Fantasy Tanning's expert body bronzers cast a mist of Norvell tanning solution over bodies to infuse skin with a natural-looking tan in as little as 10 minutes. Wielding a handheld airbrush, the seasoned techs spritz epidermal expanses with a UV-free serum that coats beach-shy tummies, limbs, and faces in fetching hues for the sun-smacked look. Tans last for approximately 7 days with proper aftercare, which includes avoiding chlorine and refraining from paintballing in the buff.
At Image Sun Tanning, bronzing experts help their customers achieve a sun-kissed glow. The staff members guide clients into various UV tanning beds, which include both standup and lie-down models. In addition to these options, you can enhance your skin tone with custom spray tans. In these sessions, one of the studio’s skilled technicians can paint the skin in one of three hues and accent it with add-ons such as custom scents. Beyond its signature services, Image Sun Tanning has expertise in other spa treatments—the infrared body wraps can help detoxify your skin or dispose of a clingy snowman.
Inside Jamaca Me Tan, Heather expertly decorates faces using a SofTap permanent makeup system. She applies hypoallergenic pigments to the skin for perfectly arched brows and eye-catching eyeliner that produces a 3-D effect and stays put while sleeping, working out, and bobbing for apples. Also at the salon, tanning beds imbue bodies with a golden hue and a team of spray tan specialists bronze pelts in 60 seconds flat.
Stylist Kasey Hight revamps lackluster hair with styling and coloring services. Armed with 30 hours of training from powerhouse hair academy Toni&Guy, Kasey doles out in-depth consultations before building a unique look for each client. She shapes locks into fashionable coiffures and wields 20 hours of Big Sexy Hair training to amplify volume. The color specialist also brandishes Redken color products to brighten manes with partial or full highlights, eschewing the need for Christmas-light weaves.
An episode of Seinfeld once poked fun at the concept of “double-dipping” a chip, adamantly comparing the unforgiveable act to “putting your whole mouth right in the dip!” Though LunchBox (A Waxing Salon) doesn’t serve party snacks, when it comes to waxing, the spa’s waxologists steadfastly adhere to the “no double-dipping” rule. After all, it is their mission to provide a comfortable, safe, and hygienic experience, and double-dipping tools into a clean vat of wax only spreads germs.
Their commitment to hygiene also includes the use of disposable table and body covers, and when it comes to keeping clients comfortable, the staff has a few more tricks up their sleeves. First, they employ speed waxing, a method that cuts time on the table nearly in half. Second, they use wax infused with azulene—an agent of chamomile—that has anti-inflammatory properties that make it possible for even those with sensitive skin to undergo facial or body waxing with minimal irritation. The staff can also add a little frill to freshly smoothed and sculpted areas with glitzy add-ons such as glitter tattoos and eyebrow tinting.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.