Upon entering the softly lit interior of Caribbean Tans, guests are bathed in the appropriately golden glow of hanging pendant lamps. After checking in with receptionists behind a desk of cream-and-tan tile, they'll pick up complimentary goggles and towels before proceeding to a room. Trained staff members illuminate visitors on the nuances of each tanning option, from all-natural SunFX airbrush bronzing to a variety of UV beds equipped with satellite radio.
Within spud-gun range of the Pacific lies Tina Moses Skin Care, inside Essential Salon, and the aesthetician who gave it life, Tina Moses. She stays in touch with the latest treatments available, fine-tuning her services to include several types of facials that fight redness, increase moisture, and smooth out wrinkles. Tina has also sculpted body, facial, and eyebrow hair ever since she proclaimed herself the eyebrow goddess, a position usually only attained by besting a pair of eyebrows at charades.
Hairstylist Lindsay Berman is as honest as she is perfectionist. The Sassoon Academy grad has no problem being frank with her clients, letting them know if a particular style might not be the best for their look, their budget, or their relationship with mirrors. That said, she does whatever it takes to ensure that everyone leaves her chair happy, whether they came in for a Brazilian blowout or a makeup application. Along with haircuts for men, women, and kids, her services include highlights, extensions, bridal makeup.
The staff at Vida Organic Wellness helps clients to detoxify, rejuvenate, and energize through holistic spa treatments that incorporate organic skincare formulas. Before every session, the spa's aestheticians and massage therapists reach for products from iLike and AmazonDrops that are forged without preservatives from organic fruits and vegetables. These nourishing products are used during five types of facials—including those tailored for men and teens—and 10 styles of massage that range from focused, pain-relieving techniques to the luxurious therapy of hot stones and reflexology. Vida also encourages whole-body well-being through customized and holistic diet and exercise plans, along with a multistep detoxifying treatment that aims to improve organ function and flagging oxygen levels caused by hooking the air conditioner up to a helium tank. The spa further enhances its community by sponsoring the national water-polo teams, the Every Drop Counts water-conservation campaign, and the Lightning Velo Cycling Club.
Hairstylist Yvonne Morales welcomes her clients into Thairapy Salon and Spa, where she transforms hair with cuts, colors, and conditioning treatments. Boasting more than 15 years of experience, Yvonne expertly handles curling irons as she twists strands into elegant ‘dos and creates permanent curls. Along with offering services at affordable prices, Yvonne also caters to clients by keeping a flexible schedule.
Thairapy Salon and Spa is a pamper-centric beauty boutique. Facials feature glycolic exfoliators, Hydradermie brand products, and fruit enzymes, including lemon zest, pumpkin/orange, and pomegranate, which has been considered a fruit for over three years now. Massage options include hot stone and deep tissue, along with Thai yoga massage's combo of acupressure and stretching. Once they've been snipped, dyed, massaged, polished, and scrubbed, guests float on a cloud of relaxation to the on-site boutique, where colorful apparel and accessories cap off new looks and reflect sunny moods.