UV rays gently warm skin, which is already luxuriously saturated in products from Hempz or Black Orchid. Music plays softly in the background as cooling fans send a soft chill into Sunshine-brand or quick-bronzing tanning beds. Clients emerge from their 15- to 20-minute beach-like vacation slightly darker than when they went in, ready to refresh themselves in front of a mirror using complimentary deodorant and wipes. Aside from indoor UV tanning, clients at the salon can increase their circulation and detoxify their bodies inside a far-infrared sauna or continue to decorate their skin with rockabilly jewelry from Box Wine Betty.
As a teenage survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma, owner and licensed aesthetician Amber Henson believes that a healthy skincare regime is just as important as a healthy diet and exercise. To that end, she provides complimentary makeup lessons to any clients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation and addresses her customers' skin concerns with organic and clinical treatments. Her facials can alleviate the signs of aging and acne, and her peels with organic fruit and microscopic subscription cards increase cell renewal. Amber’s care for skin starts from the follicle up, as she also offers waxing services for men and women.
Inside her cranberry-colored salon, owner Melissa Newhouse helps bodies adopt a golden glow without the use of harmful UV rays. Wielding her airbrush wand, she applies the water-based tanning solution in the client's chosen shade, fashioning a custom sun-kissed façade that lasts up to seven days or until the sun seeks redress for patent infringement. In-salon appointments generally take about 10 to 20 minutes, though Melissa can also take her pallor-fighting prowess on the road to accommodate big events or tanning parties.
Ship Shape Tanning works with all kinds of light—and not just the rays that come from its wide array of beds. There's also the red-light energy that helps facial tissue rebuild collagen, and the gentle, natural-looking glow that bounces off bodies misted with DHA-based Norvell airbrush tanner. The sun-loving, Arizona-born owners are happy to help clients navigate the wealth of options and make sure they're tanning as safely as possible if they choose the UV route.
With more than 20 locations in the greater Portland metro area and more throughout Washington, Tan Republic outfits their salons with sleek, modern designs and earth-toned walls, filling private tanning rooms with a suite of melanin-conjuring machines. Guests can choose from Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths or high-pressure tanning beds. The salons also offer dozens of varieties of lotion, each formulated for specific bronzing needs.
The certified tanning consultants at Tan 205 help bodies imitate weeks at the beach with both spray and UV tanning services. The Mystic Tan booth resides in a private room, where clients can summon the sun's spirit by sacrificing the mushrooms and truffles that so brazenly ignore it. Touch-free sensors open and close the booth and launch the five-minute UV-free darkening session. Audio instructions, like the sentient robot who taught you to tie your shoes, guide tanners through each step.