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 more than 140 locations across the country, tanners stand and Hollywood Tans delivers. Each salon has an average of 15 Hollywood Tans–manufactured standup booths that gilt pelts with high-performance bulbs, resulting in speedy tans. Since each location offers so many booths, no appointments are needed and clients are rarely asked to wait around or scrounge for scraps of sunlight. For a UV-free experience, the salons furnish their glow spas with Mystic Tan, a standup spray-tan booth that operates at four levels in less than a minute. To keep hides healthy, the shops stock their own brand of lotions, skincare products, and shower gels.
The staff at Tan Factory bronzes their clients’ birthday suits with UV-free airbrush tanning for the entire body, enlisting the manmade sunshine found in California Tan products. During the 20-minute sessions, tanning technicians slather hides in sun-kissed hues that can last from 7–10 days or until clients tumble into a vat of Liquid Paper. Tan Factory continuously seeks out current technology and supplements its spray applications with lotions from Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty. Tanning mavens recommend exfoliating beforehand and wearing loose clothing to the sessions, and recommends that customers avoid any moisturizers, fragrances, and laser-light shows on the day of the treatments.
Visitors to Solar Escape Tanning Lounge are granted a natural golden glow courtesy of one of many tanning beds and booths. The tanning spa?s collection of skin-enlivening equipment includes Matrix tanning beds with MP3-player compatibility, products by Devoted Creations and sunless products by Norvell.
Beach Bum Tanning's high-tech beds, sunless booths, and tailored beauty treatments regularly appear in press outlets such as Allure magazine. The salon's heated Mystic HD booths spritz bodies with vibrant pigment while warming skin to ensure optimal and even color saturation without having to bear-hug King Midas. Certified Airbrush Artists also implement customized airbrush tans over 150 ways by using a combination of fine-point-guided and wide-point-guided guns to shade and contour a custom-tinted tan to the body's curves, bends, and highway overpasses.
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.