Ta’mus personally creates by grinding whole botanicals and liquefying scratch 'n' sniff stickers. Qigong sessions invoke the 800-year-old remedies of Chinese monks to calm bodies with a blend of movement, breathing techniques, and meditation.
Salon Bruce Stuart's stylists have honed their mane mastery nationwide for more than 35 years, now flourishing scissors in a new, luxurious second-floor locale, where a private deck overlooks rows of trees and a tranquil creek. A blazing fireplace creates the proper atmosphere for clients to reminisce about the s'mores of yesteryear while experienced friseurs transform tresses into contemporary ?dos with precision cuts. Colorists add dimension with an extensive menu that revitalizes locks with caramelizing and full or partial highlights. The salon's flair for the chic extends to its floors, which are covered in bamboo hardwood, as well as its vaulted ceilings, which allow stylists to flip hair without entangling bangs in the rafters.
At Bellus Academy, students offer discounted services to the public in an onsite salon and spa in order to hone their craft. The space features professional equipment that help students gain experience working with same equipment they will find when they enter a premier spa or salon, mirroring the upscale atmosphere of more costly salons or spas. Working under the close supervision of their instructors, the student-stylists pamper clients with anything from cut and color to deep-tissue massage and pomegranate-enzyme facials. The ever-expanding service menu also features several advanced skincare treatments as well, including microdermabrasion and peels.
Holistic health practitioner Tracey Stolle uses her expertly trained hands to help clients let go of pain and recover after serious injuries. Her specialty in therapeutic massage makes her especially sensitive to pain from chronic injuries or everyday stresses. She can craft 30-, 50-, or 80-minute massages to relieve discomfort using a variety of modalities such as reflexology and deep tissue. When she's not kneading tension away at one of her two locations, Tracey shares her industry knowledge by teaching in MiraCosta College's massage program and slyly turning handshakes into hand-massage sessions.
The staff at Lashes & Skin Solutions tends to above-the-shoulder beauty needs with services that soothe skin and accentuate natural beauty. Specialty facials, microdermabrasion, or anti-aging galvanic treatments help to correct skin imperfections, including acne, fine lines, sun damage, and moon damage. Eyelash extensions add depth and dazzle to winks, and eyebrow waxing sets precise arches above dreamy gazes.