Professional bodybuilders can't live on barbells alone. They also need reliable nutritional guidance. And in order to look their best in competitions, they often need the striking glow that only tanning can provide. In 2003, bodybuilder Art Atwood started fulfilling the first of those needs by selling supplements, then expanded to the second by installing five levels of UVA- and UVB-based tanning beds—including Sun-Angel and Alpha-7900 beds—and Norvell spray-tan equipment. Today, Atwood's sister Gina oversees a staff that's knowledgeable and, in some cases, certified in tanning and nutrition. In addition to serving the bodybuilding community, they're happy to tend to everyday fitness enthusiasts and people who need to hide in a field of wheat.
In its newly-remodeled shop, North Dallas Tan parades a slew of options for giving clients a golden tan in the shortest amount of time possible. Specializing in airbrushing, the studio deploys the VersaSpa spray tanning system. The stand-up booth infuses guests with an all-around bronze and even skin tone while built-in heaters keep goosebumps at bay and open pores for the moisturizing spray. Clients can also hop in the Hydration Station, a bed that locks in moisture before a trip to the new, upgraded Velocity tanning bed with low UVB rays. With a friendly staff and a commitment to efficiency and cleanliness, North Dallas tan helps salon-goers get in and out in less than 20 minutes.
The artists at Chi Ro Makeup Studio are in their element when their clients most need to look their best—at weddings, photo shoots, and television and film gigs. That much is clear, because they've earned the trust of actress Tamera Mowry, who has to look her best a lot. The key is breadth. The artists can handle both airbrush and traditional makeup, and their hair services include everything from updos to extensions. In addition, a tanning stylist uses Natural Glow products to cover legs or entire bodies with a bronzy glow so that clients don't have to brown themselves in a pan slicked with Crisco.
Dedicated to helping bodies obtain a healthy-looking glow, the technicians at Be Tan guide clients through the salon’s tanning options to find the best method for each skin type and occasion. Alongside the bronze-building UV beds, the salon offers Norvell spray-tanning treatments, including an organic solution and a solution that develops in one hour. The salon also offers infrared body wraps, which help clients to burn calories, reduce aches, boost circulation, and make skin look better than a supermodel dipped in chocolate.
Kristin Olszewski wants everyone to have healthy skin. So much so that in 2011 she established KNOI Tans as a way of helping others prevent skin damage caused by traditional tanning methods. At KNOI Tans, Kristin customizes sugar-based Norvell organic tanning solution to ensure a natural-looking tan that complements clients’ skin tones. Streaks are virtually non-existent as Kristin applies the solution with a handheld device, and with her tips and tricks, clients can maintain their tans for up to one week.
A tanning and beauty salon with a focus on lasting results and up-to-date technology, Metro Tan envelops bodies in a luxurious, spa-like experience. The open-air design of the VersaSpa airbrush-tanning booth ($35/multi session) offers plenty of space to sprawl out, and the built-in air-purification column ensures the ghosts of pale persons are expertly exorcised. The booth's color-creating nozzles adjust to the appropriate height and level of pressure for each customer, producing a personalized glow before blowing soggy, post-bronze bodies with soft waves of air for expedited drying. The multi session also suits up skin sacks with primer, prep, and after-tan moisturizer, in addition to color, ensuring that tans are evenly applied, rather than ending up on only the shins.
After years in the health-care and beauty industries, Danielle Maratas developed Glam 101, a haven for good conversation and treatments such as eyelash extensions, waxing sessions, airbrush tans, and makeup applications. She also offers therapeutic and hot-stone massages atop a comfy zebra-patterned massage table.