Inside the climate-controlled Sun Angel tanning bed, a mist carries calming scents while a sensor automatically measures the tanner's UV light sensitivity to reduce the chance of sunburn. E-Z Tan provides a customizable tanning experience to the greater Houston area with four locations, furnishing each bronzing shop with four types of UV beds, which also include the Affinity 950 Ultra Power bed which helps patrons obtain the darkest results possible. E-Z Tan clients also have a sunless option in the form of the private, self-serve Mystic Tan spray-tan booth that uses automated technology to mist bodies uniformly, from contours to crevices to extra sets of knee joints.
Marble accents and expertly maintained equipment greet customers visiting Pearland's Soigne Tans, where soul sacks can bask in an array of tanning options. Beds and standup apparatuses bronze epidermal layers with different levels depending on skin type and astrological sign, and UV-free sprays mist limbs and torsos with natural-looking, streak-free shades. Knowledgeable staff wield handpicked products by brands such as Supre and Emerald Bay to moisturize and prep skin for sunless sunning.
Guests who come inside any of Malibu Tan’s many locations are greeted with a handshake. Though that might seem like an old-school approach to customer service, Malibu Tan’s owner encourages it as a genuine way for his staff to connect with each client and provide them with customized services. For more than 15 years, Malibu’s friendly staffers have also connected with higher-profile clients—including the Houston Dymano Girls team—by helping them choose the best of each facility’s tanning options for their skin types. With UV tanning, regardless of whether a client prefers a supine or standup system, they are bound to get a strong tan, as all UV bulbs are changed 200 hours before they hit capacity or finally crack open and release a butterfly. There are also plenty of UV-free options such as VersaSpa sunless tanning, which darkens exteriors with a hydrating DHA-based solution. Each location also offers tan-enhancing products from Swedish Beauty and California Tan.
At Nautica Tan, the staff knows that darker skin isn't the only benefit of tanning. Clients also emerge more relaxed, and skin imperfections such as stretch marks and cellulite are hidden. Seven levels of UV beds coax melanin to skin surfaces, whereas spray tans give skin a sun-kissed glow without the sun or rubbing skin with a light bulb.
The staff at Glow Galveston knows that there is no one-size-fits all tanning solution. So to help clients get the glow they crave without risking skin health, the staff offers hand-applied DHA tanning mists in shades customized to complement a client's natural skin tone. Clients can wear any amount of clothes to suit their comfort level as staff create natural-looking highlights while masking skin imperfections with a light mist of tanning spray. The sessions take only 15 minutes from walking in to walking out, with golden skintones lasting seven to ten days or one walk through the carwash.
At more than 30 locations in the Houston area, clients check in at marble-fronted reception desks to meet with a member of Darque Tan's International Smart Tan Network—staff trained to determine the best path to their bronzing goals. Sessions take place in private rooms that line a column-flanked hallway, where five different levels of UV beds give skin the perfect level of tanning. Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless-tanning systems imbue clients with a hydrating, natural-looking glow, which can be customized according to skin tone, desired shade, and spirit animal. A full-time cleaning staff keeps each center in pristine conditions by referencing a 50-point inspection system. Most locations have books, televisions, and kids’ play areas to keep children entertained while adults are bronzing.
As 2009 Miss Houston USA Angy Torres knows, it doesn’t take a discriminating judge to spot the streaks of an imperfect spray tan. That’s why she counts herself among the many clients who trust Body Brushed, an airbrush-tanning studio whose trained professionals could fool even the sun with their golden, UV-free tans.
Body Brushed’s specialists carefully coat their clients' skin with a DHA-infused solution formulated to create a golden tan that can last for up to 10 days with regular moisturizing and proper maintenance. The studio’s in-office and mobile services aren’t limited to sunless tans; they can also customize bodies with airbrushed makeup, tattoos, and full tuxedos.