In his early days as a massage therapist, Sean Struxness was struck by the stark contrasts in quality between high-end and low-end spas, noticing a large gap between the two. He founded The Massage Spot to fill that gap, partly because he no longer wanted to mow the gap's out-of-control grass. Though it forgoes the locker rooms and showers that full day spas may offer, Struxness's mini day spa doesn't skimp on the tranquil atmosphere, as it features flickering candles, soothing music, and a relaxing zen area. The service menu isn't lacking, either; The Massage Spot's team of professionals performs haircuts and deep conditionings, nine types of facials, spa pedicures with aromatherapy soaks, and Western and Eastern styles of massage therapy.
A bright yellow accent wall lends a sunny feel to Sugar Rays' all-white interior—as does the fact that many customers emerge with fresh tans. Their tans are sunless, however; a product of the salon's organic sugar cane spray tan formula. Imbued with aloe and vitamin E, it nourishes skin while leaving behind a natural, even glow. The salon complements these organic tans with eco-friendly services, from waterless pedicures to nails imprinted with 1,000-word essays on the benefits of hugging a tree.
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.
UV light from five levels of tanning booths and beds sets all-white interiors aglow at Total Tan's two locations in West Hollywood and Marina Del Rey. Designed by upscale brands such as Ergoline and Matrix, each bronzing chamber cossets clients with amenities including voice-guided operated controls, music, and cooling fans that pump air directly from Total Tan's sister salon in the Antarctic. Patrons can enhance sessions with lotions from brands such as California Tan and Australian Gold.
Alternatively, custom airbrush spray tans evenly coat skin with Infinity Sun solution, whose cocktail of DHA and pure botanicals leaves bodies bronzed for up to 10 days. Inside Total Tan's cellulite bike chamber, infrared lights work to smooth cellulite problem areas as the client pedals a stationary bike at 75% maximum heart rate in an attempt to escape the nearby stationary rottweiler.