Although Tan FX Sun Tanning Studios ranks as the fastest-growing indoor tanning franchise in Canada, no two locations are alike. That's because the company allows its franchise owners to create fully unique salons with distinct decor and floor plans rather than the same old gingerbread dough and cookie cutter. Nonetheless, the company has an uncompromising stance toward staff quality—they require every employee to possess in-depth knowledge of tanning equipment and products. As a result, employees can develop personalized bronzing programs that account for factors such as skin type.
This personalized attention has the added effect of making a trip to Tan FX feel more like a trip to the spa. Before patrons enter a UV booth or bed, Tan FX suggests following 10 tanning tips that facilitate healthy, gradual gilding. For those who prefer UV-free tanning, the company offers Mystic Tan sprays in a quartet of hues.
Amanda MacDougall, owner of Saving Grace Hair Studio and graduate of Avant Garde, helms a seasoned staff, which includes a retro-hairstyle enthusiast and a makeup artist trained at the prestigious Blanche MacDonald Centre. When she isn't tending to the needs of her clients, she educates on behalf of L’anza Healing Haircare and travels the world, bringing back knowledge and visage-enhancing tools for her fellow stylists. Amanda strives to keep her services up to date by using the latest products and tools, such as Brazilian Blowout and the Ultrasonic Beaute Infared Iron, which applies keratin treatments without heat damage, changes the molecular structure of the hair, and seals in moisture laundered from Poseidon’s oceanic account.
Walking up the patio steps and into the historic brick building is more like walking into an elegant home than a salon. Yet inside, Zazu the Salon’s styling staff immediately demonstrates their professional skills. Freshly pruned strands fall to the floor in the hairstyling arena, where Redken-armed stylists reshape coifs and boost colour or length with highlights or extensions. In the spa room, aestheticians turn back the clock on aging faces—without twisting the nose—with customized facials, while tanning technicians call upon an all-natural tanning serum to imbue skin with a fresh-from-the-beach glow. The salon also appeals to manly needs in the gentlemen’s quarters, where the team buffs away calluses during power pedicures and detoxifies skin with hot-towel facials.
Most businesses rest on a foundation of steel or concrete, but owner Karen Legendre founded Spa Cantik on a single word—a word she learned while traveling through Indonesia: Chant’ tik. Defined as ‘beautiful, lovely, enchanting,’ Spa Cantik doubly mirrors its definition. The luxurious spa is decorated in rich earth-toned colors, towering framed mirrors, and antique furniture. But the décor is not the only embodiment of Chan’ tik; traditional spa and salon services, such as haircuts, nail care, and facials, become VIP excursions in the hands of the attentive staff. And exotic treatments such as Javanese Lulur body treatments—once practiced in Indonesian palaces— and wasabi and organic ginger baths, share the essence of Chan’ tik with every guest.
Pure Blyss Tanning & Day Spa specializes in creating glowing, healthy skin with UV tanning beds and nourishing topical treatments. Staff members diligently change the bulbs on a collection of seven booths and beds, two of which deliver "high-pressure" UVA wavelengths that penetrate deep into the skin for rich, long-lasting colour. Dark Escape lotion speeds tanning while conditioning the skin with vitamin E, and custom Casmara gel masks bathe pores in algae and botanicals to leave faces with an even, firm texture and tone. To heal cracked heels and yellowed toenails, nail technicians lavish feet in hydrating Footlogix mousse, whose oil-free, breathable formula is safe for diabetics to wear in the bathtub in lieu of a bubble beard.
By pairing UV and UV-free tanning treatments with resort-like facilities, Tan FX has become Canada's fastest growing indoor-tanning franchise over the past decade. The company's numerous locations—scattered throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba—feature modern UV-tanning beds and booths capable of bronzing bodies in as little as 10 minutes and UV-free Mystic Tan systems that apply color in seconds. To ensure all tanning contraptions are used safely and properly, Tan FX keeps its Smart Tan–certified staff up to date on the latest industry knowledge with online training programs and in-person interviews with the sun.