The staffers at Solar Planet do more than lavish visitors with meticulously clean salons, indulgent extras, and the power to don a sun-kissed glow in less than 20 minutes. Each employee is Smart Tan certified, meaning they possess the training to design personalized tanning schedules for clients seeking an instant or lasting glow. The specialists also know every detail of Solar Planet’s fleet of tanning beds, which range from traditional beds to standup capsules, the style most conducive to tanning lawn flamingos. At some locations, custom airbrush tanning sessions enlist the help of a certified airbrush artist who highlights the body’s features with strategic strokes in a custom bronzing hue. Over its 25 years in business, Solar Planet has also added sunless tanning booths, a stock of buyable bronzing lotions, and far-infrared massage capsules, which simultaneously massage muscles and inject them with therapeutic heat like a nap in an automatic bread maker.
In the heart of Dupont Circle, Body Rays Tanning's high-end technology browns a clientele, which includes news anchors and professional dancers, with four styles of bed and organic spray tans. During consultations, technicians recommend appropriate exposure times and bed technology for clients’ bronzing goals, which may range from a subtle glow to fitting in with their penny collections. Alternatively, Mystic tans and organic airbrush tans speedily spray physiques, leaving behind sunlessly bronzed skin. The sun-kissed yellow walls evoke days at the beach, and the salon stays open seven days a week for maximum convenience.
The tanning experts at Tan Line cut down on the tedium of waiting for skin to darken inside a bed. Instead, they expedite epidermal color with sessions inside three vertical tanning machines that never exceed 10 minutes. VersaSpa sunless tanning sessions dole UV-free glows with clear or dark bronzers that contrast sharply with the dazzling smiles gained from the studio’s 20-minute ShineWhite teeth whitening treatment.
Friends come in handy when one needs a shoulder to cry on or a body to experiment on. Luckily, Fit to Be Tan owner Heather Boss has many. After researching non-UV-based tanning methods in 2007, she began experimenting with airbrush tanning, perfecting the combination of solution and technique after many trials on her willing friends. After word spread from her happy test subjects, Boss opened Fit to Be Tan, which focuses on airbrush tanning and healthy skincare. She uses natural, organic solutions that bronze the skin without relying on harmful rays from the sun.
The tanning experts at Body Bronze aim to send clients out of their clean, peaceful salon in a flash. Three levels of UV stand-up beds make color-seeking sessions pass by in up to half the time of other tanning solutions, sending clients on their way with a quickly-gained glow. Just a few spritzes of Mystic Tan UV-free bronze bodies with streak-free color that's up to five shades darker than their natural skin tone, while the InfinitySun eco-friendly airbrush treatments create the same reaction in the skin that the sun does, but without the harmful rays and obnoxiously cheerful birdsong floating in on the breeze.