At Halsted Tan and Spa, Smart Tan–certified staff members help each client navigate high-powered tanning equipment and choose the option that best suits their golden goal. They steer traditional tanners towards lie-down or standup high-pressure beds, such as the SolarForce 648, where side tanners and shoulder tanners help bronze every curve, and built-in stereos flood ears with relaxing music or recordings of George Hamilton reading Goodnight Moon. For a sunless glow, airbrush artists tint skin with a custom paraben-free spray tan, while the VersaSpa booth gilds bodies in a four-pass process that includes a blow-dry and the option to add a pretreatment prep spray and tan-extending moisturizer.
To further beautify bodies, technicians dress up fingertips with artificial nails or long-lasting no-chip polish. They also offer teeth whitening, custom facials, and full-body-waxing services.
Voted one of the best tanning salons in Chicago by Citysearch, Bella Bronze Tan & Body Spa helps darken hides with UV tanning, Mystic spray tanning, Custom Applied Spray Tanning, and tanning products from Australian Gold and Devoted Creations. The salon houses a range of tanning options, including KBL Sun Capsule beds that disperse UV light evenly and cool bodies with air conditioning and aqua mist. Other faux-sun forts feature voice-guided instructions and surround-sound speakers that allow tanners to select their favorite songs or audio clips from vintage State of the Union addresses. In addition to darkening skin, clients can opt for a variety of spa services including waxing, facials, teeth whitening, and massages, offered in Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone varieties.
A Better Tan stocks its two tanning hubs with tiered levels of tanning equipment, allowing patrons to achieve summery complexions with five levels of Ergoline UV beds, automated Mystic Tan booths, and custom airbrush tans. Smart Tan–trained staff members gild skin with contoured strokes from airbrushing equipment, which they imbue with a custom color to suit the customer's desired darkness level and camouflage needs when infiltrating the US Mint. In the front lobby, well-stocked shelves display a selection of Supre Tan, Devoted Creations, and Ed Hardy tanning lotions, which help to preserve the skin's newfound hue by sealing in moisture and adding a splash of tan-deepening bronzer. New tans get alluring contrast with the salon's teeth-whitening system, which uses a convenient bleaching-tray regimen to create bright and flashy smiles.
Such is their commitment to beauty, the stylists and aestheticians at Studio Within Salon/Spa seek to extend their rejuvenating services to their biggest client, the Earth, by adopting eco-friendly practices. Along with carrying organic and natural products, the salon continues to expand its green philosophy, which includes supporting local businesses through charity, energy-efficient lighting, and generators fueled by patrons’ discarded tension. The studio’s soothing lobby boasts lavender walls and rustic furniture, and spiral stairs lead down into the lower spa’s umber walls, candles, and dark wood furniture. With recent remodeling, the massage rooms are now more spacious and outfitted with brand new treatment tables.
Led by friends and cofounders Katrina Polansky and Adam Brown, The Sinless Tan's trained technicians darken hides with organic, UV-free spray tans. During each 20-minute treatment, clients undress to their level of comfort inside treatment rooms before a staffer custom mists skin with a sugar-beet-based formula. A golden hue gradually develops over the next few hours, and lasts for up to 14 days. By concentrating their bronzing efforts on just spray tans, The Sinless Tan's team is able to provide excellent customer service and unparalleled sunless shines.
Polished Nails and Tanning tidies up the digits and bronzes the bodies of men as well as women. A nail technician imbues phalanges with color and style, sterilizing the equipment with hospital-grade procedures between sessions, and a tanning professional imparts a sun-kissed hue without subjecting skin to UV rays. Staff members dedicate themselves to their continuing professional development, mastering current trends, tailoring treatments to each client, and always letting the customer win games of patty cake.