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.
FaceForward Tanning's technicians possess a lot of the same abilities as the sun—they can travel pretty much anywhere, and they tan skin to a golden hue once they're there. They do lack one key element, though: UV rays.
Instead, the beauty experts bronze bodies with a customizable organic tanning solution, which they apply via airbrush. The process helps clients look their best for weddings and other special events.
A fleet of UV tanning booths line The Islands Tanning Salon, offering four levels of intensity to give bodies their desired shade of bronze. Guests can receive the same personalized tanning experience with the salon’s VersaSpa airbrush tanning, which coats bodies in a moisturizing solution that can be adjusted to fit a client’s specific complexion.
At Beyond Bronze Tanning Spa, clients bask in airbrush-tanning mist calibrated to their individual skin tone. Alternatively, they can garner a glow by lying in a tanning bed. After sessions, patrons emerge with the kind of burnished skin that was once only attained by lying in the sun for hours or soaking in a bathtub full of dandelion petals.
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.
The trained staff members at Always Radiant Tanning wield airbrushes to spray tan their clients and add moisturizers and tan extenders. In addition to in-store airbrushing, they also specialize in mobile tanning services for weddings or special events.