Live tropical plants. Sultry warmth. Bright green and blue murals that cover the walls, floors, and ceilings, depicting rainforest flora and colorful parakeets. Although Boca Tanning Club’s dozens of locations are actually located throughout Florida, New York, and Texas, they exude a decidedly tropical vibe. Considering how seriously their technicians work to get clients beach-ready, it’s a pretty logical choice.
Each venue presents clients with a variety of sunless and UV tanning options, including VersaSpray and Evolv booths. Some locations also feature powerful high-pressure booths that you can adjust to deliver your desired amount of sunlight substitute.
Sunny Kisses Tan and Beauty Bar features UV tanning beds and booths, Mystic Tan spray-tanning booths, and airbrush tanning. An area staple for more than 20 years, the salon prides itself on its knowledgeable staff, which answers questions and helps clients choose the right tanning method. With a large stock of lotions, accelerators, bronzers, and moisturizers on hand, Sunny Kisses is equipped to provide its clients with healthy, even tans. The salon also offers spa services, including facials, massages, and waxing.
Anticipating the arrival of a client he knows both by name and music preference, Glow Tanning Center co-owner Brandon Kemp strides down to the client’s usual chamber and tunes its Pandora radio to her favorite tunes. Kemp also helps clients navigate the center's three levels of UV tanning by creating custom "game plans" and by unfurling a spool of thread to follow back to the front door. The plans combine the use of tanning lotions with a varying regime of visits to the center’s high-pressure UWE beds and speedy upright booths that clients use in 10-minute increments.
In an adjacent room, co-owner Meg Dewall loads a color cartridge into her airbrush. Dewall has airbrushed the toned abs of fitness models and bodybuilders and the rippling upper lips of Elvis impersonators for a decade. Through years of creating quick, custom tans, she has come to rely on a bronzer from Norvell, a formula that eschews dyes because they can cause skin to look orange. The equipment is minimal, so she can also bring her monochrome art kit and a special tent to hotel rooms and private residences for tanning parties and convenient touchups.
B-tan Tanning Salons have a sleek, modern look that starts immediately in the reception area. There, modern chairs, a streamlined reception desk, and a flat-screen television foreshadow the 15 pieces of advanced tanning equipment waiting out of sight. These stainless-steel booths wrap around clients to evenly bronze with nonacrylic bulbs that, like the most ineffective beach umbrellas, let as much light as possible hit the skin. The beds and booths also keep UVB rays to a minimum, reducing the chances of burns. Yet clients can forgo UV altogether with spray tans from the Mystic Tan booth, which lets clients customize their shade and reap a beach-worthy glow in just 60 seconds.
The staff at Delray Tan Company & Spa keeps bodies bronzed with an array of tanning services. Their traditional UV beds range from Levels 1 to 5, aiding everyone from casual tanners to the most devoted color seekers in their quest for the perfect tan. The HD Mystic tanning booth use automated technology to spritz self-tanning formula on bodies from head to toe in five different colors to fit skin types. The shop's Fantasy airbrush tans, meanwhile, rely on a trained technician to apply an even glow that accentuates the client's best features and lasts 7–10 days.
Though the bright colors and mod furniture of South Beach Tanning’s numerous salons may tempt clients to kick back for hours, that’s not the staff’s goal. Instead, they strive to provide swift, hassle-free tans that get clients out the door quickly to enjoy the day. Each of the chain’s salons boasts a floor plan that is twice as large as the average tanning salon, which increases the likelihood that a bed will be free and therefore reduces annoying wait times. Guests can choose from five tiers of UV beds, whose successive levels beget increased bulb output and more amenities to imbue swifter, more comfortable tans. For a UV-free glow, customers can opt to hop in the salon’s automated VersaSpa booths, which guide jets of pigmented formula from head to toe in only 46 seconds to grant a look as summery as boat sails composed of stitched-together bikinis.