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.
Rather than staffing a huge team of unfamiliar faces, Tiger Lily Day Spa & Boutique owner Vanessa Huff strives to cultivate an intimate environment by working directly with each client. She focuses on using clients' time wisely as she flaunts her specialty services, which include lash tinting and perming, chemical peels, PCA Skin facials, and SunFX spray tanning. Vanessa's eight years of experience with Brazilian waxing ensures that unwanted hairs are evicted artfully after she anoints skin with Satin Smooth cream wax or Cirepil hard wax. To amp up the luxury, Vanessa works closely with Alana Rose, a nationally licensed and locally certified massage therapist who specializes in Swedish and deep-tissue techniques. Tiger Lily also hosts parties to let groups of five or more spend an evening purifying pores with peels and facials or comforting friends recently dumped by the sun with UV-free spray tans.
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.
Although she knew the risks of tanning, Tara Hale-Mies was a regular user of UV tanning beds. But when she saw how natural airbrush tans looked, she finally made the switch. Now she promotes the long-term beauty benefits of sunless tanning and shows clients how to stay bronzed without exposing themselves to premature aging and health issues. Tara only uses Body Bronze products, selected for the rich colors they're able to produce, even without Crayola's permission. Each airbrush tan lasts 7–10 days.
Sheri Bell, a licensed and certified spray-tan technician, possesses expert massage and tanning skills. To ensure every spray tan imbues skin with a rich bronze hue, she applies an organic solution that lasts up to nine days. And to produce total relaxation, she's mastered nine massage modalities, such as aroma-touch and Swedish. For the sake of convenience, her mobile services bring the tan to you.