Seven levels of UV beds populate the private tanning rooms of Unlimited Tan?s numerous Chicagoland locations and join forces with automated spray-tanning booths to forge a war against wintry pallor. Tanning equipment tiers build upon basic level lamps to include extras such as high-pressure bulbs, aromatherapy, and cooling mists designed to keep clients comfortable and make it easier to maintain their hue over time. For the UV averse, spray-tanning booths send automated jets of pigment misting over bodies in 60 seconds, with the full, streak-free results gradually developing across 24 hours, like a whirlwind romance between sloths. Each of the salons also stocks a full supply of lotions from brands such as Australian Gold, Designer Skin, and Swedish Beauty, which works to protect skin and enhance the life of any tan.
For more than a decade, the technicians at Spray of Sunshine have been safely darkening skin using FDA-approved airbrush-tanning techniques. During 30-minute airbrush-tanning sessions, techs spray micromists of DHA bronzer, which bonds to skin to produce the appearance of a natural, even tan without the labors of lounging on a beach chair strapped to a sun-bound rocket. Tans typically last up to 10 days, depending on upkeep and maintenance practices.
The efficient tanning team can also perform mobile services at the home or office. The technicians arrive with all necessary equipment, carefully coating bodies in bathrooms or garages to avoid giving tans to already-entitled housecats.
Licensed cosmetologist Valerie Giacobbe cuts, colors, and sculpts the hair of male and female clients. Full and partial sets of foil highlights add an appearance of depth to locks, and feather extensions let one look more natural when perched on a telephone wire. She also offers complimentary bang trims, her shears thrumming softly through splits ends and unwanted curls. The rasp of emery boards and the soothed sighs that follow paraffin dips drift from her workstation, and she perks up facades with makeup and arches brows with facial-waxing services.
24 Hour Tan offers its members round-the-clock access to UV-tanning beds, red-light phototherapy, expertly applied airbrush spray tans, and an expansive stock of brand-name tanning products. The bronzing boutique’s members are granted access at all hours by scanning their fingerprints, ensuring tans are in place to impress nocturnal hamsters in the moonlit hours. Nonmembers are welcome during regular hours.
• For $40, you get a one-hour Swedish massage (an $85 value). • For $65, you get a four-layer face-lift facial (an $85 value) with a microdermabrasion treatment (a $50 value; a $135 total value). • For $69, you get a Steamy Wonder cellulite treatment (a $150 value).
At Marc Alan Day Spa, a doting cadre of beauticians, aestheticians, and massage therapists pamper patrons with a variety of rejuvenating salon and spa services. During a haircut and style, patrons partake in a consultation, where stylists consider hair type, face shape, and lifestyle. Expert hair tamers then revamp coifs into complementary fashions, washing, trimming, and sculpting locks into a bob, beehive, or bust of Aristotle.