With more than 20 locations in the greater Portland metro area and more throughout Washington, Tan Republic outfits their salons with sleek, modern designs and earth-toned walls, filling private tanning rooms with a suite of melanin-conjuring machines. Guests can choose from Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths or high-pressure tanning beds. The salons also offer dozens of varieties of lotion, each formulated for specific bronzing needs.
Inside her cranberry-colored salon, owner Melissa Newhouse helps bodies adopt a golden glow without the use of harmful UV rays. Wielding her airbrush wand, she applies the water-based tanning solution in the client's chosen shade, fashioning a custom sun-kissed façade that lasts up to seven days or until the sun seeks redress for patent infringement. In-salon appointments generally take about 10 to 20 minutes, though Melissa can also take her pallor-fighting prowess on the road to accommodate big events or tanning parties.
The certified tanning consultants at Tan 205 help bodies imitate weeks at the beach with both spray and UV tanning services. The Mystic Tan booth resides in a private room, where clients can summon the sun's spirit by sacrificing the mushrooms and truffles that so brazenly ignore it. Touch-free sensors open and close the booth and launch the five-minute UV-free darkening session. Audio instructions, like the sentient robot who taught you to tie your shoes, guide tanners through each step.
Pale skin tones enter Bronze Betty Tanning, only to re-emerge as glowing and beach-ready after putting in time with a King Bravo tanning bed. The salon pairs guests with a board-certified tanning consultant, who walks them through the experience, and together they decide what level of tanning would be appropriate. Airbrush tanning is also an option. In addition to imparting glowing copper skin, the salon helps guests perspire away toxins in the far-infrared sauna that uses heat to spike metabolisms and flush away impurities during a session that takes 30 minutes, like dream-world high school. Bronze Betty Tanning also offers teeth-whitening sessions where clients can make their smile brighter in as little as 15 minutes.