When MTV’s MADE was in town and needed to complete a dramatic makeover for the episode “Ladies Man,” the show knew whose door to knock. As L Spa Modern’s experts bronzed the episode’s Don Juan-in-training, they added yet another tan to the more than 25,000—including thousands of wedding tans—they’ve completed in the past nine-plus years. The salon’s automated airbrush platform darkens skin to a choice of three shades in just 10 minutes so guests can get in and out and on with their plot to mock the eternally pale moon. Before or after sessions, clients can sip complimentary cappuccinos, mochas, and lattes, or 14 kinds of tea.
For Glo On The Go owner Gail Ward, tan skin seemed like an impossible dream. With a strong history of skin cancer in her family, she knew tanning beds and booths were off-limits and turned instead to bottled tanning lotions and creams, trying nearly every one she could find with less than ideal results. So when Gail’s sister Esther told her about airbrush tanning, she decided to give it a shot—and was amazed to discover she had finally found a method of self-tanning that worked for her skin type and, best of all, looked natural. She was so impressed, in fact, that she decided to open her own tanning salon in order to share airbrush tanning with melanoma survivors and other clients concerned about the adverse health effects of traditional tanning.
Eight years—and 30 spray-tan-solution tests—later, Gail took her commitment to counteracting paleness one step further by developing her own line of custom spray-tan solutions. The custom formulas allow Gail and her staff of skincare experts to match clients’ skin types to the solution best suited to their needs. The Clearly Tan Light solution, for example, is ideal for skin that burns easily, whereas the salon's go-to formula, Beautifully Bronzed, is fortified with anti-aging and skin-strengthening ingredients such as amino acids and vitamins A, C, and E, making it an ideal option for nearly anyone, but especially those looking to avoid scurvy.
Heralded in Tanning Trends magazine, True Colors Tanning introduces skin to advanced bronzing technologies at a number of Louisville-area and southern Indiana locations. Each of the five levels of standup and lie-down ultraviolet-tanning beds is equipped with specialized cooling systems and ergonomic surfaces to maximize client comfort. Alternatively, experienced staffers can apply airbrushed tans or spray tans by Australian Gold in the time it takes to count 180 seconds using a laser-guided system.
In as little as 12 minutes, patrons can bronze their bodies in Tanning Haven’s Matrix bed. It is outfitted with more than 22,000 watts and six facial tanners. Less intense tanning options, such as base beds and standup beds, are also available and allow clients to relax for up to 25 minutes each session. For those wanting a glow sans UV rays, an airbrush tan or dip in a bath of melted pennies does the trick.
"We have no regular beds or level 1 or level 2 reflector beds. Tiki tan is different then any compatitor. We start off with a level 3 bed in all Tiki location's. This means beds with more wattage per lamps, reflector lamps, and some Tiki's ;eve; 3 include 3 facials.