The staff at Darque Tan learned the science of tanning through Smart Tan certification, which they rely on to design efficient, safe regimes for each client's skin type. Five levels of PCTan beds and booths can bronze skin with as few as 12 minutes of UV exposure while enveloping skin in cooling mist. Automated airbrush tanning in VersaSpa or Mystic Tan booths create even, natural-looking color that masks scars and stretch marks. Darque Tan's pursuit of convenience is further exemplified with business hours that span seven days a week, a minimum of 20 beds per location, and rec rooms where kids can read and watch TV. A crew of professional cleaners details each of the facilities according to a rigorous 50-point inspection and tips gleaned from reading Mr. Clean's LiveJournal.
The tanning specialists at The Bronze Life manually mix organic, 100% vegan spray-tanning solutions to allow for unparalleled shade customization. Right off the bat, a consultation reveals your personal tanning goals before a streak-free spray tan adds a natural-looking hue to your skin. Techs can also add a slimming solution, which aims to tighten the skin. The Bronze Life's mobile airbrush system can gild clients at their homes or offices.
During the custom airbrush tan, a professional birthday-suit bronzer will spray each client to the desired level of darkness. The airbrushing applicator ensures an even tone, and the natural-looking solution keeps customers from being mistaken for celebrity sweet potatoes. Customers can also relax in one of Total Tan's many tanning beds, lounging in standard beds for up to 20 minutes or climbing into turbo beds for 15-minute stretches. Leg tanners provide gams with golden hues, and standup beds keep clients from developing dream-cloud-shaped tan lines. Total Tan's most powerful solar simulator, the Super Bed, delivers results in 12 minutes, allowing clients to get home in time for the hugging part of their favorite '90s sitcom.
When you step into a spray-tan booth, you set off a chemical reaction in your skin. Groupon explores of this feat of chemistry.
A spray tan isn't paint or makeup; it goes on clear. And it doesn’t affect melanin, the stuff that darkens skin exposed to sun. How does a spray tan work, then? It all comes down to a chemical called dihydroxyacetone—or DHA, as its friends call it.
DHA is a kind of sugar; like food sugars, it can even be derived from sugar cane or beets. When it's applied, it begins to interact with amino acids in the skin's outer layer and turn it darker. But it's not living tissue that it's after: DHA associates mostly with the dead skin cells that cover your body. As these cells naturally fall off over time—which they do so frequently that after about a month, you have an entirely new epidermis—the color fades gradually until it's back to its original state, usually after a week or so. That's why salons recommend exfoliating before getting a spray tan: if you remove the skin cells that will be first to fall off anyway, your tan will last longer.
If spray-tan formulas all start out colorless, how can tanning salons offer different darkness levels? They simply up the concentration of DHA for clients who want to go darker. Those new to spray tanning should be careful, however. A higher concentration of DHA could mean a more orange tint, so starting at a light concentration and working your way up—or spacing out multiple applications at the same concentration—is wise. To counteract any tangerine tendencies, some formulas add a second chemical known as erythrulose. Derived from the sugars found in raspberries, erythrulose produces a reddish tint that complements the orange tones in DHA to create a more natural-looking color.
DHA airbrush solutions—all-natural and crafted from sugar cane—are at the forefront of Suddenly Sunless’s services. Technicians custom mix the solution from five different colors to achieve a natural glow or the exact hue of an orange, whichever the client prefers. They spray it over bodies during custom airbrush sessions for a tan that lasts up to 12 days. The technician-free Pura Machine covers bodies with a moisture and prep solution before the DHA solution, which is available in six shades. The 10-minute machine session results in a tan that lasts up to 7 days.
To turn the creativity smoldering in Rocio Contreras's head from a simple idea into a client’s hairstyle requires dexterous technique. That's why the nine-year veteran merges her aesthetic sense with the technical knowledge she gained training with industry heavyweights such as Vidal Sassoon, Kadus, and Moroccanoil. Inside of A Touch of Heaven Salon, Rocio calls on these dual aspects of her art to cut, sculpt, and color hairstyles that complement each client’s personal style and goals for future limbo competitions.