Nine locations all exhibit South Beach Tanning Company's signature funky decor: multi-colored chandeliers, intentionally warped mirrors, and festive neon walls. Amid these mod accents, clients can indulge in four levels of tanning beds, each equipped with extras such as built-in surround-sound speakers for relaxation during tanning. Those looking for a UV-free alternative can enter the VersaSpa sunless-tanning booth, where oscillating airbrushes coat bodies in a custom bronzing solution.
Sunny Kisses Tanning Salon features UV tanning beds and booths, Mystic Tan spray-tanning booths, and airbrush tanning. An area staple for more than 20 years, the salon prides itself on its helpful staff. The crew can answer all of clients’ questions and help them choose tanning methods that are right for them. With a large stock of lotions, accelerators, bronzers, and moisturizers on hand, Sunny Kisses is equipped to provide its clients with healthy, even tans.
Paradise Tan expedites a hot, slow process with three levels of UV beds and two spray-tanning options along with a team of mobile airbrush artists ready to take their spray tans on the road. Five UV beds and booths boast sessions no longer than 15 minutes; the high-pressure Supersonic shortens the time to 7 minutes and the Sungate boasts special facial bulbs and shoulder tanners. Armed with Norvell solutions and a light touch that has brought them to weddings, beauty pageants, and body-building events, the airbrush technicians evenly coat limbs in a natural, golden color that develops in as little as 1 hour. A VersaSpa spray-tan booth spritzes a custom misting to let visitors emerge bearing a sun-kissed appearance without the gaudy hues of the sun's cut-rate lipstick. Lotions from Designer Skin and Ed Hardy speed the process by increasing circulation and moisture, and Tykini bikinis imported from Brazil reveal results. Evincing their dedication to vitamin D, the staff keeps the salon open every night until 10 p.m.
Anticipating the arrival of a client he knows both by name and music preference, Glow Tanning Center co-owner Brandon Kemp strides down to the client’s usual chamber and tunes its Pandora radio to her favorite tunes. Kemp also helps clients navigate the center's three levels of UV tanning by creating custom "game plans" and by unfurling a spool of thread to follow back to the front door. The plans combine the use of tanning lotions with a varying regime of visits to the center’s high-pressure UWE beds and speedy upright booths that clients use in 10-minute increments.
In an adjacent room, co-owner Meg Dewall loads a color cartridge into her airbrush. Dewall has airbrushed the toned abs of fitness models and bodybuilders and the rippling upper lips of Elvis impersonators for a decade. Through years of creating quick, custom tans, she has come to rely on a bronzer from Norvell, a formula that eschews dyes because they can cause skin to look orange. The equipment is minimal, so she can also bring her monochrome art kit and a special tent to hotel rooms and private residences for tanning parties and convenient touchups.
The staff at Delray Tan Company & Spa keeps bodies bronzed with an array of tanning services. Their traditional UV beds range from Levels 1 to 5, aiding everyone from casual tanners to the most devoted color seekers in their quest for the perfect tan. The HD Mystic tanning booth use automated technology to spritz self-tanning formula on bodies from head to toe in five different colors to fit skin types. The shop's Fantasy airbrush tans, meanwhile, rely on a trained technician to apply an even glow that accentuates the client's best features and lasts 7–10 days.
B-tan Tanning Salons have a sleek, modern look that starts immediately in the reception area. There, modern chairs, a streamlined reception desk, and a flat-screen television foreshadow the 15 pieces of advanced tanning equipment waiting out of sight. These stainless-steel booths wrap around clients to evenly bronze with nonacrylic bulbs that, like the most ineffective beach umbrellas, let as much light as possible hit the skin. The beds and booths also keep UVB rays to a minimum, reducing the chances of burns. Yet clients can forgo UV altogether with spray tans from the Mystic Tan booth, which lets clients customize their shade and reap a beach-worthy glow in just 60 seconds.