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.
For Better Health & Wellness Center's Clinic Director LeiLani M. Vidal, there is no such thing as knowing enough. Though she already holds a doctorate and is a board-certified chiropractor, qualified medical examiner, and licensed aesthetician, Dr. Vidal routinely attends advanced training sessions to learn new chiropractic techniques. When not scrawling or skywriting notes, Dr. Vidal can be found educating others during volunteer shifts at the Foundation for Wellness Professionals.
To further broaden her practice's available treatments, Dr. Vidal has assembled an experienced team of professionals from a variety of fields. Massage practitioners ease patients' stresses through reduction therapies, and personal trainers employ their talents as a certified strength-and-conditioning specialists to help improve muscle health. A traditional Chinese medical practitioner brandishes acupuncture and Chinese herbology techniques to soothe bodily stresses without pharmaceuticals or roomfuls of humming grandmothers.
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.
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.
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.