Darque Tan's arsenal of beds, booths, and nourishing lotions infuses visiting bodies with sun-kissed color. Along with at least 20 tanning beds, each location brims with tan-savvy staff members—each certified through the International Smart Tan Network—who can work with you to customize a program based on your tanning goals, skin type, and relation to black-and-white movie starlets. Sessions take place in private rooms that line a column-flanked hallway, where five different levels of UV beds give skin the perfect level of tanning. Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless-tanning systems imbue clients with a hydrating, natural-looking glow, which can be customized according to skin tone, desired shade, and spirit animal. A full-time cleaning staff keeps each center in pristine conditions by referencing a 50-point inspection system. Most locations have books, televisions, and kids’ play areas to keep children entertained while adults are bronzing.
UV light from five levels of tanning booths and beds sets all-white interiors aglow at Total Tan's two locations in West Hollywood and Marina Del Rey. Designed by upscale brands such as Ergoline and Matrix, each bronzing chamber cossets clients with amenities including voice-guided operated controls, music, and cooling fans that pump air directly from Total Tan's sister salon in the Antarctic. Patrons can enhance sessions with lotions from brands such as California Tan and Australian Gold.
Alternatively, custom airbrush spray tans evenly coat skin with Infinity Sun solution, whose cocktail of DHA and pure botanicals leaves bodies bronzed for up to 10 days. Inside Total Tan's cellulite bike chamber, infrared lights work to smooth cellulite problem areas as the client pedals a stationary bike at 75% maximum heart rate in an attempt to escape the nearby stationary rottweiler.
A modern, glass-laden façade lures guests into the tanning salon's sleek lobby, whose slate floors and walls surround modern furnishings and vibrant artwork. Sunstyle Tanning's 7,000-square-foot facility houses a corridor lined with private treatment rooms that feature Ergoline sunbeds and VersaSpa spray-tanning systems. The spa's Smart Tan–certified concierges work to help guests to choose from an assortment of tanning apparatuses, which range from sensor-controlled UV-tanning beds to custom spray tans. Patrons may also take advantage of a fully stocked vanity bar and park their car or motor-unicycle in the spa's private lot.
Constance Armstrong, founder of Lala Lash, tends to lid fringes with skills honed over 500 training hours under the wing of the land's top eyelash-extension technicians. From synthetic to silk to mink, Armstrong expertly adheres strips or single strands to lids for a glamorous, fluttery look. Her website outlines helpful lash-care tips, such as avoiding the humid heat of steam rooms and the volcanic fissures found in most spas, as well as using only easy-rinse mascara. Lala Lash also helps train aspiring eyelash artists, teaching the secrets of lash application, removal, and care.
Sunset Tan helps clients maintain a year-round glow by giving them access to a range of UV beds by UWE as well as sunless spray options by Infinity Sun and Mystic Tan. The salon keeps its doors open late, allowing clients to steep in the UV rays at hours that suit their work schedule or sneak in well after the sun has gone to bed.
Chocolate Sun provides environmentally friendly, organic sunless treatments that were named the best in LA in InStyle's 2009 Beauty Blackbook. The all-natural formula uses flowers, herbs, plants, salts, and sugars and is alcohol-, paraben-, and ghost-free. Each treatment is customized to suit your skin tone and takes about 10 minutes to cover your entire body, from head to toe to head of the inverted subterranean anti-you. Not only will your skin achieve a natural looking, vegan tan without the unpleasant odors in most chemical solutions, it will be imbued with skin-healing antioxidants and conditioners, including green tea and cocoa-bean extract. SPF 30 is included in the solution, allowing you to shatter incoming sun rays until you shower or are caught beneath the tongue of a giant puppy. Call ahead to make an appointment.