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.
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.
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.
Professionally trained in the art of ultraviolet light, the staff at smartsweat by Aruba Sunspa is full of experts when it comes to sunless tanning and infrared saunas. Armed with an array of lie-down tanning beds that range in intensity, technicians work with each guest to ensure that they tan safely based on their skin type and the extent to which they wish to mock ancient sun gods. In addition to the beds, techs also transform alabaster skinscapes into bronzed masterpieces with a variety of spray-tanning services. During these treatments, they douse skin in a steady stream of instantly drying solutions that adhere to superficial proteins in the skin and downshift the hues. Beyond tanning services, the studio also helps guests detoxify, ease pain, and boost weight-loss programs with their namesake smartsweat infrared-saunas, which send beams of heat energy deep into skin to help mend a range of bodily issues.
The skin specialists at Smart Xposure want clients to get tan, but they don’t want them burn. In their experience, many clients think looking pink after tanning confirms they got color. The staff warns that those burns, no matter how light, lead to skin problems later in life. So, Smart Xposure opts for safer tanning methods, handpicking bulbs from Thomas Edison’s private collection for UV beds that are up to 99.7% UVB-free and designed to keep clients at a pace of only two to three tans per month. Mystic and organic custom airbrush tans eliminate UV exposure entirely, evenly coating bodies with natural-looking color.
Smart Xposure infuses its client-conscious practices with a dose of fun, enlivening the lobby with a plasma-screen television. Upbeat music spills into each room through a DMX sound system, and modern decor evokes the feel of a nightclub without the unpleasant ordeal of having to sweet-talk a bouncer into letting you into the bathroom.
Though audiences are often attracted to Dancing with the Stars, Rock of Love, and I Love New York for their nail-biting drama, these shows’ participants remain remarkably free of fingernail maladies. For this, they can thank Becky Johnson, whose manicures and pedicures have stolen scenes in all three reality-TV hits. A practicing nail technician since 1995, Becky has recently shifted her focus from the Hollywood spotlight to Simi Valley's Changes Salon. Seated at her manicure station, Becky carefully paints fingernails in the vibrant colors of OPI, Essie, and Gelish polishes—the last of which call upon fortifying UV light to prevent chipping. She can also outfit nail beds with acrylics that come in dainty pink and white as well as glitter-infused shades, and her paraffin treatments hydrate hands dry or damaged from vacationing under blow dryers.