The staff at Hawaiian Bronze makes sure that clients use the right bed and products for their skin with a level of care that hasn't gone unnoticed. Playboy and Maxim model Nikki Cantell, an occasional customer, says, "I love Hawaiian Bronze, I've tried so many salons over the years and all I did was burn. At HB, they clearly use top-of-the-line machines and offer the best lotions for my sensitive skin."
The salon's collection of beds includes lie-down and standup units, tanning contraptions just for the legs or face, and a powerful 360-degree Italian-made model. Airbrush artists spritz on natural-looking hues in less than three minutes, and red light therapy stimulates skin to produce natural smoothing collagen. Infrared body wraps also help get bodies ready for trips to the beach or attempts to climb through silhouette-shaped holes in the wall from high school.
Though Betty Chan grew up in New York—an epicenter of fashion and beauty—she didn't discover her passion for makeup until college. She made her foray into the industry through promotions and advertising work, and along the way, she primped models for New York Fashion Week and charitable events hosted by Avon and the American Cancer Society. Betty also participated in two events for The Knot, an online wedding planner that helps brides pick their venues, set their budgets, and choreographer their wedding food fight. Today, she works as a freelance makeup artist for MAC cosmetics and utilizes the products to bring out the best in each client.
Tan ’n Time's staff of skin bronzers maintains clean, quality Tan America equipment, bestowing patrons with consistently superb epidermal bronzing. Five levels of premium beds come universally equipped with facial bulbs and cool airflow, which cuffs its air jeans and strums an air guitar. At the Colonial Heights location, Ergoline 600 beds ($19/session) douse skin suits in the rays of 52 bulbs, four facial lamps, and shoulder tanners for maximum umber tones. Refusing to be outdone, the Chester and Hopewell locations house high-pressure Matrix booths ($25/session), which dole out 12-minute sessions that leave skin tints darker than Katie Couric's nightmares. For strengthened base-tans, a month in a super bed ($42.95) gradually piles on russet affectations, and one session in a VersaSpa sunless tanner ($25) voice-guides customers to UV-free bronzing. To keep tans from stressing out about extinction, Tan ’n Time's three locations provide customers with convenient tanning options all over town.
The Spa of Pravana pairs its popular tanning services with spa treatments to help clients look and feel great. Visitors can use one of the spa's UV-tanning beds for a sun-kissed glow in as little as 8 minutes or step into a Mystic Tan standup booth for some quick spray-on color. Airbrush technicians are also available in the spa or on location to give clients a sunless tan with an FDA-approved solution instead of prune juice. Pravana also enlists the help of a board-certified doctor, licensed aesthetician, and certified massage therapist, so clients can supplement their freshly tanned physiques with youthful complexions, clear and soft skin, or relaxed muscles.
Voted Best Tanning Salon on the Wake Weekly's 2011 Best of the Best list, Ohana Tanning Salon's staff airbrushes bodies with radiant hues from brands such as Australian Gold, while Level 1 beds let tanners recalibrate skin hues in 20-minute sessions. Before beginning precision sprays, technicians position patrons to ensure even coverage and blend colors to suit individual skin types, then fit skins with golden coats that last for up to 10 days or three dips in the neighborhood acid bath. Alternatively, customers can slip into a Level 1 tanning bed at regular intervals throughout the month, building up an appealing bronze hue.
Aloha Tan employs modern bronzing technology to attractively conceal the pallor of pasty clients. Guests undergo a month’s worth of photo-skinthesis, spending up to 10 minutes at a time in basking in the rays of an Ovation high-pressure bed to give epidermises a sun-kissed glow.