Rockstar Tan's team of trained technicians darkens patrons to their preferred hues with a mélange of traditional and UV-free tanning options. MyMyst spray tans let robotic tanning techs enrobe skin in four variable shades of DHA, bronzers, and ground-up Malibu Barbies, with results that last up to one week. For even more customized sunless tans, trained technicians wield the Infinity Sun custom airbrush system, which incorporates a mixture of antioxidants and botanicals into a browning formula engineered to last from one to two weeks. Standup and bed-style models of three-star UV tanning booths are designed to reupholster birthday suits in as few as four to five 10-minute sessions—the same amount of time it takes the sun to turn a vampire into a bronzed beach lifeguard.
At Sun Spa Salon, hairstylist Nicole Brungardt sculpts tresses into face-flattering shapes. Nicole is part of a team of seasoned stylists who primp tresses with haircuts and highlights, bronze skin with tanning booths, and keep their boutique stocked with handbags, flip-flops, jewelry, and animatronic doubles of their customers.
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.
Island Tan OC believes everyone looks better with a tan, and it helps clients achieve that sun-kissed glow with traditional horizontal tanning beds, standup booths, and spray tanning. Its gold-level standup booth keeps bodies cool with body fans, which circulate air more efficiently than staffers frantically waving their arms. Bronze-level reclining beds come with client-controlled facial tanners, and Mystic Tan spray booths and custom airbrush bronzing offer UV-free options. After a gilding session, patrons can further adorn their limbs with the shop's supply of bikinis, jewelry, and makeup.
Ranging in power from a light sizzle to the concentrated energy of a thousand miniature suns, the eight tanning beds at Blazing Beds Tanning lend patrons sun-kissed color at the intensity of their choosing. Unlike a sweltering day on the beach or sitting in the kitchen with the oven on, patrons stay cool while getting color thanks to in-room air-conditioning. The center’s techs also embrace bulb-free tanning, misting skin with air-brush solutions customized to skin color and type. Patrons can supplement their unsun-worshipping sessions with accessories including bathing suits and lotions.
A tan can accomplish a lot for the skin: it can add a golden luster, highlight muscle tone, and even hide imperfections. The one thing it shouldn’t do, however, is damage skin. Experts such as Kim at Spray Tan California assist clients in protecting their skin and making it look the way they want it to look. Kim is an expert in sunless sprays, so she can custom apply two layers of safe, hypoallergenic, oil-free DHA sprays to skin to bring out a glowing color that stays for up to seven days. She can apply the color in just 15 minutes at her studio or remotely at a place of her client’s choosing—just not at the National Archives in front of the perfectly tan Declaration of Independence. With this process, she ensures that tan lines disappear in time for special occasions.