Owner Dominick Ameno brings tanning to a whole new level with an arsenal of UV and UV-free tanning beds and booths. Nominated by Time Out NY as a top spray tanning destination in NYC and included on CBS New York's list of Best Spray Tan Salons in New York, this West Village spot has also received a place on the hot list by the NY Post and Beauty Guide Magazine. Future Tan's Tanning Spa, which has been open since 1998, swathes physiques in deep, even glows inside a serene, spa-inspired atmosphere. Lining a low-lit hallway, private rooms boast a variety of tanning technology from high-pressure beds to base-tan builders and facial tanners to leave bodies as golden and glowing as a nuclear-powered Oscar statue. Certified male and female airbrushing artists contour corporeal landscapes with custom hues, and fully automated Mystic Tan booths bathe bodies in a DHA-based solution that reacts naturally with skin to create a deep, even-looking tan.
With all the different skin shades and undertones beneath those shades, skin color is very nuanced. Makeup companies know this and produce dozens of foundation colors. Most tanning salons, however, don't take the little nuances into account when airbrushing bodies. Beach Bum Tanning isn't like those salons. Instead of using airbrush-tanning solutions in only a few shades, its certified airbrush artists can craft more than 150 custom color combinations, giving clients "a natural, healthy-looking glow—making it as realistic as possible," explains Dante Fitzpatrick, the Director of Airbrush Design at Beach Bum Tanning in a recent interview for GQ magazine.
The Allure magazine Best of Beauty–winning salon also relies on Mystic HD booths and open-air VersaSpa booths to gild bodies with vibrant pigment. And since 1986, it has been making East Coast denizens look tan with traditional tanning beds, rather than wrapping them in ALF's fur.
With Smart Tan certification and knowledge about each tanning bed, the NY Sun Club staff helps clients fine-tune sessions to accommodate skin type and desired results. With high-quality European tanning machines that are rated for maximum exposure time, the staff helps clients choose bulb intensity and duration to darken cells gradually without burning. In addition to controlling exposure of UVA and UVB tanning rays, the trained technicians wield airbrushing skills to administer fine mist applications of sunless-tanning solution. For those who prefer the precision and metallic-sounding lullabies of robots, Mystic Tan booths employ an automated system to help clients sunlessly acquire suits of golden armor.
Allergic to the sun but addicted to self-tanning, Jeani Roth founded Organic Glow, formerly Faux Glow—a bronzing studio dedicated to giving clients a UV-free alternative to traditional tanning methods. Since opening in 2003, the business's organic sunless tanners and custom spray-tan services have garnered praise from the likes of NBC's Today and Allure magazine. Jeani spritzes bodies inch by inch during each service—using "surgical precision," according to Allure—and contours faces with her signature sun-kissed glow.
Maria Lacomme Salon’s sunlit second-story space has hosted pampering sessions for men and women since 1977. Three levels of tanning beds bronze hides with UV light, and Mystic Tan booths spray tanning solution on skin to cover up winter pallor or to-do lists written in sunblock. The staff also tends to tresses with cut, color, and waxing services.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Our spray tanning solutions are completely organic, and we travel to the client's home 7 days a week.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We started out as an airbrush makeup and hair styling company for brides, and many of our clients requested spray tans, which we still hadn't offered.
We are happy to say that our team of spray tanning pros are experienced and fully trained in spray tanning.
What do you love most about your job?
We're providing a service in the comfort of our clients' homes, which makes it easier and creates a happy environment.
A happy client is what we strive for.
We're all about providing convenience, especially in busy NYC.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
An online review was written about our services mentioning that our team's professionalism and skills made her day more memorable because of the amazing experience she received.