Guests who come inside any of Malibu Tan’s many locations are greeted with a handshake. Though that might seem like an old-school approach to customer service, Malibu Tan’s owner encourages it as a genuine way for his staff to connect with each client and provide them with customized services. For more than 15 years, Malibu’s friendly staffers have also connected with higher-profile clients—including the Houston Dymano Girls team—by helping them choose the best of each facility’s tanning options for their skin types. With UV tanning, regardless of whether a client prefers a supine or standup system, they are bound to get a strong tan, as all UV bulbs are changed 200 hours before they hit capacity or finally crack open and release a butterfly. There are also plenty of UV-free options such as VersaSpa sunless tanning, which darkens exteriors with a hydrating DHA-based solution. Each location also offers tan-enhancing products from Swedish Beauty and California Tan.
Brushed Tanning's skilled skincare specialists bronze skins through custom spray-tanning services. Before the 10–30 minute spray session, a specialist examines the skin and custom mixes a solution based on each individual client's needs and skin tone. Bodies then receive a light misting of an organic brown-sugar-based solution, which works to help minimize the appearance of stretch marks and scars. Approximately 8–10 hours later, soul carriages achieve a sun-kissed hue without the use of permanent markers or harmful UV rays. Newly tanned layers and feelings of superiority over the solar system can last for up to 14 days.
Sunny Beach Tans spotlights skin’s radiance with an army of equipment designed to impart summery glows. UV tanners can elect to repose amid any of four sun-mimicking automatons, each boasting a varying number of bulbs and languages in which it can shape its light beams to say “effulgent.” Both the Delrey and the Santa Barbara beds enlighten horizontal tanners for up to 20 minutes, and the Matrix and the Sun Up booths envelop vertical, standing clients in faux rays for 12 minutes. Those in favor of UV-free pigmentation can pick a trio of VersaSpa sessions, during which an automated booth spritzes bodies with bronzer for 60 seconds. Each session triple-sprays patrons with a skin-preparing serum, a bronzing solution, and a moisturizer, leaving bodies as glowing and silky as a satin beach ball inflated with neon gas.
It’s all about personal comforts at Sempre-Bella, a boutique salon specializing in spray tans and teeth whitening. This emphasis is experienced in several ways, including the organic spray-tan solution that is customized to suit each client’s skin tone and smell preference. In addition, clients watch the flat-screen TVs as they lounge during 15–30 minute teeth-whitening sessions. The staff also aims to ease minds with the help of an RDA-certified dental assistant who is on hand to answer any whitening questions. To help clients maintain new looks at home, Sempre-Bella’s crew recommends products from Bella Terra’s collection of tanning lotions, Bella Terra mineral lip-glosses, and Caspah skincare.
Wrapped in Wellness' friendly staff helps bodies take on more toned and contoured forms through client-oriented services, organic products, and wraps that help clients lose up to 30 inches in one hour. Inside the tranquil wellness center, skilled technicians cocoon bodies in sundry wraps, which help bodies detoxify, tighten, and tone with all-natural minerals. In addition to body wraps and weight-loss treatments, the staff also provides detoxes to cleanse bodies and they enhance the face's youthful glow with rejuvenating facials.
Marble accents and expertly maintained equipment greet customers visiting Pearland's Soigne Tans, where soul sacks can bask in an array of tanning options. Beds and standup apparatuses bronze epidermal layers with different levels depending on skin type and astrological sign, and UV-free sprays mist limbs and torsos with natural-looking, streak-free shades. Knowledgeable staff wield handpicked products by brands such as Supre and Emerald Bay to moisturize and prep skin for sunless sunning.
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 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.