During custom airbrush-tanning sessions, a quick first-visit consultation outlines guests' needs before Lifetime Tans' body bronzers spray a natural-looking glow onto epidermal canvases. Trained technicians armed with a handheld tanning system mist anatomies with even coats of custom bronzing potions to deepen the hue of paled complexions. For an additional fee, guests can bedazzle skin with an optional gold-leaf shimmer for a golden-brown finish that shines as brilliantly as a bonfire fueled by encyclopedias for up to three days.
A self-contained air-conditioning unit, extra large lounge, and canopy speakers are not the amenities of some luxury sailboat or private-beach cabana—they are just a few of the features found in Tanning Oasis's high-tech UV tanning beds. From the Silver Bullet with its extra facial lamps to the Montego Bay Viper with its wrap-around lights and teleportation option, the beds here are some of the most advanced in the bronzing biz. For those who prefer a different tanning option, the MagicTan spray-tan booth spritzes on an even glow in under 60 seconds that lasts up to a week.
For the past 31 years, Tan Your Hide's proprietors have witnessed every innovation in UV and sunless tanning, selecting the best and most current technologies to outfit nine locations. European Ergoline UV tanning beds darken skin tones at seven levels of intensity that mimic seven different tropical vacations. Tan Your Hide's representatives replace each bed's bulbs a minimum of four times per year, maintaining their capacity for perfecting pigmentation. Heated Mystic HD tanning booths spritz physiques with an even coat of healthy color. Customers can also purchase commercial-grade tanning beds for use at home. Tan Your Hide's interest in skin perfection doesn't end with coloration—its UV-free Beauty Angel red-light-therapy booth stimulates production of collagen, elastin, and internal spandex, improving the condition of skin all over the body. The device's floor vibrates to tighten connective tissues and thereby reduce the appearance of cellulite.
The warm embrace of the sun's rays is only available during daylight hours—a weakness in the competition that the savvy owners of Touch-N-Tan 24/7 have already begun to exploit. Open around the clock, the salon bronzes bodies with UV tanning beds calibrated to three different intensities. For a UV-free alternative, guests can enter the Pura spray-tan booth, where a mist of bronzing solution coats bodies in a natural-looking, streak-free tan.
Inside Executive Tans' welcoming salon, a quartet of UV-tanning beds and an experienced airbrush-tanning artist await to burnish skin in a sultry summer glow. The selection of UV bed styles includes one standup booth and the Classic Legs bed, which only tans the gams to match more naturally tan upper bodies or to even out sock and ankle-watch tan lines. Coating bods in a UV-free tan, the trained staff wields an airbrush wand to spray skin in a finely textured pigmented mist, leaving skin with a streak-free glow lasting for five to seven days. Patrons can don one of the salon's paper bikinis or bring their own swimsuit, resting assured that the nonstaining spray easily washes out of clothing.
The salon's shelves are stocked in a variety of tanning lotions, which hydrate skin while prolonging tans for weeks of beachside strolls or parading around Antarctica to make the citizens jealous.
"I'm an artist and I started out in cosmetics … I just really enjoy helping people look great," says Alichia Ryan. Whether it is through the application of Extreme Lashes extensions, makeup, or an Infinity Sun airbrush tan, Alichia takes joy in enhancing appearances and boosting confidence levels. She has been a licensed aesthetician since 1997 and once owned her own Merle Norman studio outside of Los Angeles. Always learning about the latest beauty techniques and technologies, she holds certifications in microdermabrasion and permanent cosmetics, as well as an endorsement for Ad Vinci teeth whitening from the Vitruvius Man.