Seven days a week, Darque Tan's clients can bronze their bodies with the more than 20 tanning beds and spray-tan booths lining each of Darque Tan’s 100 salons across the US. Each location's tanners are kept highly sanitized, undergoing a 50-point cleaning inspection by a separate cleaning staff to ensure all of the tanning beds, both stand-up and lie-down, and UV-free Mystic Tan booths remain in tip-top tanning shape. Clients new to tanning or bronzing up for a special occasion can work on a personalized tanning game plan crafted by one of Darque Tan’s knowledgeable staffers, each of whom must pass a detailed training program before hitting the salon floor. Most Darque Tan salons also boast a Kid Zone, which provides a safe haven for youngsters to wait, watching TV shows, reading a book, or using their imagination to grow a tail and chase it.
Founded in Tempe in 2006, Brazilian Blow Dry Bar is now home to a roster of stylists hailing from all corners of the United States. Whether they started by the turnpikes of Jersey, along the sun-sprayed shores of California, or within the underground cloning pods of Ohio, the hair tamers now cater to customer whims with services that keep clients coming back. Custom cuts help 'dos stay in line with seasonal trends, while Original Brazilian Blowout straightening treatments leave locks straight and glossy in the face of humidity or a kiss blown from the sun.
Licensed aesthetician Brooke Jones of Skin By Brooke specializes in hair removal and custom facial treatments. Whether she is wicking away unwanted eyebrow hairs or eliminating back blemishes caused by bathing in cold cream, Brooke performs all procedures with care, ensuring safe treatments for even the most delicate skin.
On the Skinny Wrap & Spa runs on the veteran know-how of two eccentric ladies. Owner Karen—former star of VH1's Mob Wives—teams up with Melina—a licensed massage therapist and Army National Guard soldier—to beautify clients with a range of services, from infrared body wraps to hydrotherapy sessions to massage therapy rooted in Swedish, deep-tissue, and LaStone techniques. Other services include facials and photofacials, seaweed body wraps, solar body bronzing, and packages designed to kick stress to the curb so it can befriend stray cats.
The aromatic artisans at Lotions & Potions infuse handcrafted specialty fragrances into an array of lustrously scented goods. With more than 400 aromatic choices, the final scent could cull from your particular olfactory preferences, pass as a convincing duplicate for a more pricy designer smell, or be reverse-engineered to frighten ghosts. Whatever the final fragrance, the store’s skilled apothecaries will manifest it in your chosen form, whether that's an 8-ounce bottle of shaving gel ($11), a 1.25-ounce glass of body mist ($7), or an 8-ounce multipurpose bath and shower gel, available in six colors and concentrated enough for use as a bubble bath ($10). Essential oils such as bergamot, clove, and spearmint are available for living room aromatherapy, while beanpod candles mask any domiciles' predominant eau de kangaroo farm with rich scents such as angel amaretto, cinnamon bun, and raspberry lemonade (4.5 oz., $10).
Convenience comes first at Celebrity Tanning, where a plethora of metro locations, extended hours, and a large lineup of tanning equipment ensure clients can achieve a sun-kissed glow with minimum fuss. Four tiers of UV beds offer escalating amenities that add to the comfort and efficacy of tanning sessions, incorporating extra facial tanners, aromatherapy, MP3 hookups, and inspirational posters of famous suns from other galaxies. For more immediate results, the salon’s automated Mystic Tan booth sends sweeping jets of misted bronzer over bodies to create a streak-free tan that lasts 7–10 days after one 60-second session. The staff of tanning specialists can help customers choose the right type of session for their skin or budget, answering any questions that may come up. Tan-prolonging lotions from brands such as Australian Gold and California Tan are also available to enhance the depth and duration of a tan without equipping clothes with UVA bulbs.