Before beginning any session, Metroglo Sunless Tanning’s certified technicians whip up custom bronzing formulas to complement each client’s individual skin tone. Once the darkening serum has been perfected, they move into a private room equipped with breezy ventilation and in about 30 minutes swathe patrons and beach-longing marble busts in their tailored color, which contains no alcohol or artificial fragrances and brims with vitamins and sugar-cane-derived ingredients. Metroglo’s website hosts a list of tips to prepare clients for their session, including exfoliating dead skin and eschewing lotions, deodorant, and makeup. Following the appointment, technicians recommend waiting 8–12 hours before showering, therein assuring maximum darkening effects on torsos, extremities, and lackluster Scream masks.
Since opening the doors of their first location in 1997, Club Soleil has bronzed more than 46,000 Detroiters. The staff constantly switches out the lamps in the salon's collection of seven levels of beds and stand-up booths to keep tan times quick and the sun on its toes. For a UV-free glow, automated misting booths distribute 5 ounces of Magic Tan solution through 36 individual jets that coat the body evenly from head to toe. Certified tanning associates educate clients on the risks and benefits of each system as well as products for moisturizing the skin and extending the life of the tan.
Electric Beach, a high-end tanning salon with an arsenal of quality high-pressure beds, stand-up booths, and spray-tanning chambers, offers customers a variety of tanning services. With a month of unlimited tanning, clients can slip into the beaming bosom of a Tanses T-32 bed or booth for skin-suffusing, with each session lasting 12 minutes. Lay-down and stand-up options are available, allowing horizontaholics and verticality junkies alike to enjoy the undulations of ultravioletry. Or opt for four sessions of Mystic Tan, sunlessly sheathing the skin in a tanning spray to produce results that last up to two weeks. The Mystic Tan solution ensures evenly distributed coloring that looks natural and is nearly impervious to the tyrannical assault of bathtub water.
During the 15-minute spray tanning, a Smart Tan–certified staff member aims airbrushing guns with fine- and wide-point nozzles at clients to coat nooks, crannies, and plains of skinscapes with an even, healthy hue ($39.99). Select from one of Body Bronze Tanning's four levels of UV tanning ($15+ / month for unlimited memberships), which invite customers to laze on Matrix L33 beds with the platinum level or perform a solo rendition of the YMCA in the silver level's stand-up Sundash 252 Radius booth. High-end tanning lotions, such as Devoted Creations' Hybrid ($25) or Flex ($25), moisturize skin as clients marinate in warm rays, much like Easter hams left on a neighbor's stoop.
Image Sun Tanning Center’s professional tanning consultants add sun-kissed color to their clients' bods with a variety of airbrush services and tanning beds. Before patrons begin tanning treatments, specialists perform a complimentary skin-type analysis, which gauges the proper tanning equipment, power, and session time to prevent burning while building a deep base tan. The salon’s private tanning rooms stock up to four levels of UV beds, which use variable doses of bronzing rays to gradually build up a golden complexion like a game of patty-cake with King Midas. Sun-shy clients can bypass ultraviolet exposure inside a Mystic Tan booth, which spritzes pasty torsos in just minutes. The high-end tanning tonic dries quickly, leaves skin oozing a breezy tropical scent, and—like the embarrassment of calling your boss "Dad"—fades in about one week. The salon also supplies a stock of tan-enhancing lotions from brands such as Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin.
Stepping into Acapulco Tan is like hugging a sunbeam. Bright yellow walls surround the interior and lead guests into tanning rooms full of standup and lie-down beds. Along the way, Acapulco Tan's staff members advise visitors based on individual skin type, helping them select the perfect amount of tanning time at one of five available levels. For guests who wave away UV rays, the staff applies DHA spray tans by hand, ensuring smooth, even coverage. They also employ red-light therapy to target wrinkles or help customers face their phobia of getting briefly stopped in traffic.