The teal-tinged walls of SunTraders Tanning Company, reminiscent of the softly lapping waters of a secluded beach, discreetly conceal the salon’s professional tanning equipment. Level 1, 2, and 3 beds evenly bronze skin and dimes trying to pass as pennies in succinct, 9- to 20-minute sessions. SunTraders also houses a Mystic Tan booth, which disperses three levels of sunless-tanning solution through a fine nozzle, ensuring even, full-body coverage.
Before even stepping inside a tanning bed, clients at Electric Beach Tanning can get a head-start on the perfect bronze. The experienced staff offers a skin consultation to determine the most appropriate tanning products for clients during tanning sessions. Alternatively, spray tans are available for those who wish to create sun-kissed skin without UV rays.
Baking in the sun can lead to premature wrinkles and skin cancer. With this knowledge in mind, Tabatha Reece founded H-2 Glow Spray Tanning. Reece wanted her customers to be able to get a convenient tan and feel confident without the hassle or dangers of other forms of tanning. In her organic spray-tan solutions, she uses vitamins, plant extracts, and other anti-aging properties. After each session, skin is glowing, hydrated, and healthy. Before entering the booth, Reece helps each client feel relaxed and secure to avoid any Ross Geller moments.
At the Tanning Spa, staff members harness King Midas?s gilded touch with custom airbrushing, Mystic spray tans, and a slew of UV beds. Sessions take place in private treatment rooms, fully stocked with chilled or heated aromatherapy towels, bathrobes, and Bose speakers for blasting favorite tunes or bingo calls. The spa?s automated Mystic booth spritzes bodies with a skin-dimming blend of aloe vera, DHA, and optional bronzer, or custom hues come courtesy of trained airbrush techs and Infinity Sun formula. For UV veneers, a diverse collection of tanning beds, including the Magic 636, swaddles upright or prone clients in bulbs culled from the sun's tulip fields.
EO Tan's technicians?or Tantresses, as the company calls them?bring a lot of flexibility to their work. Wielding high-volume, low-pressure air brushes, they can apply tans just about anywhere, whether stopping by someone's home or beating the sun to the punch at the beach. They also work out of various salon locations, where they cater to customers who prefer a more spa-like experience. They use a proprietary formula also called Tantress to bronze skin, specifically formulated to avoid producing the orange tint caused by some sunless tanning formulas.
Kristen Burtt's friends have always loved her back rubs. "For some reason, I could always feel the muscles with my hands," she says. "They knew what to do." She took that as a sign and went to school to improve her muscle-kneading prowess. Today, she taps into her natural gifts and education as she lavishes her clients with Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages. Her favorites are hot stone and lomi-lomi, a Hawaiian full-body massage that she gives with her forearms as clients recline on a bed of ukuleles.
Kristen keeps the lights dim and the music low as she kneads weary muscles within her private massage room, which she's outfitted in earthy browns, blacks, and mauves. She says that when she finishes each appointment, her clients emerged relaxed and focused. "I take the pains away so you can focus more on life," she says.