Brazil Bronze Glow Bar owner Sally Blenkey-Tchassova knows how difficult it can be to get pale skin to cooperate. She spent her childhood in England applying self-tanning creams to her naturally ivory skin, trying every formula and label she could in her ongoing quest to find the perfect, long-lasting solution. It wasn't until she moved to New York City and found a passion for the highly competitive––and very tan––world of ballroom dancing, that she gracefully stumbled upon the concept of airbrush tanning. From that moment on, she decided to learn everything she could about airbrushing, daring to dream about a world where every pale person could instantly transform herself into a Brazilian goddess whenever she pleased. However, her first attempts with highly perfumed, commercial-grade formulas left her feeling sick, so she took it upon herself to build a better bronze, eventually perfecting a 95% organic product, as well as a sculpted application designed to add subtle definition to curves, décolletage, and the body's natural pinstriping.
According to New York magazine, Blenkey-Tchassova now divides her time between "the West Coast for celeb regulars and awards-season appointments" and the New York City salon, which has blossomed into an international operation recognized by numerous media outlets, including Allure magazine, which noted, "Her spray gun creates streak-free color that fades as evenly as the real thing." Salon technicians even travel to bring the airbrush experience to homes, offices, or subterranean doomsday bunkers, and further boost clients' self-confidence by planning flirty boudoir photo sessions.
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.
The certified tanning staff at Solar Salon helps darken epidermises with industry-leading tanning equipment within modern, clean facilities. The salon’s brigade of upscale tanning beds, handpicked by the owners, bronze skin with UV spectrum light while patrons relax to tunes mixed by the in-house DJ, one of the 120 XM stations, or the sonorous wails of self-tickling plants. A fingerprint-identification kiosk checks visitors into the salon, where dark hardwood floors, sea-foam-green tile, and natural light mingle to create a sense of tranquility.
Hollywood Tans NYC believes that a trip to the tanning salon should be as relaxing as a visit to a warm, friendly spa. Their newly renovated salon is decked out with pop art on the walls and potted tropical palms, and the waiting room has lemon water and icy eucalyptus towels to refresh tanners or revive any nearby koalas who have fainted. Recently upgraded private tanning booths provide five different levels of standup comfort, shading skin with anywhere from 4,200 to 15,000 watts of power in 11 minutes or less. Those going the UV-free route are also in luck, as Mystic spray-tan booths boast a totally dry, non-sticky formula that may be customized to each client's natural skin tone to leave behind a healthy, natural-looking bronze in roughly 15 minutes.
The elegant wood flooring and rustic, lumber-built furniture in Future Tan Midtown's reception area would be right at home in a quiet bed and breakfast in the country. This is no accident, though?the salon aims to offer an experience every bit as relaxing as a trip to the mountains or a visit to Colonial Williamsburg, except with puppies for the colonists. The salon pampers guests as they deepen their skin tone. Top-of-the-line UV beds help patrons build up natural tans, while automatic spray booths quickly bestow even, sunless tans. Customers can also avail themselves of the personalized airbrush services, perhaps afterwards indulging in teeth whitening.
SunBreeze operates at two extremes. In one wing of the business, clients relax beneath the warm lights of tanning beds. But temperatures drop drastically in the frozen yogurt section. Here, hot pink walls surround self-service stations that dispense a rotating lineup of frozen treats. The week's flavor selection might include classics such as alpine vanilla or unexpected options including sugar-free strawberry-banana and peanut butter, which is the same flavor fed to movies stars so it looks like they're talking. Candy, fruit, and other morsels populate a full toppings bar, where customers can sprinkle finishing touches over their custom desserts.