In winter, the sun spends days hidden behind gray clouds, but clients of Always Tan & Skin Care stay glowing and bronzed. Voted Best Tanning Salon by viewers of NewsChannel 11 and users of KCBD and continually placed at the top in the Best of Lubbock awards by readers of Lubbock Avalanche Journal, the spacious tanning center is home to five levels of tanning beds. These powerful sunlight simulators hum within private rooms while elsewhere in the salon VersaSpa booths spray bodies with custom, sunless DHA formulas to create a natural-looking, moisturizing tan. In addition to shade alterations, Always Tan offers beautifying services such as teeth whitening and reinvigorating red-light facials.
Before their sessions, guests relax in the salon's elegant lobby, where a glimmering chandelier illuminates cushy chairs and pillows. Spread across the walls, shelves hold a rainbow of colorfully packaged lotions and skincare products so patrons can keep up their skincare routines at home.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Amazing Tans offers sunless tanning as well as a lineup of 17 UV tanning beds from brands such as Sun Angel and KBL to bronze bodies all year round. Each tanning bed keeps clients comfortable with features such as air conditioning, facial bulbs, and MP3/iPhone adapters that pump in personal playlists. Six levels of bed allow for varying intensities, and tanning lotions from labels including Luminary, Obsidian, and Sexy & Sweet further foster back-from-the-beach hues. Those who opt for a sunless spray tan step into a booth that harnesses the sun’s power in liquid form, without heating a glass of water to a bazillion degrees, and gently coats the skin in the sunless solution with automated airbrushes to produce a natural-looking tan for 7-10 days.
Stylist and aesthetician Ashley Hunt has carved out a corner for herself inside An Exclusive Salon by Tammy where she treats her clients to a menu of refreshing facials and salon services. Her skilled shears descend on overgrown locks and reshape them into chic looks for men, women, and children, and shellac manicures pamper and protect nails with durable shellac polish. Alternatively, bodies can prepare to bare themselves with waxing services and spray-tanning sessions.
Licensed aesthetician Celeste McGee abandoned more than two decades' worth of corporate ladder climbing in order to pursue her true calling: making people feel beautiful. Today, her clients can see evidence of that passion in the array of dermal services Celeste offers, from microdermabrasion and body polishing to airbrush tanning. But before she administers any beauty services, she consults with clients to foster effective and fully custom treatments.
At Delijah Salon & Boutique, stylists turn clients' hair into works of art, creating stunning new dos with expert cuts and bold streaks of color. The boutique's colorful blouses and chunky necklaces accent new hairstyles, and pair perfectly with clients' freshly manicured hands. In addition to making over hair and nails, Delijah's beauty technicians bronze bodies with organic, naturally derived spray tans during in-studio sessions or on-location mobile-tanning visits.