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.
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 Swedish Beauty and California Tan.
Brushed Tanning's skilled skincare specialists bronze skins through custom spray-tanning services. Before the 10–30 minute spray session, a specialist examines the skin and custom mixes a solution based on each individual client's needs and skin tone. Bodies then receive a light misting of an organic brown-sugar-based solution, which works to help minimize the appearance of stretch marks and scars. Approximately 8–10 hours later, soul carriages achieve a sun-kissed hue without the use of permanent markers or harmful UV rays. Newly tanned layers and feelings of superiority over the solar system can last for up to 14 days.
Sunny Beach Tans spotlights skin’s radiance with an army of equipment designed to impart summery glows. UV tanners can elect to repose amid any of four sun-mimicking automatons, each boasting a varying number of bulbs and languages in which it can shape its light beams to say “effulgent.” Both the Delrey and the Santa Barbara beds enlighten horizontal tanners for up to 20 minutes, and the Matrix and the Sun Up booths envelop vertical, standing clients in faux rays for 12 minutes. Those in favor of UV-free pigmentation can pick a trio of VersaSpa sessions, during which an automated booth spritzes bodies with bronzer for 60 seconds. Each session triple-sprays patrons with a skin-preparing serum, a bronzing solution, and a moisturizer, leaving bodies as glowing and silky as a satin beach ball inflated with neon gas.
Inside the climate-controlled Sun Angel tanning bed, a mist carries calming scents while a sensor automatically measures the tanner's UV light sensitivity to reduce the chance of sunburn. E-Z Tan provides a customizable tanning experience to the greater Houston area with four locations, furnishing each bronzing shop with four types of UV beds, which also include the Affinity 950 Ultra Power bed which helps patrons obtain the darkest results possible. E-Z Tan clients also have a sunless option in the form of the private, self-serve Mystic Tan spray-tan booth that uses automated technology to mist bodies uniformly, from contours to crevices to extra sets of knee joints.
Bronzing beams and sun-free scintillation services hone hues of every sort at Tan Masters II. Shade shamans blend concoctions customized to individual skin types before applying an artful eye to airbrush skin with a UV-free glow. Sessions typically last a fleeting 15 minutes. Sprayed solutions are sugar-based and freshly scented, making an airbrush application ideal for immediate romps through fields of dandelions or fields of delicious pie.
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.