The staff at Darque Tan learned the science of tanning through Smart Tan certification, which they rely on to design efficient, safe regimes for each client's skin type. Five levels of PCTan beds and booths can bronze skin with as few as 12 minutes of UV exposure while enveloping skin in cooling mist. Automated airbrush tanning in VersaSpa or Mystic Tan booths create even, natural-looking color that masks scars and stretch marks. Darque Tan's pursuit of convenience is further exemplified with business hours that span seven days a week, a minimum of 20 beds per location, and rec rooms where kids can read and watch TV. A crew of professional cleaners details each of the facilities according to a rigorous 50-point inspection and tips gleaned from reading Mr. Clean's LiveJournal.
The staff at Tiki Tan supplies the environment for guests to acquire a deep, tawny hue any time of year. Three levels of tanning beds adjust to different skin tones, and a leg-specific bed ensures limbs stay dark even after shaving. The center also offers VersaSpa sunless tanning, which deepens complexions and moisturizes skin through an even coating of bronzing solutions and hydrating botanicals.
Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the services. Sun-starved hides can jump-start their glow with a round of level-one Mystic spray tanning. Employing MagneTan technology, Mystic’s mist adheres to the skin-suit evenly and streaklessly using the body's natural magnetic properties and innate force fields, leaving it bronzed and beautiful for five to seven days. Afterward, whisk newly bronzed bods to a CyberRelax message chair for a luminous facial, which bathes skin in LED therapy. Working in conjunction with topical skincare serums, the facial helps reduce fine lines and evidence of solar foul play, while promoting even skin texture and tone.
The beauty-enhancing engineers at Lazersmooth administer noninvasive treatments performed in an understanding and professional environment. If stains remain from ill-advised coffee and beet diets, remove them with a teeth-whitening treatment. During three 20-minute cycles, cold-light technology emits a concentrated beam of blue light and hygienic vibes that react with specially formulated whitening gel to improve enamel's exquisiteness.
Allure Salon's body-bronzing specialists paint skin canvases with a sun-smooched hue. Tanners receive an effulgent epidermis in 15 minutes as the Fake Bake airbrush tanning sweeps across the skin, splattering it with a UV-free, no-streak tan. The skin-brightening serum infuses bone cages with naturally derived tanning agents DHA and erythrulose without clogging pores or irritating skin. Bronzers leave with a natural-looking tan that dries in 2–3 minutes and lasts up to one week, or about the time it takes to cartwheel the length of a marathon. The skin-savvy professionals recommend showering and exfoliating before the visit and moisturizing with a recommended product twice a day afterwards.
Wherever Wenny Blackman goes, Aveda's organic products are sure to follow, and vice versa, as the stylist, aesthetician, and owner of Wen Chic Salon and Spa—an Aveda Concept Salon and Spa—has been attending Aveda classes since 1996. Needless to say, she and her skilled staff employ Aveda products exclusively to augment their repertoire of salon and spa services, including colorings that use HeadMapping, instead of traditional wizards, to predict the amount of time, product, and cost for each session.
Before the Texas board-certified stylists can cut, color, or treat hair, Blackman requires them to attend classes at the Aveda Institute. The stylists' mastery of Aveda's curriculum, coupled with their overall experience, determines their status as a stylist, senior stylist, master stylist, or director. Similarly, the licensed aestheticians and registered massage therapists reach for Aveda products during facials, massages, waxing treatments, and airbrush-tanning sessions, which are staged in the spa area's quiet summer and winter rooms, free of cell-phone ringtones and piles of burning leaves.