By harnessing the bronzing essence of the fiery sun in a gentle mist, you can prove once and for all humankind's dominance over the weak, inanimate solar system. For $20, you’ll get a custom airbrush tan at Perfect Tan in Brookline (a $40 value.) Perfect Tan was voted best Boston Sunless Tanning in 2008 by Citysearchers. It's a clean and comfortable salon that specializes in helping first-time tanners get a golden glow, perfect for hiding in the suitcase in Pulp Fiction or tricking cars at intersections into slowing down.
Alexandra Berta helps clients reinvent themselves inside Impulse Hair Salon. She fashions haircuts and helps 'dos look more vibrant with highlights and color. She also hydrates parched strands with coconut oil, instead of Gatorade, and smooths frizz for months with keratin straightening treatments. In addition to hair services, aestheticians at the salon offer spray tanning, waxing, and makeup applications.
An air of refinement and sophistication radiates from Impulse Hair Salon’s sun-drenched interior where billowy curtains hang above sleek, wood floors and against garden-green walls. Floor-to-ceiling mirrors reflect a row of black styling chairs, which swivel and rise at the hands of talented hairstylists who wield products by Moroccanoil, Joico, and Big Sexy Hair to cut, color, and style locks. A secluded room shelters aestheticians who free bodies from itchy stubble using warm wax, tailor pampering facials to individual skin concerns, and transform exteriors into perfectly bronzed façades using UVA- and UVB-free tanning serums.
Fair-pelted customers choose from a bevy of sun-mirroring options inside the tanning oasis. Amid the interior’s shimmering gold tiles, guests enter Level 1–5 UV beds, inspiring skin to cultivate a bronze hue of its own. Like hand-sculpting one’s own monogrammed towels from marble, spray tanning at bosTAN is a customized process. A technician holds the airbrush tool, releasing the spray exactly where each part of the skin needs it for more effective coverage than a booth-dispatched mist can achieve.
The friendly staff at Incredible Tan provides an array of tanning services in a relaxed, comfortable setting. Traditional tanners can choose from multiple booths and beds in a variety of wattages to build glows from a loose-leaf-paper pale to a pirate-baiting gold. Enjoy verticalized vamping with six 10-minute sessions in the Perfect 10 booth ($76), or opt for a horizontal, high-pressured hug with three 10-minute sessions in the Future HP tanning bed ($61). Those looking for a UV-free hue may prefer to unlock the bronzing wizardry of the Mystic Tan, which offers three levels of spray-on color in one application. Mystic Tans darken over four to six hours, and typically last four to seven days, ensuring you'll have a healthy glow during your wedding, honeymoon, and initial divorce proceedings. Streak-free spray enthusiasts can also opt for an expert-applied airbrush spray tan. Get one full-body session ($50), or single out your face ($15) for the sunshine spritz of the airbrush tan. A number of products are also available for at-home melanin maintenance.