Laura B Salon’s owner, Melissa Pounds—who shared a bevy of beauty advice in the January 2011 issue of Quintessential Barrington—helms a crew of trained stylists armed with products from brands such as Wella, INOA, and Moroccanoil. Beauty-seekers can rejuvenate during custom services ranging from VersaSpa sunless tanning and full-body waxing to ammonia-free hair-coloring treatments. Under the bright light that trickles down from silver chandeliers, hairstylists trim tendrils into flattering ’dos as patrons relax in white leather chairs, periodically checking an oval, silver-framed mirror for any evidence that their face might be secretly concealing an outlawed expression.
Spanning more than 150 locations and six states, L.A. Tan's beautifying services polish pallid epidermises into shining, bronzed statues and brighten smiles with whitening treatments. A Level 1, 2, or 3 booth tan glows warmly with UVB rays, stimulating the body's production of vitamin D and burnishing epidermises to a brilliant sheen. UV-free spray tans, such as Mystic Tan or VersaSpa sessions, quickly glaze outer skin shells into glistening hues without exposing hides to the sun's harmful rays or pitiful knock-knock jokes.
Tan 999 Unlimited helps clients stay bronzed with state-of-the-art equipment. MyMyst Mystic Tan spray booths coat bodies with golden tanning spray, which yields a long-lasting and healthy-looking bronze skin tone. Tan 999 also offers vertical and lie-down booths with various wattage settings, allowing clients to get darker, cleaner-looking tans in less time.
Arlington Heights' Bronze Tan earns high marks among choosy tanners for its Smart Tan–certified staff, its modern standup and lie-down beds, and high-quality Australian Gold and Designer Skin lotions. Where Bronze Tan truly excels, though, is in its cleanliness. To ensure that no germs remain, staffers use hospital-grade sanitizer on every bed after every use. They also maintain a strict daily cleaning routine for the treatment rooms, bathrooms, and lobby that have earned them high praise from both the health department and Mary Poppins.
Havana Tan opened the doors to fill a void at Woodfield Mall after noticing the lack of tanning services in the area. The mall houses two hair salons and two nail salons ... but the tanning demographic was overlooked. Havana Tan completes this local mecca as truly a one-stop shop for all of your vanity needs.
Tropic Image Tan bronzes bodies seven days a week using a Norvell airbrush unit or high-wattage tanning beds. A pair of spray tans gilds epidermal terrain sans UV rays, with each sunless tan lasting up to a week. The tanning solution reacts with a naturally occurring protein to darken the skin, a process significantly less messy than bathing in pried-open ink cartridges. Alternatively, clients can opt for a month of tanning on four levels of beds, extending their sun-kissed look without risking singed lips. The tanning emporium offers free goggles to first-time customers and sells them to repeat visitors. The month-long unlimited package also includes a free spray tan. Tropic Image Tan cultivates information as well as browner bodies. Browse their FAQ page to soak up their high-wattage knowledge rays.
Stocked with five tanning beds and a seasoned staff of technicians, Toucan Tan bequeaths skin with a flawless and natural-looking glow, be it from UV light or sunless spray. Pristinely clean wooden floors and a hoard of pre- and posttan lotions lead the way from the lobby into private tanning rooms, where aqua-drenched walls set a beach-like scene. Here, color-thirsty skin can bask in a Level 1 Solaris bed—fortified with three face tanners for an extrabronze visage—or drink up an even tone in the standup SunScape 756. Alternatively, tanning techs, who come armed with up to seven years of spritzing experience, can mist bodies by hand with a UV- and chemical-free blend of açaí berries, sugar, beets, and aloe vera. In as little as five minutes, this custom tan infuses skin with a streak-free glow that lasts for up to seven days and eschews the fake orange tinge rendered by the antiquated sunless-tanning method of making out with a bag of cheetos.