I would give this place -400 stars if possible, but alas, Yelp has not given me the option.
Alright, let's get to it.
PART ONE: SURPRISES IN THE LOBBY!
I purchased a Groupon for a Mystic Spray Tan, one of my faves! I finally went in to redeem it some months later and was very surprised that in addition to what I had already purchased (via Groupon), I had to purchase the color formula itself AND an accelerator to evenly distribute said formula. Can someone please specify where in the fine print it noted the additional charges that would be incurred at point of service? So ultimately, I paid the full price of the spray tan, and my Groupon was rendered useless. AWESOME, great experience so far, and I've only been to the front desk!
PART TWO: WHY IS EVERYTHING SO DRY?
Prior to coming in for my appointment, as any professional fake-tan connoisseur will advise, I exfoliated my body head-to-toe. My skin was smooth and lotion-free--primed and ready for maximum formula absorption. I apply two layers of the barrier cream to my hands and feet, and enter the Mystic Tan. I've done this SO many times in the past, I know the drill, "Left Foot on 1, Right Foot..." But what I notice is that it feels like I am being sprayed solely with air. I mean, I saw the technician put the formula in the slot, but even after stepping out, my body was completely dry. (Whereas in the past it would've been slightly tacky to the touch.) I was advised there was a new formula, and this might be part of the change. Regardless, I was initially happy because I didn't have to worry about clothing transfer, etc. So I leave the salon and drive home to watch Netflix and absorb.
PART THREE: WHERE'S MY TAN? OH, THERE IT IS.
The technician advises to wait 6-8 hours before showering or sweating so the tan can fully develop. I received my tan at approximately 3pm on Friday afternoon, and wait until 8:30am Saturday morning to shower. It's fourth of July weekend and I am striving to be the tannest chick on the scene. To my surprise and dismay, there is zero tan development. I am just as pale as I was when I went in to the appointment. #DISTRESS. I have no time to tan because I am going out of town. Fast forward to right now, Sunday morning, I am sitting in a chair drinking coffee when I look down at my feet and am reminded of my childhood. Mind you, my childhood in Alabama, running barefoot across the ORANGE CLAY. My feet seem to have absorbed the ENTIRE TAN. This has been the worst tanning experience of my entire life.
ISSA NO from me. But 10/10 if you love terrible surprises/being very pale/being distressed.