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.
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.
As the tanning bed's lid closes, a cool breeze starts to blow, a gentle mist cools your skin, and the scents of aromatherapy transform a 12-minute tanning session into a miniature vacation. This S-Class bed is just one of the approximately 10 tanning options that fill each of City Sun Tanning's locations. Staffers help clients select the right bed, leading them down hallways to an iBed sunbed—which features rotating facial lights—or a X-2 High Pressure bronzing stand-up, which can bronze pallid skin in ten minutes. Alternatively, visitors step onto the AutoBronzer's open-air platform, which evenly sprays UV-free tanning solution and candy sprinkles. In June of 2009, this sunless system caught the eye of New York Magazine, which lauded City Sun Tanning for having one of the "top five spray tans." The tanning salon has also garnered accolades from Citysearchers, who for several years, named it "Best of Citysearch".
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.
At O’Live Organic Spa, clients relax amidst rooms of dark wood fixtures, stone, and rich earth tones. In this space of wood-slat walls and burnished copper paneling, patrons lay back on plush treatment tables while aestheticians luxuriate skin with handmade Eminence products. Those products are made from organic fruits, herbs, vegetables, and spices, and the spa’s staff applies them during facials, body wraps, and cellulite treatments. They also administer natural, organic healing treatments for men, and offer all-natural airbrush tans and stress-relieving massage and reiki.
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.