For Liquid Sun owner Natalie, spray tanning is more than just a career; it’s personal. After watching her mother battle and survive skin cancer, she knew she couldn’t just watch the UV-tanning epidemic grow unchecked. She decided to open a tanning salon solely dedicated to UV-free methods, creating a space where she could help clients get the rich dark tans they desired while educating them on the risks of UV exposure.
Natalie uses two styles of organic, hypoallergenic solutions, one for classic spray tans and a darker specialty hue that she uses during weekly tanning appointments with the Washington Wizards cheerleaders. Both solutions have hydrating and skin-firming properties and are free of fragrances and ingredients that could clog pores, such as liquid cement. Her hand-applied tans stay put for 7–10 days, giving clients the perfect hues they need for big events such as weddings, vacations, and proms. Natalie uses two styles of organic, hypoallergenic solutions, one for classic spray tans and a darker specialty hue that she uses during weekly tanning appointments with the Washington Wizards cheerleaders. Both solutions have hydrating and skin-firming properties and are free of fragrances and ingredients that could clog pores, such as liquid cement. Her hand-applied tans stay put for 7–10 days, giving clients the perfect hues they need for big events such as weddings, vacations, and proms.
Across more than 100 locations, Hollywood Tans’ seasoned technicians turn pallid complexions bronze with their selection of UV tanning beds and spray tan booths. No appointment is necessary thanks to their vertical tanning booths, which toast epidermises in less time and with less UVB rays than traditional lay-down beds. The low- to mid-pressure booths have a maximum tanning time of 10 minutes, or one really drawn-out, operatic version of Happy Birthday. For a UV-free tan, automated Mystic spray tanning booths tint facades in shades ranging from glow to dark.
To step into SunBright Tanning Salon is to be splashed with brightness, from the lime-green walls and neon-orange couch in the lounge to the blue glow of the horizontal and standup Pacifica and Saturn beds. The other gleam emanates from clients who have already used the salon's services, which include a Mystic Tan automated system that coats skin with a DHA-based solution. This solution not only bronzes bodies for up to seven days but also hydrates the skin, just as pulling the fire alarm hydrates a science fair.
With more than 140 salons nationwide, Hollywood Tans has left its richly toned mark on bodies from coast to coast. Four varieties of vertical HT-manufactured booths welcome clients to bask in their UV glow and walk out 10 minutes later looking like a bronze statue of themselves. Instant Tan spray systems powered by Mystic Tan yield an even, natural tan in the shade of the client's choice that lasts up to seven days.
At Image Sun Tanning Centers, tanning beds and custom airbrush tans give skin a golden glow. To keep skins healthy and tans rich, Image Sun stocks its shelves with skincare products as well. Products include Designer Skin and Australian Gold skincare and bronzing products that prolong deep tans.
Staffed by a team of professionals that deliver everything from haute new hairstyles to eyelash extensions, Yvonne's Day Spa has received particular attention from sources such as MSNBC's Today Show for its unique Fish-y-cure pedicures, which rely on tropical fish to exfoliate feet. Toothless Garra rufa, or doctor fish, hail from the freshwater world's top medical schools, but have been invited stateside for the gentle way they nibble dead skin from between the toes, as guests relax into a leather massage chair and dangle their feet in the creature's warm, watery habitat. After watching the treatment soar to popularity, and dedicating countless hours to learning to breed and care for his tiny aestheticians, co-owner John Ho franchised the idea and made it the signature of all Yvonne's locations. CBS rated the spa's manicures and pedicures as among the best in the DC area in 2011, as they extend beyond the aquarium to include OPI products and high-tech UV gel?curing methods. Stylists offer guests soda and coffee before offering scalps nourishing sips from bottles of hair care products including Goldwell, Nexxus, Matrix, and Paul Mitchell. Hot stones and glass cups gain healing powers in the hands of Yvonne's massage therapists, and ingredients including sea salt, honey, and cappuccino lotion infuse many treatments to leave skin glowing with health and ready for a snack.