Best Tanning Salon
The locally owned and operated Sun-Tana Salons has two locations that are open seven days a week — its main location at 3314 S.W. 29th St. and a branch at 2018 N.W. Topeka Blvd.
Manager Arica Hayes said Sun-Tana is the largest tanning salon in the area, which means it has enough beds that appointments aren’t necessary.
“We have six different levels of tanning, including red light therapy and VersaSpa, which is our UV-free tanning,” she said, adding the business has three UV-free tanning booths.
Many tanning salons offer only UV beds, some don’t offer spray-tanning options and rarely do they offer red light therapy, she said. Sun-Tana has offered red light therapy for about four years, but its popularity seems now to be taking off.
There are many benefits to red light therapy, Hayes said.
“It’s kind of a skin rejuvenation through light,” she said. “There’s no tanning. It helps reduce the signs of aging and acne.”
Because of the number of options, all of Sun-Tana’s staff are Smart Tan certified, which means they’ve successfully completed interactive online training.
“We do a pretty thorough training for everyone,” Hayes said, adding the training is about “helping people get the best tan possible.”
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