At X-Treme Tanning's two locations, cutting-edge tanning booths darken skintone. During a 12-minute session in the Silver Bullet, high-powered air conditioning sweeps over the body, dampening the heat that brims from facial and shoulder lamps. Available at the Thornwood location, the I Bed takes tanning to a new level: In addition to air conditioning and facial lamps, the lay-down bed effuses aromatic scents and links with iPods. Among stand-up booths, the Super Sonic ranks as the most powerful option—it has a 7-minute max and an upgraded sound system, which means that tanners can add a new level of color after listening to Bohemian Rhapsody just 1.183 times.
Sole' Tan facilitates personalized bronzing regimens with speedy spray tanning equipment, a fleet of high- and low-pressure UV beds, and tanning products. Three levels of standup and horizontal beds cocoon clients in the powerful glow of regularly serviced tanning lamps, and airbrush and Mystic spray tans eschew ultraviolet rays in favor of quick-acting colorizing solutions. Bronzing creams and hydrating lotions from brands such as Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty fortify freshly forged glows, and staffers will specially order any product currently out of stock or swiped by a confused gold-seeking leprechaun. Sole' Tan's knowledgeable crew emphasizes safe tanning techniques, proffering thoughtful safety tips to bolster skin health.:
Inside Sahara Tans, which is decorated to evoke two very different hot spots—the Vegas Strip and the Sahara Desert—clients darken their hides in five levels of tanning beds and in Mystic Tan HD booths. Private rooms named after the Venetian and the Taj Mahal transport clients to deeper shades of bronze, and the shop's stock of lotions from brands like Australian Gold, Designer Skin, and Devoted Creations imparts tan hues sans UV rays. Sahara Tans' tanning experts are also trained in recommending the best products and routines for achieving a desired skin tone, matching results with a Pantone level of exactitude.
If humans were shaped like perfect rectangles, tanning would be easy. But since human bodies consist of various curves and nooks, the team at Tropical Lights Tanning Salon has acquired ergonomic tanning beds with built-in facial bulbs. Custom airbrush tans also adapt to body shapes, with expert technicians bronzing clients evenly and naturally.
At Hernan Prada Hair, even a simple trim is a personalized opus. The stylists here all have trained in a specialized cutting technique that snips hair according to how it naturally falls rather than taking off a designated number of inches at a 90-degree angle. The result is a custom cut that flatters each guest's hair type and face. The team takes the same kind of meticulous approach to color treatments, which range from multidimensional bi-tone hues to hand painted balayage highlights, a more precise alternative to foils. The salon also stocks organic products from Surface.
The man behind these careful methods, Hernan Prada, has devoted most of his life to perfecting them. He began working as a stylist's apprentice in Argentina at age 16. At Llongueras—known for receiving such clients as the Spanish royal family and Salvador Dalí—Hernan accrued enough know-how to move to New York and open his own venue. Now, the Scarsdale Patch reports that he's styled models for Hermes and Valentino, among other companies. Despite his closeness to celebrity, he runs Hernan Prada Hair as an inviting setting for everyday guests and eco-friendly practices.
For nearly a quarter of a century, Tanfastic Tanning Center has helped people achieve their ideal levels of bronze in a cutting-edge and sanitary facility. Overseeing the diverse selection of tanning beds and lotions, the knowledgeable staff can answer any tan-related questions to ensure clients get healthy-looking color. To maintain the highest level of cleanliness, the staff sanitizes each bed before and after every use and declines all gifts baskets containing barbecue ribs.