Walking through the doors of Park Slope Tanning, visitors know what the business is about. The rows of brand-name accelerating lotions, the arsenal of UV beds, and even the ochre-colored walls hint at the sultry color of a day spent lounging under the sun. To get that color, the salon furnishes six tiers of UV beds that range from the no-frills tanning of the 35 100-watt bulbs on the Level 1 beds to the 650-watt high-pressure bulbs of the Level 6 beds, which are augmented with reflectors that ensure tanning rays can hit every corner of the body and still check their blind spots. Since clients don’t always have the time to build up a golden tan with UV rays, the salon also offers VersaSpa spray tanning booths that imbue skin with one of three shades in minutes, and custom airbrush tans that skilled technicians apply to bring out their clients' best features.
Beauty Couture Boutique Salon's stylists believe that beauty doesn't have to harm the environment, animals, or clients. Organic products have nearly monopolized the store's shelf space, including ammonia-free hair color and completely vegan, toxin-free products that aren't tested on animals. Stylists brandish these products like gadgets from a superhero's belt as they deftly perform a complete roster of salon services. They also perform makeup, spray-tanning, and nail-care services, and offer health-conscious alternatives to traditional hair care. A Chi Enviro smoothing treatment, for instance, leaves hair soft and shiny without the harmful effects of keratin or constantly wearing a Cleopatra wig.
In a studio brimming with what New York magazine calls a “relaxed, residential vibe,” walls of slate gray and exposed brick ensconce the cutting-edge equipment dwelling within each of Pacific Tanning Salon's seven private bronzing rooms. Clients garner sun-kissed glows from an array of machines such as the Ambition 300, equipped with turbo and superpower lamps and high-pressure facial tanners. During sessions that last a maximum of 15 minutes, clients punch easy-to-navigate buttons to control their experiences, and ventilation systems ensure that they, and the casseroles they are warming, do not overheat.