Anytime Tan Tanning Club first powered up its trio of German-made tanning beds in September, 1985, during the peak of the decade’s indoor-tanning boom. But just as bulky car phones and shoulder pads have faded away in the years that followed, Anytime Tan Tanning Club has stayed on top of trends by acquiring the latest equipment for its eight area locations.
The staff members at each location can pair clients with all manner of machines, from powerful Ergoline beds and booths to innovative sunless-tanning solutions from VersaSpa. For added vanity, most of the salon’s locations offer professional teeth-whitening services. And the Robinson location even provides Evolv sunless tanning and innovative red-light therapy, which aims to diminish signs of aging or the fact that someone enjoys napping on pizzas.
At the clean and colorful Bahama Breeze Tanning Salon, owner Sara Levine focuses on giving clients a comfortable, speedy tanning experience. Her equipment includes top-of-the-line Sun Ergoline machines—five levels of standup or lie-down UV tanning with internal cooling systems—as well as a Mystic Tan spray-tan booth that mists skin with natural-looking color in seconds. Levine's team changes out the tanning bulbs before the manufacturer-recommended time period so that each client has an optimal session. They also stock lotions from Designer Skin, California Tan, and Swedish Beauty in the reception area, where the black-and-white animal-print chairs bring to mind sleeping zebras or meditating referees.
Salon Cristianna's nimble-fingered staff cultivates happy hair with brand-name products such as TIGI, Framesi, and Paul Mitchell. During a European haircut, swift scissors make short work of unwanted head stalks, leaving only the most attractive strands ($15–$25). Customers can reward their hair for its loyalty by offering it coloring services, such as a single-process hair coloring ($60) or full-head foils ($99). For model weddings, Salon Cristianna performs bridal stylings ($55), and harnesses the elemental power of wind to complete styles with a quick blow-dry ($17). In addition to hair services, the salon also pampers natural nails with mani-pedis ($49.95).
The staff members at Hollywood Tans guide their customers to the best tanning options for their skin types with a variety of booth and bulb intensities and their own specialized line of indoor tanning lotions. In addition to the high-performance stand-up tanning booths, they also offer UV-free tanning options powered by Mystic Tan.
Returning back east after working under Robert Cromeans—the global artistic director of Paul Mitchell—in his California salon and traveling hair shows, Sergio Pampena succeeded his father as the owner and driving force behind Sergio’s Style. Sergio works closely with the junior- and senior-level stylists who call his Paul Mitchell Focus Salon home, including three who spend their spare time as national educators for Paul Mitchell. His stylists begin cuts and colorings by ushering clients to the wash house, an alcove situated behind a towering wall of falling water where muscles relish a head and neck massage as soft music trills from speakers and well-hidden carousels. While stylists work, clients can watch their hair color getting mixed at the floor’s color bar or affix eyes on a wall-mounted flat-screen television. Though Sergio’s stylists are chiefly concerned with haircare, a menu of waxing, spray-tanning, and makeup services are available to complement fresh cuts.
Hair Geometrics houses seasoned stylists who engage hair with precision snipping, inspired styling, and dynamic color services. An expert neatly trims tresses before styling mops into a flattering 'do or a functional coat rack. Clients can opt to enhance cuts with partial highlights dealt from the Hair Geometrics cache of high-end hair products. The salon's sleek black barber chairs comfortably envelop guests and wall-size paneled mirrors reflect their new looks or any extradimensional beings they have summoned.