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.
The staff at The Solar Lounge takes the guesswork out of sunless tanning. They evaluate each client's skin type upon request, to help determine how he or she can attain the most natural-looking tan. UV tanning beds are available in six configurations, some with air conditioning and misting systems to keep tanners cool so they don't have to put ice cubes in their bathing suits. VersaSpa spray tanning steeps skin in long-lasting color. Finally, the hydration station seals in moisture to keep skin supple and detoxified.
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.
As 2009 Miss Houston USA Angy Torres knows, it doesn’t take a discriminating judge to spot the streaks of an imperfect spray tan. That’s why she counts herself among the many clients who trust Body Brushed, an airbrush-tanning studio whose trained professionals could fool even the sun with their golden, UV-free tans.
Body Brushed’s specialists carefully coat their clients' skin with a DHA-infused solution formulated to create a golden tan that can last for up to 10 days with regular moisturizing and proper maintenance. The studio’s in-office and mobile services aren’t limited to sunless tans; they can also customize bodies with airbrushed makeup, tattoos, and full tuxedos.
The owner of Tan Expression & Spa began as a professional eyebrow threader, quickly learning which beauty treatments her clients held close to their hearts—all of them. This experience inspired her to send her business hurtling headlong into the beauty world with a robust repertoire of services, including henna tattoo design, European waxing, airbrush-tanning sessions, and makeup applications with MAC cosmetics. The skilled beautician aims to pamper each spa-goer, and she takes care to tailor every service to meet the client's specific expectations and beauty needs. She also incorporates an aesthetician’s extensive knowledge of skin’s texture, tone, and witty personality.