Upon entering the softly lit interior of Caribbean Tans, guests are bathed in the appropriately golden glow of hanging pendant lamps. After checking in with receptionists behind a desk of cream-and-tan tile, they'll pick up complimentary goggles and towels before proceeding to a room. Trained staff members illuminate visitors on the nuances of each tanning option, from all-natural SunFX airbrush bronzing to a variety of UV beds equipped with satellite radio.
The OC Tan brings the sparkling soulshine lingering within each customer to the surface through a variety of tanning services. The Elixir tanning bed ($20 per session) envelops tanners in 51 body bulbs—one for each U.S. state—for 12 minutes of air-conditioned tanning. Disappear into the Mystic Tan spray booth ($35) as a pale newspaper reporter and emerge 60 seconds later as Supertan, the poorly named hero with a healthy glow. For those who love the taste of tanning bulbs but hate the sound of laying down, the Solarforce 652V ($20) offers a 10-minute tan in a stand-up unit that can accommodate clients up to seven feet tall. The ultimate in tan architecture at The OC Tan, however, is the King 420 bed ($40), which combines aromatherapy, aquatherapy, and a non-claustrophobic design into 12 minutes of high-pressure tanning. A five-minute airbrush tan is also available ($55), with custom application and results lasting up to a week.
RejuveNation Body Wraps helps clients achieve beach-ready physiques with contouring body treatments and tanning services. Amid their space’s warm chocolate- and tangerine-hued walls, staffers pamper clients with herbal-infused wraps, designed to tone skin and gradually diminish cellulite and stretch marks leftover from weight gain or swallowing watermelons whole. Tanning experts then create bronzed masterpieces in the tanning booth, or direct clients to the salon’s own line of cleansers and firming lotions that they can use at home.
At Bella Mia Fashion, women can revamp their wardrobes, creating entire ensembles with dresses, blouses, pants, and skirts. Gals can garb themselves in current style trends without selling their gold fillings, as every article of clothing in the store costs $40 or less. Beyond apparel, customers can nuance outfits with accessories such as scarves, belts, and jewelry.
Ever since they plugged in their first bed in Los Alamitos in 1997, the expert tanning technicians at Glow Tanning Company have dedicated their professional careers to keeping bodies bronzed and beautiful. Today, they've filled their Long Beach location with efficient, high-tech tanning systems designed with every client in mind. From powerful generation beds that work in one-third the time of older models to UV-free Norvell spray-tans delivered by a certified master technician, the salon adds sun-kissed tones to all who enter. In addition to the tanning systems themselves, the Smart-Tan-certified technicians are also versed in other areas of of the bronzing process, ready to dispense advice about which lotion is best for a particular skin type or how to minimize unwanted UV exposure during tanning sessions.
Glow Tanning Company is also home to Glow Waxing and Sugaring, where licensed cosmetologists expertly shapes their brows or smooths their bikini lines. A complimentary numbing cream helps prevent pain during intimate waxing and sugaring treatments; afterwards, a steam towel treatment eliminates any lingering stickiness. Techs also observe high standards of hygiene, using antibacterial solution to cleanse all waxed areas after treatment.
Within the sleek black interior of Sun Elite Tan awaits a host of tanning beds and UV-free tanning equipment. The centerpiece of the collection is the Sun Angel bed, which contains an overexposure-preventing sensor, 52 UV lamps, high-pressure shoulder tanners, and an integrated sound system that lets guests listen to music or recordings of Alec Baldwin reciting pi to the billionth decimal. Alternatively, the salon’s technicians can customize Infinity Sun spray tans, applying even coats of bronze in about 20 minutes. No matter what treatments they select, guests can lounge in a modern waiting area with chic globe chandeliers and a flat-screen television.