Inside Sahara Tans, which is decorated to evoke two very different hot spots—the Vegas Strip and the Sahara Desert—clients darken their hides in five levels of tanning beds and in Mystic Tan HD booths. Private rooms named after the Venetian and the Taj Mahal transport clients to deeper shades of bronze, and the shop's stock of lotions from brands like Australian Gold, Designer Skin, and Devoted Creations imparts tan hues sans UV rays. Sahara Tans' tanning experts are also trained in recommending the best products and routines for achieving a desired skin tone, matching results with a Pantone level of exactitude.
The Smart Tan–certified technicians at Sunsational Tan spray alabaster skin with a customized bronzing elixir in 15-minute spray-tan sessions. With four different color variations, the airborne pigment evenly coats corporeal planes with feature-flattering color that defies weak winter sunlight. The handheld airbrush system applies a careful layer of golden brown with a more natural nuance than the most emotive robotic butler. Each service is administered in a private room within the newly renovated salon.
Sole' Tan facilitates personalized bronzing regimens with speedy spray tanning equipment, a fleet of high- and low-pressure UV beds, and tanning products. Three levels of standup and horizontal beds cocoon clients in the powerful glow of regularly serviced tanning lamps, and airbrush and Mystic spray tans eschew ultraviolet rays in favor of quick-acting colorizing solutions. Bronzing creams and hydrating lotions from brands such as Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty fortify freshly forged glows, and staffers will specially order any product currently out of stock or swiped by a confused gold-seeking leprechaun. Sole' Tan's knowledgeable crew emphasizes safe tanning techniques, proffering thoughtful safety tips to bolster skin health.:
Eleven types of tanning beds fall into six categories at Tan & Body Centers—starting at Category 1 with just the basics and increasing in perks such as cooling fans and integrated speakers as they go up. At the top of the heap is the UltraBronz Supernova bed, which includes 1,000-watt, high-pressure lamps and a plush cushion to sink into.
Nestled inside an intimate boutique, Zuma Beach Tanning & Spa’s Matrix tanning beds grant deep, even tans to each client who steps inside them. Each futuristic bed is outfitted with high-powered bulbs that darken the skin while fortifying the body with Vitamin D. A UV-free spray-tanning session also gives bodies a natural-looking glow akin to that acquired by lounging on the beach or on the tip of the sun’s nose. Zuma's services also firm up skin through nourishing facials and tone bodies with It Works! Skinny Wraps.
At X-Treme Tanning's two locations, cutting-edge tanning booths darken skintone. During a 12-minute session in the Silver Bullet, high-powered air conditioning sweeps over the body, dampening the heat that brims from facial and shoulder lamps. Available at the Thornwood location, the I Bed takes tanning to a new level: In addition to air conditioning and facial lamps, the lay-down bed effuses aromatic scents and links with iPods. Among stand-up booths, the Super Sonic ranks as the most powerful option—it has a 7-minute max and an upgraded sound system, which means that tanners can add a new level of color after listening to Bohemian Rhapsody just 1.183 times.