With dozens of locations sprinkled around the sunshine state, California Sun makes it easy for tanners to bronze without fear of sunburn. As sunless bathers daydream within two levels of Ergoline beds, melanin rises to the skin's surface at the beck and call of a high-pressure cooling system or adjustable face tanners, leaving bodies with a golden glow in just 10–12 minutes. For those who prefer the misty kiss of a sunless spray tan, formulas by VersaSpa, Mystic Tan, or Norvell grace guests with new shades that can last from four to seven days and won't leave skin looking unnaturally orange or supernaturally blue.
Destinations Salon and Spa's meticulous stylists primp and pamper exteriors with a variety of beautifying services. Nail techs colorize digits with glitzy manicures, artificial-nail applications, and pedicures performed in massaging chairs. 'Dos are reshaped in a frenzy of snipping and layering or are transformed with new color schemes. Tending to faces, the aestheticians refresh skin with microdermabrasion, during which a diamond tip sloughs off dead skin cells to reveal the more youthful surface beneath. Eyebrow waxing deters hair from its quest to construct the least efficacious kind of body armor—the soft, braided kind.
Within her station at Studio 9 Salon, expert nail technician Tammy Montgomery rejuvenates weary hands and feet with her lavish nail services. On any given day, Tammy can be found exfoliating hands and feet with a salt scrub before gilding nails with polish to ready them for a night on the town. She also installs full sets of gel nails available in a choice of vibrant colors so that patrons may match them to their personal style, favorite outfit, or moodiest rings.
An Aveda concept salon, Shine staffs expert aestheticians who woo customers with a comprehensive menu of beautifying and calming services. Haircuts ($35 for women, $20 for men) feature complimentary head, neck, and scalp massages to calm scissor-fearing tendrils, while non-scalp follicles can be sentenced to waxing, from simple lip pruning ($10 and up) to a full Brazilian deforestation ($65 and up). A manicure ($20) and pedicure ($35–$65) can restore shoddy digit tips to their original state of glamour. Pre-prettified figures can revel in a 30-, 60-, or 90-minute signature relaxation massage ($35–$85) from the licensed therapist, which features an effleurage barrage designed to ward off tax nightmares and melt away tensions. This Groupon can also be used toward products or pricier services such as the aromatherapy hot-stone massage ($80 for 60 min., $110 for 90 min.), which blots out agitation with essential-oil scents and sizzling basalt rocks.
Tranquility Salon & Spa's talented skin tamer, Autumn, restores faces tormented by dryness or signs of aging in 50- to 60-minute HydraFacial skin-resurfacing treatments. The aesthetician harnesses the powers of hydradermabrasion to scour follicles deeply while hydrating the epidermis and removing temporary tattoos proclaiming distain for water. The treatment cleanses surfaces, boots dull, dead cells, and extracts impurities. HydraFacials also cloak skin in antioxidants that protect nobly against weathering and aim to reduce wrinkles, excess oils, and irregular pigmentation. All results manifest immediately following the treatment, and a lack of downtime lets clients leave the studio to strut proudly and show off their newfound smoothness.
Surrounded by walls painted in plum, olive, and sunflower hues, Avanti Salon's team of beauty specialists refines hair and nails with creative flair and seasoned techniques. Permanent-makeup artist Lisa Anderson calls on more than 10 years of experience as she applies permanent eyeliner, eyebrow liner, or lip liner, helping clients bypass the need for makeup or head-butting a cosmetics model every morning. As stylists transform heads with haircuts, extensions, and color, specialists also smooth physiques with waxing services. Nail artists stick digits in the spotlight with artful shaping, vibrant polish, and custom acrylic designs or nail art.