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 Designer Skin and California Tan.
At more than 30 locations in the Houston area, clients check in at marble-fronted reception desks to meet with a member of Darque Tan's International Smart Tan Network—staff trained to determine the best path to their bronzing goals. Sessions take place in private rooms that line a column-flanked hallway, where five different levels of UV beds give skin the perfect level of tanning. Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless-tanning systems imbue clients with a hydrating, natural-looking glow, which can be customized according to skin tone, desired shade, and spirit animal. A full-time cleaning staff keeps each center in pristine conditions by referencing a 50-point inspection system. Most locations have books, televisions, and kids’ play areas to keep children entertained while adults are bronzing.
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.
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.
Tanners browse through Sunny Beach's stock of skin-darkening equipment—including several speedy UV beds and a VersaSpa spray-tan system—and choose the tactic that best fits their bronzing fancies. Both stand-up booths and traditional beds are available in multiple wattages that toast skin to the golden perfection of perfectly toasted toast (tan times vary from 12 to 20 minutes). VersaSpa offers non-UV sprays to clients who prefer 60-second flesh revisions; seven different sprayable combinations of prep, bronze, and/or moisturizer are available to accommodate the seven ethereal manifestations of your body.