Chili Pepper's Tanning Inc. Megastores’ trophy case is getting full—in addition to being named one of Detroit’s best tanning salons three times in a row by CityVoter, it has acquired accolades from Local 4 and CBS Detroit, which commends its spray tanning. Its growing awards reflect Chili Pepper’s growth; since opening in 2002, Chili Pepper’s has expanded to 15 locations, spreading across Detroit like the buffalo pox.
In every location, five levels of tanning beds turn skin a sun-kissed gold or deep bronze. Mystic Tan sessions let customers avoid things associated with booth and outdoor tanning—UV rays and pool lifeguards who push you in the water to practice saving you. No matter which option they choose, patrons can turn to knowledgeable Smart Tan–certified staff members who help clients decide what is best for their tanning goals.
At Total Tan, tanning is a luxurious experience as much as it is an aesthetic treatment. For evidence, look no further than the KBL 6800 Alpha tanning bed, one of many state-of-the-art beds and booths the facility carries. The bed’s canopy, bench, and face tanner imbue bodies with a rich and even tan, throwing in a healthy dose of vitamin D3, as the air fills with eucalyptus aromatherapy, a cool breeze and mist from the built-in air conditioner, and the sounds of soothing music or Morgan Freeman whispering lullabies from the MP3 player. A total of 30 beds and booths each boast their own pampering and bronzing components, but don’t worry, a trained staff is on hand to help you pick the equipment that’s right for your skin tone. UV-free tanning is also available via the VersaSpa full-body tanning booth, and LED tray teeth-whitening systems harness the power of light to make pearly whites pearly whiter.
Since opening its doors more than 20 years ago, Sundays Sun Spa—formerly known as Sundays Tanning Salon—has become the go-to place for guests looking to get bronze and lean in a spa-like environment. Curtains and crawling vines line the earth-toned studio, where certified staff members fastidiously maintain each piece of equipment with a 10-point sanitation procedure. Airbrush artists craft custom tans with a gold-plating mist made from natural, paraben-free ingredients. Their selection of high-pressure horizontal and standing UV beds sport fresh lamps for quick doses of color. To help slenderize bodies, they power up the Formostar infrared-body-wrap system, which is designed to boost metabolic rates and diminish cellulite while burning calories during a relaxing treatment.
In order to spread sunshine across Detroit dermises regardless of season, VIP Tanning keeps its tanning technology future-compatible and its salon clean enough to inspire envy among surgeons. The VersaSpa Professional Skincare System skips the burns and vulgar graffiti caused by old-fashioned star-based technologies and instead showers exposed skin with a pH-balancing and conditioning primer, followed by a spritz of bronzer and a hydrating and firming spray that locks in color and smoothes away fine lines. The air-purification system keeps the oxygen breathable, and the Comfort-Dry technology air-towels you off between sprays. The session takes ten to fifteen minutes, and the tan lasts up to seven days, commonly known as a “sevener.”
With four levels of UV tanning beds, three shades of airbrush tanning, in-booth teeth whitening, and anti-aging red-light therapy, Maui Tan is a one-stop shop for pre-beach beautification. UV beds do double duty when customers opt for teeth whitening; the stain-shooing formula is activated by the tanning bulbs' heat and light, which also attract moth-like tooth fairies for touchups. Antioxidant-rich, UV-free tanning elixir is layered onto skin by a human technician instead of a one-size-fits-all booth, helping to create a custom, natural look. Red-light therapy harnesses infrared beams designed to increase circulation, repair damaged skin, reduce joint pain, and smooth uneven pigmentation.
In the lobby, bright green leaves arc out of vases to visually pop against red walls, creating vibrant color contrast amid mod leather chairs. The spa is open seven days a week.
Image Sun Tanning Center’s professional tanning consultants add sun-kissed color to their clients' bods with a variety of airbrush services and tanning beds. Before patrons begin tanning treatments, specialists perform a complimentary skin-type analysis, which gauges the proper tanning equipment, power, and session time to prevent burning while building a deep base tan. The salon’s private tanning rooms stock up to four levels of UV beds, which use variable doses of bronzing rays to gradually build up a golden complexion like a game of patty-cake with King Midas. Sun-shy clients can bypass ultraviolet exposure inside a Mystic Tan booth, which spritzes pasty torsos in just minutes. The high-end tanning tonic dries quickly, leaves skin oozing a breezy tropical scent, and—like the embarrassment of calling your boss "Dad"—fades in about one week. The salon also supplies a stock of tan-enhancing lotions from brands such as Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin.