Chili Pepper's Tanning Inc. Megastores’ trophy case is getting full—in addition to being named one of Detroit’s best tanning salons three times in a row by CityVoter, it has acquired accolades from Local 4 and CBS Detroit, which commends its spray tanning. Its growing awards reflect Chili Pepper’s growth; since opening in 2002, Chili Pepper’s has expanded to 15 locations, spreading across Detroit like the buffalo pox.
In every location, five levels of tanning beds turn skin a sun-kissed gold or deep bronze. Mystic Tan sessions let customers avoid things associated with booth and outdoor tanning—UV rays and pool lifeguards who push you in the water to practice saving you. No matter which option they choose, patrons can turn to knowledgeable Smart Tan–certified staff members who help clients decide what is best for their tanning goals.
Windsor Beauty Supply enables shoppers to stockpile arsenals of products for hair, nails, and skin from brands including Sexy Hair, Hollywood Style, and Fusion Beauty. Nails gilded with shiny coats of OPI nail polish ($10.95) ensure colourful table-drumming solos, and Osis hairstyling products ($18+) help head owners sculpt locks into chic shapes. A Macadamia Natural Oil holiday box ($25) promotes festive, silky smooth hair with products infused with real macadamia oil, argan oil, and oil pressed from an uneaten fruit cake. A host of Pupa makeup ($6.95+) accentuates features with products including vibrant eye shadows, rich lipsticks, and wink-enhancing mascaras.
At Total Tan, tanning is a luxurious experience as much as it is an aesthetic treatment. For evidence, look no further than the KBL 6800 Alpha tanning bed, one of many state-of-the-art beds and booths the facility carries. The bed’s canopy, bench, and face tanner imbue bodies with a rich and even tan, throwing in a healthy dose of vitamin D3, as the air fills with eucalyptus aromatherapy, a cool breeze and mist from the built-in air conditioner, and the sounds of soothing music or Morgan Freeman whispering lullabies from the MP3 player. A total of 30 beds and booths each boast their own pampering and bronzing components, but don’t worry, a trained staff is on hand to help you pick the equipment that’s right for your skin tone. UV-free tanning is also available via the VersaSpa full-body tanning booth, and LED tray teeth-whitening systems harness the power of light to make pearly whites pearly whiter.
Since opening its doors more than 20 years ago, Sundays Sun Spa—formerly known as Sundays Tanning Salon—has become the go-to place for guests looking to get bronze and lean in a spa-like environment. Curtains and crawling vines line the earth-toned studio, where certified staff members fastidiously maintain each piece of equipment with a 10-point sanitation procedure. Airbrush artists craft custom tans with a gold-plating mist made from natural, paraben-free ingredients. Their selection of high-pressure horizontal and standing UV beds sport fresh lamps for quick doses of color. To help slenderize bodies, they power up the Formostar infrared-body-wrap system, which is designed to boost metabolic rates and diminish cellulite while burning calories during a relaxing treatment.
In order to spread sunshine across Detroit dermises regardless of season, VIP Tanning keeps its tanning technology future-compatible and its salon clean enough to inspire envy among surgeons. The VersaSpa Professional Skincare System skips the burns and vulgar graffiti caused by old-fashioned star-based technologies and instead showers exposed skin with a pH-balancing and conditioning primer, followed by a spritz of bronzer and a hydrating and firming spray that locks in color and smoothes away fine lines. The air-purification system keeps the oxygen breathable, and the Comfort-Dry technology air-towels you off between sprays. The session takes ten to fifteen minutes, and the tan lasts up to seven days, commonly known as a “sevener.”
Since opening the doors of their first location in 1997, Club Soleil has bronzed more than 46,000 Detroiters. The staff constantly switches out the lamps in the salon's collection of seven levels of beds and stand-up booths to keep tan times quick and the sun on its toes. For a UV-free glow, automated misting booths distribute 5 ounces of Magic Tan solution through 36 individual jets that coat the body evenly from head to toe. Certified tanning associates educate clients on the risks and benefits of each system as well as products for moisturizing the skin and extending the life of the tan.