U-TAN's glowing beds already evoke a science-fiction vibe, so perhaps it's not surprising that one of them can speak. The Orbit Avantgarde pipes up in a British accent, guiding guests through the bronzing process while cooling their skin with built-in air conditioning. This cozy bed is but one member of a high-tech fleet, whose combined amenities include aromatherapy, water misters, comfortably contoured surfaces, and the option to stand. At the platinum level is the high-pressure Magic bed, which sits upon its royal throne with an open design and high-pressure bulbs for especially swift results.
The salon administers spray tans as well. An automated MyMyst booth dresses bodies in a copper layer that suits the client's skin type, and technicians deftly wield Infinity Sun airbrushes, tanning patrons with the same system used by celebrities when preparing for an awards ceremony or hiding from the paparazzi in a sand dune. As visitors achieve their desired hue, they can tune into the room's XM radio stations and peruse a wide selection of lotions, some of which target acne or eczema.
Founded by entrepreneur Monica Blanco, Colour Couture revivifies clients with airbrush tans powered by proprietary tanning solutions. These customized products contain 11% DHA and a base of organic aloe-vera gel—as opposed to harmful chemicals—and are never tested on animals. The technicians who apply them all undergo a thorough training program and the Colour Couture certification they receive prepares them to apply even coats out in the field, whether they are bronzing an entire bridal party or just one friendly ghost looking to fit in with the land of the living.
Nestled within the bustling facility of Santa Clarita Athletic Club, SCA Club Tan puts the finishing touches on newly chiseled bodies with a full arsenal of tanning equipment. Visitors can bask in the quick results of Ergoline high-pressure beds or the precision of Sundash stand-up booths, choosing one of three tanning levels depending on their current skin tone. Alternately, customers can opt for a UV-free experience in a Magic Tan spray booth, which tints skin with a sun-kissed glow that lasts for up to a week. After tanning sessions, a selection of lotions from Cal Tan, Australian Gold, and Designer Skin keep tans vibrant and hydrated.
Tiffany Childers, a nail technician who calls a corner of Life's a Beach Tanning home, turns manicures and pedicures into much more than ways to take care of one's nails. She uses her artistic talent and passion for her work to do everything from basic mani-pedis to elaborate nail art. Rather than use cheap brands of nail polish or finely crushed Skittles, Tiffany paints nails in vivid colors using OPI, China Glaze, and KleanColor polishes.
Because different skin types require different tanning methods, the owners of Venetian Tan and Spa stock their private treatment rooms with a diverse selection of UV beds, automated Mystic Tan booths, and trained airbrush artists. UV beds build up bronze hues through gradual exposure to controlled rays, whereas Mystic booths dispense a UV-free choice of clear or bronzer-enhanced sprays that show off golden tones like King Midas’s grandmother. For a more individualized touch, airbrush artists spray bodies with custom strokes of DHA pigment for a sun-kissed glow that lasts up to seven days. The spa further polishes exteriors with slimming infrared body wraps and IPL facials, which work to improve skin from the inside out.