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.
Head Over Heels Salon's experienced nail technician Trish Pillows prettifies phalanges with cuticle-cleansing nail services deftly administered in the tranquility of a homespun atmosphere. Elaborate plant decorations and plush chairs cushion guests as rough appendages soak and cuticles soften to a buttery consistency. Trish scrubs and files away calluses, leaving smooth, soft skin and unearthed treasure maps in their stead as palms and soles delight in a massage. Clippers trim nails to a tidy length before pigmented polish coats cuticles with technicolor hues.
At Star Nails, beauty professional Holly uses sanitary tools and top-notch products to renovate visages and leave cuticles looking classy in less than an hour. An upper-lip wax eliminates unwanted peach fuzz around the pie hole to remove all obstacles impeding the rapid consumption of both peaches and pies. Or, those boasting bushy brows can opt to send Holly's depilating prowess northward to restore order to frazzled forehead feelers. Nails prone to chips and scratches find themselves filed, buffed, and prettily protected beneath a lustrous layer of gel-like polish during the Shellac manicure, whereas the hot spa mani-pedi swaps out the tough stuff for a traditional coat of polish, lavishing each piggy with unrivaled pampering and sending them back into the world ready to sport winter sandals and fingerless motorcycle gloves with pride.
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.
Colorful Chinese artwork and intricate wooden panels festoon the walls inside Cherry Blossom Spa & Foot Reflexology. Relaxing music slowly bounces from wall to wall inside the traditional Chinese spa as nail technicians paint keratin sheets in vibrant nail polish colors. They also gently tackle head, neck, and stomach aches using foot reflexology and papier-mâché voodoo dolls.