You might think that standing up while you tan would cause an unnaturally darkened scalp, but this never happens at Hollywood Tans. That's because their arsenal of signature stand-up tanning booths create an always even, natural-looking glow in as little as eight minutes. With more than 140 locations nationwide, the chain’s salons—each a veritable bronze mine for pale bodies—can also bronze physiques with Mystic Tan’s Instant Tan, a sunless formula that does not contain dangerous UV rays or infectious California boy-band harmonies. The tone-savvy staff can also help customers choose the instant-tan formula best suited to them, matching the bronzing serums to the each person's skin tone, type, and ideal look.
Clients recline as Wake Up Beautiful's licensed aestheticians refresh façades with invigorating facials. After a brief consultation to hash out skin type and aromatherapeutic preferences, aestheticians apply a double mask that delves into facial crevasses to smooth skin without calling in the mini zamboni. The facial forager extracts embedded dirt from clogged pores, and a massage lulls features into a trance. Throughout their stay, clients sip on complimentary glasses of sparkling fruit spritzer in the art deco beauty lounge draped in black fuzzy carpets, ebony lacquer, and bright red accents.
Island Tan OC believes everyone looks better with a tan, and it helps clients achieve that sun-kissed glow with traditional horizontal tanning beds, standup booths, and spray tanning. Its gold-level standup booth keeps bodies cool with body fans, which circulate air more efficiently than staffers frantically waving their arms. Bronze-level reclining beds come with client-controlled facial tanners, and Mystic Tan spray booths and custom airbrush bronzing offer UV-free options. After a gilding session, patrons can further adorn their limbs with the shop's supply of bikinis, jewelry, and makeup.
OC Tan 2 U customizes its all-natural spray solution according to each client's skin tone before artfully applying it via airbrush. The clean, comfortable synthetic-sun specialty shop employs its unique airbrush formula that adapts to skin, resulting in a natural, non-orange tan that disguises the body's blemishes and irregularities. The spray session takes about 15 minutes, and the tan lasts up to two weeks depending on skin quality, care, and exposure to sandblasters.
Darque Tan's arsenal of beds, booths, and nourishing lotions infuses visiting bodies with sun-kissed color. Along with at least 20 tanning beds, each location brims with tan-savvy staff members—each certified through the International Smart Tan Network—who can work with you to customize a program based on your tanning goals, skin type, and relation to black-and-white movie starlets. Sessions take place in private rooms that line a column-flanked hallway, where five different levels of UV beds give skin the perfect level of tanning. Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless-tanning systems imbue clients with a hydrating, natural-looking glow, which can be customized according to skin tone, desired shade, and spirit animal. A full-time cleaning staff keeps each center in pristine conditions by referencing a 50-point inspection system. Most locations have books, televisions, and kids’ play areas to keep children entertained while adults are bronzing.
Although Tan at the Islands’s name suggests that clients leaving the salon are heading home from the beach, they might be better off heading toward one—they’re likely to be not only tanner but also slimmer and smoother skinned. Inside the salon’s private tanning rooms lie four levels of state-of-the-art, high-pressure Sun Ergoline UV beds, which vary in number of bulbs so that clients can speed up the tanning process without wasting a wish they earned from a grateful flounder. Airbrush equipment outfits skin in a mist customized to each patron’s skin tone, and Mystic spray-tanning booths alternate tanning sprays and drying gusts to lend skin a seamless bronze for up to 10 days. Skin also benefits from red-light therapy, which is said to boost collagen production. Clothes and accessories from brands such as Lucky and True Religion line the walls of the salon’s boutique, enabling customers to don beachwear that shows off newly golden skin tones the way people taunting 7-Eleven security cameras show off newly blue tongues.