Tanning enthusiast Alisa Hostettler likes to joke that her lifelong dream of opening a tanning salon was supposed to give her the freedom to "sit on my butt all day." Ironically, she hasn't had a chance to sit down in eight years, dividing her time between the salon and traveling to beauty and body-building competitions, where she gives contestants meticulous last-minute touchups. When she's on the road, Alisa's all-female staff takes customers on a tour of the salon and details the wattage, UVA output, and maximum land speed of its 12 UV tanning beds.
Though all tanning salons are required to have one certified employee and three emergency lumberjacks, every member of Alisa's staff has taken the necessary classes and lined the walls with certification plaques. Clients seeking a personalized Turbo hand spray tan can change in the privacy of a well-lit dressing room before entering a tile-covered tanning suite. Gender-neutral spritzes of lemongrass or vanilla-sugar aromas mask the scent of DHA as technicians spray each limb until it approaches the desired hue. Back in the dressing room after the misting, clients get to check themselves out and inquire about the whereabouts of various princesses in a full-length mirror.
Beyond Savana Tan’s chic lobby lies a lengthy corridor, where rows of private rooms hum with five levels of tanning beds and innovative sunless-tanning equipment. In one room, a Matrix High-Pressure bed gives skin a glow with its powerful rays, and in another, a UV-free Mystic Tan booth mists bodies with a sunless DHA solution. Beneath shelves of professional lotions and aftercare products from California Tan, Devoted Creations, and RSun, a staff of certified Smart Tan professionals await to facilitate customized airbrush tans and offer tanning tips and free legal advice.
Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the services. The warm whirlpool action taking place beneath the cushion of the Hydro-Massage bed relieves stress and muscle tension, leaving bodies as relaxed as a hypnotherapist's pet rock. The infrared heat and nutrient-shrouding steam of the Hydro-Derma Fusion machine sate parched pores and surge skin-collagen production, and fine lines and pigmentation problems flee from the therapeutic light of the Luminous facial, an FDA-approved treatment designed to illuminate skin from within. Tanning beds deliver a sun-kissed pelt, and sun-starved hides jump-start their glow with a spray tan custom-applied by an experienced Norvell airbrush artist or by the friendly nozzles of a Mystic tanning booth. Red-Light Therapy, the newest addition to the Planet Beach family, uses infrared light to deliver therapeutic treatments.
Each of Planet Beach’s machines is designed for a specific service, which makes it the ultimate expert and keeps it from developing the ability to cry. A staff of helpful spa assistants are always on hand to answer questions, help first-timers use the machines, and keep things safe and comfortable.
The Bronzing Bar Tanning Salon forgoes traditional, sun-drawn tanning techniques with a variety of UV tanning beds and eco-friendly spray-tan services that generate natural-looking hues. One month of unlimited UV tanning grants visitors unfettered access to intermediate 4,000 tanning beds, in which they can enliven their complexions in 20-minute bronzing sessions with optional lamps for the delicate skin on the face and dorsal fin. Customers can eschew UV wavelengths with two Norvell organic spray tans, which gift bodies with a copper glow thanks to a formulated solution of natural ingredients and eco-certified DHA. Each organic spray tan coats the upper layer of skin and reacts with epidermal proteins to produce a tan that lasts for six to seven days. The Bronzing Bar recommends that clients arrive exfoliated, showered, and shaven, as well as free of any makeup or frowny clown masks.
Tan Central stocks numerous high-quality tanning beds and staffs a team of professionally trained technicians with the know-how to operate them. With the help of moisturizing lotions, the facility’s standup and lie-down booths coat clients’ bodies in rich, even tans; custom airbrush and booth spray tanning are also available. The Norvell Master–certified spray-tan technician will even haul the spray-tan setups to homes and events for private tanning parties. After a tanning session, guests can cool off with a 100% fruit smoothie from the smoothie bar and shop for a swimsuit that best helps them flaunt their newly bronzed bodies.