Tropical Tan, with a focus on convenience and the belief that everyone deserves a great tan, spans across four locations. Each tanning sanctuary is manned by a knowledgeable staff who offer advice and suggestions on which of the many tanning beds or lotions to use for the best bronze.
Hollywood Tans, one of the nation’s largest chains of tanning salons, turns dermises gold with a special alchemic process known as Tanetics. Skin specialists consider each customer’s tanning goal, skin tone, and skin sensitivity before helping them choose the perfect skin-shading procedure. Four clean and comfortable types of stand-up UV tanning-booth options filter out most pestiferous UVB rays while speedily darkening pigment. Pricing varies, but five 11-minute bouts inside Hollywood Tans’ HT42 booth ($30) are enough to leave any pelt polished with a glossy base tan. For Daphnes fleeing Apollo, a Mystic spray-tan booth (starting at $19) depales pasty parchment with a misty coat of bronze that can last 5–7 days. The Mystic’s cartridges can be changed to allow users great flexibility in choosing their preferred skin patinas, or they can be purchased in bottle form for do-it-yourself home applications (starting at $19). A plethora of lotion is available to give your skin a longer lasting hue and moisturize your dermis until it's a glowing beacon of hydrated human hide.
The staffers at Solar Planet do more than lavish visitors with meticulously clean salons, indulgent extras, and the power to don a sun-kissed glow in less than 20 minutes. Each employee is Smart Tan certified, meaning they possess the training to design personalized tanning schedules for clients seeking an instant or lasting glow. The specialists also know every detail of Solar Planet’s fleet of tanning beds, which range from traditional beds to standup capsules, the style most conducive to tanning lawn flamingos. At some locations, custom airbrush tanning sessions enlist the help of a certified airbrush artist who highlights the body’s features with strategic strokes in a custom bronzing hue. Over its 25 years in business, Solar Planet has also added sunless tanning booths, a stock of buyable bronzing lotions, and far-infrared massage capsules, which simultaneously massage muscles and inject them with therapeutic heat like a nap in an automatic bread maker.
In the heart of Dupont Circle, Body Rays Tanning's high-end technology browns a clientele, which includes news anchors and professional dancers, with four styles of bed and organic spray tans. During consultations, technicians recommend appropriate exposure times and bed technology for clients’ bronzing goals, which may range from a subtle glow to fitting in with their penny collections. Alternatively, Mystic tans and organic airbrush tans speedily spray physiques, leaving behind sunlessly bronzed skin. The sun-kissed yellow walls evoke days at the beach, and the salon stays open seven days a week for maximum convenience.
Friends come in handy when one needs a shoulder to cry on or a body to experiment on. Luckily, Fit to Be Tan owner Heather Boss has many. After researching non-UV-based tanning methods in 2007, she began experimenting with airbrush tanning, perfecting the combination of solution and technique after many trials on her willing friends. After word spread from her happy test subjects, Boss opened Fit to Be Tan, which focuses on airbrush tanning and healthy skincare. She uses natural, organic solutions that bronze the skin without relying on harmful rays from the sun.
The floor-to-ceiling glass windows that line the front of Relaxed Spa serve two purposes: to funnel natural light inside and act as an invisible barrier to stress. Owner Solmaz Celik and her staff of certified salon and spa technicians preach relaxation as they pamper visitors during services such as sugar and hard waxing, facial treatments, and massage therapy. Using a classic, Shellac, or french style mani-pedi, they also clean up fingernails and toenails.