You might think that standing up while you tan would cause an unnaturally darkened scalp, but this never happens at Hollywood Tans. That's because their arsenal of signature stand-up tanning booths create an always even, natural-looking glow in as little as eight minutes. With more than 140 locations nationwide, the chain’s salons—each a veritable bronze mine for pale bodies—can also bronze physiques Mystic Tan’s Instant Tan, a sunless formula that does not contain dangerous UV-rays or infectious California boy-band harmonies. The tone-savvy staff can also help customers choose the Instant Tan formula best suited to them, matching the bronzing serums to the each person's skin tone, type, and ideal look.
At California Sun Tanporiums, nominated as one of the Top 250 Salons in the USA by Looking Fit magazine, bodies slip into a UV-free beach-bronze glow that lasts 4–7 days with Versa Spa sunless-tanning sessions. Clients step inside a private Versa Spa tanning booth, where a voice-activation system walks them through the three-step process that imparts a faux tan more natural looking than self-applied bronzers or wearing an oversize parking cone. Each session begins with a pH-balancing treatment to disperse natural oils, followed by an evenly applied mist of sunless tanner, a serum comprised of DHA, amino acids, and aloe that increases color depth and moisturizes skin without streaks. The machine-sprayed service finishes with a hydrating treatment of botanicals, soy proteins, and green-tea extracts to replenish vital nutrients, diminish fine lines, and wean skin off of its soda-pop bath addiction.
The epidermal chromatologists at 360 Degree Tans employ multiple techniques and equipment to help customers exude a robust pallor, whether or not the sun is shining. A UV-free organic airbrushing is applied by a certified technician and generally lasts from seven to 10 days, while a booth-tan session is a more traditional means of achieving the kind of healthy glow flaunted by aerobics-instructing dwarf stars.
When busy schedules can't accommodate trips to the beach, Mystic Tanning Spa helps skin get a quick, healthy-looking glow without troubling the sun. The spa darkens complexions with a range of tanning equipment, including classic UV beds and UV-free MyMyst spray booths, which privately cover every inch of skin with tanning solution in a matter of minutes. The shop's Norvell-trained airbrush artists also manually apply tanning solution to ensure even application and accent the client's natural features. In order to look tanner without actually tanning their skin, clients can instead whiten their teeth with BleachBright treatments, which create a contrast between their smile and skin without needing them to wear a black light as a hat.
At B-Tan Tanning Salon, many clients tan like elephants sleep: while standing up. The salon specializes in stand-up tanning booths that cast light on clients from all sides, thereby ensuring a tan with comprehensive coverage. These booths also typically utilize stronger lamps than the beds, shortening the length of visits while lending skin a copper sheen. Some booths don't have lights at all—the Mystic spray-tanning booth bronzes bodies with a fine mist, customized to apply a desired color.
Alongside the booths, clients can, of course, sun themselves in traditional beds. The tanning consultants gladly guide visitors toward the most suitable system for their skin type, and recommend designer skin lotions that leave bodies with a dewy glow to turn heads at the beach or the National Streakers' Convention.