At Nautica Tan, the staff knows that darker skin isn't the only benefit of tanning. Clients also emerge more relaxed, and skin imperfections such as stretch marks and cellulite are hidden. Seven levels of UV beds coax melanin to skin surfaces, whereas spray tans give skin a sun-kissed glow without the sun or rubbing skin with a light bulb.
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.
Aches and pains evaporate as the hands of licensed massage therapist LeAnn McDonald sweep over muscles for Swedish or firm-pressure massages. While noses drink in aromatherapy through their nostril-mouths, LeAnn's targeted kneading unravels the knots in torsos that form when the topsail attached to the spine gets tangled in the rigging near the ribs. Clients may also request LeAnne's mobile spray-tanning services for off-site bronzing.
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.
Inside this airy salon—bedecked with wooden crates and Parisian prints—stylists bolster each client's personal style with cuts, coloring, and hair treatments. Numerous coloring techniques, including base breaks and highlights, camouflage grey strands and provide a more youthful sheen to hairdos. Keratin and Japanese relaxer treatments help discipline the hair by keeping each lock as straight as a schoolmarm's ruler. The team also accentuates features with haircuts, and readies brides-to-be with sweeping up-dos and airbrush makeup.