Xtreme Tan's staff members call on their Smart Tan training—a program that instills professional savvy in sunburn prevention and correct UV dosage—to guide clients toward the right path to achieving a bronzed beach glow. After becoming acquainted with customers, the specialists carefully educate them on the salon’s offering of UV beds, airbrush-tanning methods, and a selection of lotions that deepen and prolong golden skin tones. The walk-in salon houses four levels of UV beds, each of which is stocked with high-efficiency bulbs that offer clients an indoor tan without having to fight the cat for a sunny spot by the window. Tanners can also forgo UV beams altogether with the salon’s airbrush-tanning service, which dispatches a trained staffer to mist individual curves with a pigmented spray that leaves skin bronze and glowing for up to 14 days.
Beach House Bronze keeps bodies tanned year-round thanks to a fleet of UV-tanning beds and sunless treatments. Like elaborate sandcastles, the UV beds are split into four different levels, from basic Ambition 250 systems to high-end Prestige 1100 beds that boast air conditioning, water misters, and docks for mp3 players. Beach House is also home to the MagicTan VersaSpa spray-tan booth, an amenity-packed machine that darkens skin in less than 60 seconds using a bronzer of the client's choice. Custom coloring also characterizes the in-house airbrushing, which is performed by a seasoned technician.
Founder Todd Beckman opened the first Tan Company location, then called The St. Louis Tan Company, in 1994 with a pair of average-size sun retreats. After perfecting a superstore concept with multiple levels of tanning beds and an intrepid-reporter alter ego, Beckman's bronzing business now spans 53 locations in 8 states, including 39 locations in the St. Louis area. Todd ensures each salon keeps the same high standards that won the 2010 award for Best Tanning in St. Louis from CityVoter.
A knowledgeable staff maintains each bright, highly sanitized environment and stocks shelves with Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin tanning products. The Tan Company also fashions UV-free tans with Mystic Tan standup booths that evenly spritz bodies with a paraben-free DHA solution infused with aloe vera.
At Bronze Tan, airbrush artists mist clients in all-natural, quick-drying tanning solutions. Those solutions are rich in micronutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants, leaving skin golden and nourished. Tans can also be had using one of the high-tech UV-tanning beds that bronze hides in 12- or 15-minute sessions.
Experienced staff at Quick Tone Fitness & Tanning Center takes over solar duties with a variety of services to bronze skin. During spray-tanning sessions, specialists cloak physiques in even coats of paraben- and perfume-free Sun FX potions brewed from purified water and natural ingredients. Sun FX tanning solutions react with the amino acids in skin to leave a tan with the even gold hue of King Midas' stress ball. In traditional UV-tanning sessions, guests may swaddle complexions within Level 3 beds or high-intensity Level 6 beds with 360 degrees of glowing rays. Patrons gain evening access to Quick Tone Fitness & Tanning Center, which requires only a personal security code that doubles as a Morse-code theme song.
Since its founding in 2007, Urban Tan has catered to customers of all skin types and tanning goals with traditional UV tanning or sunless spray-tanning services. Four levels of stand-up and lie-down tanning beds bathe customers in a comfortable glow, tinting skin to a healthy bronze or destroying film negatives. Three types of sunless spray tanning offer custom hues without UV rays: Mystic HD and VersaSpa automated spray-tanning booths mist customers with one of four moisturizing tanners, and Evolv sidekick technology allows aestheticians to airbrush bodies by hand with one of four levels of tanner. Customers can enhance and preserve tans with a range of products available for purchase, including Swedish Beauty's green Eco Chic tanning line and Miami Ink's tattoo-protecting lotions.