As the tanning bed's lid closes, a cool breeze starts to blow, a gentle mist cools your skin, and the scents of aromatherapy transform a 12-minute tanning session into a miniature vacation. This S-Class bed is just one of the approximately 10 tanning options that fill City Sun Tanning. Staffers help clients select the right bed, leading them down hallways to an iBed sunbed?which features rotating facial lights?or a X-2 High Pressure bronzing stand-up, which can bronze pallid skin in ten minutes. Alternatively, visitors step onto the AutoBronzer's open-air platform, which evenly sprays UV-free tanning solution. In June of 2009, this sunless system caught the eye of New York Magazine, which lauded City Sun Tanning for having one of the "top five spray tans." The tanning salon has also garnered accolades from Citysearchers, who for several years, named it "Best of Citysearch".
Sun Tan City’s trained tanning consultants help clients get bronzed via UV-free tanning booths and ergonomic tanning beds. Guests can schedule a single visit to touch up an existing tan, purchase a multivisit package to get a discounted rate, or become a member to take advantage of the salon’s 100% guarantee.
Back in 1999, brothers David and Rick Kueber noticed a lag in business at their chain of video-rental shops during the summer months, when no one wanted to be cooped up inside watching movies. The two put their heads together and found a rather unconventional solution to their problem: tanning beds. They installed a new fleet of skin-bronzing machines and sat back as so many clients flocked to their shop that the brothers were forced to open an entire store just to cater to their clients’ tanning demands. This was the birth of Sun Tan City. Today, what started as an experimental side business boasts more than 250 locations across 21 states.
The staff at each location maintains a meticulously clean space, where they show clients to sunbeds dubbed fast, faster, fastest, and instant. The beds include features such as facial tanners and self-contained air conditioners. Alternatively, clients can opt for the sunless, automated VersaSpa system, which swathes physiques in a DHA, plant-based bronzing solution. The liquid reacts naturally with skin’s amino acids, creating an even coat as radiant as the high beams on Helios’s chariot within 46 seconds.
Some spray-tanning solutions rely on toxic chemicals for their bronzing powers, but not the one favored by spray-tanning artist Carol Fusco. The Smart Tan–certified technician uses the all-natural Bronze Biologic solution, which uses ingredients such as sugar cane, aloe vera, and DHA––a natural skin tanner derived from beet sugar. In just 15 minutes, Carol applies the tanner to the whole body, creating a natural-looking glow that works with any skin type and can last for 7–10 days, depending on the clients maintenance following their service.
Inside the salon, Carol leads prospective tanners to a private area, where they may remove makeup with provided pH-balancing wipes and put on a disposable hairnet. She also opens the cozy, plushly furnished space for spray-tanning parties and can take her mobile tanning tent to customers’ homes to provide on-location tanning services.
Clients settle into Attitudes' swively chairs for a hair-revamping session, during which savvy stylists can trim, color, or texturize their locks. The stylists can also fashion event-ready exteriors with updos, hair extensions, and shaping treatments that create expressive brows and hair-free complexions. The salon?s tan-spa alter ego offers guests entry into UV tanning beds or skin-rejuvenating red-light therapy, which boosts circulation in an effort to increase skin?s health and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Outside the private treatment rooms, the salon stocks a supply of tanning lotions that can speed up the bronzing process without playing spin the bottle with King Midas.