World Tanning's beauty specialists can vouch for the services and products they provide. Before any lotion becomes available to clients, the tanning specialists test it out, evaluating fragrance, appearance, and flavor. If a lotion or oil makes the final cut, patrons can rest assured that it meets or exceeds industry standard. The same goes for World Tanning’s lie-down and standup tanning beds, whose maximum tanning times range from 9 to 20 minutes, as well as the boutique's VersaSpa sunless tanning booths, which bronze clients to the shade of their choice in less than two minutes. A recent addition to World Tanning's service menu, an infrared sauna promotes metabolism as its warm light induces sweating or blinds deep-sea fish.
The walls are watching you––or so it would seem. Framed photos of eyes laden with long, voluminous lashes can be seen throughout each Xtina’s Lash Xtensions' salon. This is the plight of owner Christina Wakulich who decks out eyelid rims with synthetic- and real-mink lash extensions with the help of her highly trained staff. Full sets include range from 45 to 65 lashes per eye, fostering a sultry look for six to eight weeks without the mess of mascara.
At Halsted Tan and Spa, Smart Tan–certified staff members help each client navigate high-powered tanning equipment and choose the option that best suits their golden goal. They steer traditional tanners towards lie-down or standup high-pressure beds, such as the SolarForce 648, where side tanners and shoulder tanners help bronze every curve, and built-in stereos flood ears with relaxing music or recordings of George Hamilton reading Goodnight Moon. For a sunless glow, airbrush artists tint skin with a custom paraben-free spray tan, while the VersaSpa booth gilds bodies in a four-pass process that includes a blow-dry and the option to add a pretreatment prep spray and tan-extending moisturizer.
To further beautify bodies, technicians dress up fingertips with artificial nails or long-lasting no-chip polish. They also offer teeth whitening, custom facials, and full-body-waxing services.
Voted one of the best tanning salons in Chicago by Citysearch, Bella Bronze Tan & Body Spa helps darken hides with UV tanning, Mystic spray tanning, Custom Applied Spray Tanning, and tanning products from Australian Gold and Devoted Creations. The salon houses a range of tanning options, including KBL Sun Capsule beds that disperse UV light evenly and cool bodies with air conditioning and aqua mist. Other faux-sun forts feature voice-guided instructions and surround-sound speakers that allow tanners to select their favorite songs or audio clips from vintage State of the Union addresses. In addition to darkening skin, clients can opt for a variety of spa services including waxing, facials, teeth whitening, and massages, offered in Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone varieties.
A Better Tan stocks its two tanning hubs with tiered levels of tanning equipment, allowing patrons to achieve summery complexions with five levels of Ergoline UV beds, automated Mystic Tan booths, and custom airbrush tans. Smart Tan–trained staff members gild skin with contoured strokes from airbrushing equipment, which they imbue with a custom color to suit the customer's desired darkness level and camouflage needs when infiltrating the US Mint. In the front lobby, well-stocked shelves display a selection of Supre Tan, Devoted Creations, and Ed Hardy tanning lotions, which help to preserve the skin's newfound hue by sealing in moisture and adding a splash of tan-deepening bronzer. New tans get alluring contrast with the salon's teeth-whitening system, which uses a convenient bleaching-tray regimen to create bright and flashy smiles.
Such is their commitment to beauty, the stylists and aestheticians at Studio Within Salon/Spa seek to extend their rejuvenating services to their biggest client, the Earth, by adopting eco-friendly practices. Along with carrying organic and natural products, the salon continues to expand its green philosophy, which includes supporting local businesses through charity, energy-efficient lighting, and generators fueled by patrons’ discarded tension. The studio’s soothing lobby boasts lavender walls and rustic furniture, and spiral stairs lead down into the lower spa’s umber walls, candles, and dark wood furniture. With recent remodeling, the massage rooms are now more spacious and outfitted with brand new treatment tables.