In a studio brimming with what New York magazine calls a “relaxed, residential vibe,” walls of slate gray and exposed brick ensconce the cutting-edge equipment dwelling within each of Pacific Tanning Salon's seven private bronzing rooms. Clients garner sun-kissed glows from an array of machines such as the Ambition 300, equipped with turbo and superpower lamps and high-pressure facial tanners. During sessions that last a maximum of 15 minutes, clients punch easy-to-navigate buttons to control their experiences, and ventilation systems ensure that they, and the casseroles they are warming, do not overheat.
Walking through the doors of Park Slope Tanning, visitors know what the business is about. The rows of brand-name accelerating lotions, the arsenal of UV beds, and even the ochre-colored walls hint at the sultry color of a day spent lounging under the sun. To get that color, the salon furnishes six tiers of UV beds that range from the no-frills tanning of the 35 100-watt bulbs on the Level 1 beds to the 650-watt high-pressure bulbs of the Level 6 beds, which are augmented with reflectors that ensure tanning rays can hit every corner of the body and still check their blind spots. Since clients don’t always have the time to build up a golden tan with UV rays, the salon also offers VersaSpa spray tanning booths that imbue skin with one of three shades in minutes, and custom airbrush tans that skilled technicians apply to bring out their clients' best features.
Though only one accent wall drenched in lilac disrupts Paris Skin Care Center of Hoboken’s all-white décor, you won’t be missing color. It appears within the kaleidoscopic palettes at the cosmetics counter, manned by professional makeup artist and owner, Sofia. Using both airbrush and traditional techniques, she makes eyes pop with shadow, gives lips a glossy sheen, and contours cheekbones worthy of a ventriloquist’s dummy—all while masking blemishes. Semi-permanent lash extensions, in either basic or dramatic styles, complete freshly made faces. And though makeup is Sofia’s forte, clients will also want to check out her other spa services. She uses an extra-gentle blend of beeswax and cotton-oil, for example, to minimize irritation and ingrown hairs during full-body waxes, and shoos away stress and muscle pain with deep-tissue and aromatherapy massages.