Cindy Barshop may have a familiar face. She gained reality-TV fame as a cast member of The Real Housewives of New York City, but she found success much earlier when the Madison Avenue spa she founded more than 10 years ago grew into a hair-removal brand known throughout the country. Completely Bare’s waxing specialists dab bikini lines with the shop’s proprietary blend of ouch-less wax, which adheres to hair instead of skin to avoid the painful pull that often accompanies a waxing session. The blend is hypoallergenic and does not cause acne, which makes it ideal for depilating sensitive skin and touchy bodily zones. Routine waxing sessions add extra sparkle with the salon’s vajazzling service, which bedecks newly hair-free spots with up to 70 Swarovski crystals arranged into such shapes as hearts, stars, peace signs, and MPAA ratings. The spa specialists also migrate beyond the below-the-belt area to polish the rest of the body with facials, laser hair removal, spray tanning, and teeth whitening.
Owner, Dominick Ameno, brings tanning to a whole new level with an arsenal of UV and UV-free tanning beds and booths. Nominated by Time Out NY as a top spray tanning destination in NYC, this West Village spot has also received a place on the hot list by the NY Post and Beauty Guide Magazine. Future Tan's Tanning Spa swathes physiques in deep, even glows inside a serene, spa-inspired atmosphere. Lining a low-lit hallway, private rooms boast a variety of tanning technology from high-pressure beds to base-tan builders and facial tanners to leave bodies as golden and glowing as a nuclear-powered Oscar statue. Certified male and female airbrushing artists contour corporeal landscapes with custom hues, and fully automated Mystic Tan booths bathe bodies in a DHA-based solution that reacts naturally with skin to create a deep, even-looking tan.
Maria Lacomme Salon’s sunlit second-story space has hosted pampering sessions for men and women since 1977. Three levels of tanning beds bronze hides with UV light, and Mystic Tan booths spray tanning solution on skin to cover up winter pallor or to-do lists written in sunblock. The staff also tends to tresses with cut, color, and waxing services.
You might think that standing up while you tan would cause an unnaturally darkened scalp, but this never happens at Hollywood Tans. That's because their arsenal of signature stand-up tanning booths create an always even, natural-looking glow in as little as eight minutes. With more than 140 locations nationwide, the chain’s salons—each a veritable bronze mine for pale bodies—can also bronze physiques Mystic Tan’s Instant Tan, a sunless formula that does not contain UV-rays or infectious California boy-band harmonies. Voted "Favorite Tanning Salon in North Jersey" by an independent readers' pole in Suburban Trends magazine, Hollywood Tans of Riverdale can also help customers choose the Instant Tan formula best suited to them, matching the bronzing serums to the each person's skin tone, type, and ideal look.
At In Bloom Tanning, American Tanning Institute–certified employees help customers to achieve deep bronze glows with a mélange of tanning services. Featuring four levels of tanning beds and a domesticated solar flare, In Bloom’s luxurious Ergoline, Wolff, and MegaSun beds offer customers of every skin type a range of UV tanning options. For a sunless treatment, expert techs coat skin with a DHA-based formula. Unlike the plot of a documentary observing grass grow, spray tans develop quickly, providing a sun-kissed glimmer in as little as 15 minutes.