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 the sleek black interior of Sun Elite Tan awaits a host of tanning beds and UV-free tanning equipment. The centerpiece of the collection is the Sun Angel bed, which contains an overexposure-preventing sensor, 52 UV lamps, high-pressure shoulder tanners, and an integrated sound system that lets guests listen to music or recordings of Alec Baldwin reciting pi to the billionth decimal. Alternatively, the salon’s technicians can customize Infinity Sun spray tans, applying even coats of bronze in about 20 minutes. No matter what treatments they select, guests can lounge in a modern waiting area with chic globe chandeliers and a flat-screen television.
An elegant bronze chandelier dominates the center of Studio Fifty Fifty. This centerpiece is surrounded on all sides by soft-beige walls, zebra-print furniture, and red bamboo. Inside this upscale environment, a team of 35 stylists pluck their styling utensils out of stainless-steel toolboxes and snip, shape, and condition hair with a full array of salon services. Each of their signature services, such as deep-conditioning treatments, color services, and Brazilian blowouts, begins with a consultation, after which professional haircare products—such as Moroccanoil and HBL—slather strands with sulfate-free ingredients.
Huntington Beach’s Ambiance Med Spa has successfully blurred the line between and brought together two realms: the spa and the medical center. On the one hand, an abundance of elegant amenities such as a shag rug, impeccably designed decor, and calming lights underscore the relaxing side of the business. A full beauty bar and five different types of massage further point to a stress-relieving general purpose. But inside handsomely decorated private treatment rooms, a host of medical-quality aesthetic services goes beyond calming and soothing guests. Treatments including clinical chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermaplaning use many of the latest tools in scientific and medical technologies to augment each client’s natural beauty and make their skin healthier.
Ambiance Med Spa is owned by Michelle Armenteros, who graduated from aesthetics school in California—Einstein himself wouldn’t have gained admission to this kind of school because his hair had more split ends than the NFL.
RejuveNation Body Wraps helps clients achieve beach-ready physiques with contouring body treatments and tanning services. Amid their space’s warm chocolate- and tangerine-hued walls, staffers pamper clients with herbal-infused wraps, designed to tone skin and gradually diminish cellulite and stretch marks leftover from weight gain or swallowing watermelons whole. Tanning experts then create bronzed masterpieces in the tanning booth, or direct clients to the salon’s own line of cleansers and firming lotions that they can use at home.
At Glow Waxing and Sugaring, licensed cosmetologist Libby Post goes the extra mile to ensure clients' comfort as she expertly shapes their brows or smooths their bikini lines. A complimentary numbing cream helps prevent pain during intimate waxing and sugaring treatments; afterwards, a steam towel treatment eliminates any lingering stickiness. Libby also observes high standards of hygiene, using antibacterial solution to cleanse all waxed areas after treatment and never, ever double-dipping. Glow Waxing and Sugaring is located inside Glow Tanning, which maintains a broad selection of powerful tanning beds and booths as well as suntan lotions, teeth-whitening gel, and other beautifying products.