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Fantasy Spray Tanning at Spa Greystone

Fantasy Tan, creators of spray tanning

During your Fantasy Tan session at Spa Greystone, a professional will spray the special tanning formula onto your body. The amino acids on the surface of your skin naturally respond to the DHA and other complementing ingredients in the tanning formula to produce a natural looking, beautiful sunless tan. Tons of color options are available to perfectly match your skin type!

All of the mess and the problems associated with tanning creams and automated spray tanning booths are eliminated with Fantasy Tan at our day spa in Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama. A streaky mess, orange palms or dirty looking knees and elbows are a thing of the past. Fantasy Tan is tailored to your individual skin tone and your desired look. Five unique formulas can be mixed to precisely match what you want.

Spray Tanning — Invented & Perfected by Fantasy Tan

Spray tanning is the safest and easiest way to achieve a natural-looking tan that you can be proud to show off. Amino acids in your skin respond naturally to the DHA and other tanning formula ingredients to produce a beautiful sunless tan.

Fantasy Tan Frequently Asked Questions

How does Fantasy Tan work?

Fantasy Tan is a unique method of spray tanning at Spa Greystone. An air compressor applies a DHA-based solution to your skin. A large spray nozzle is used for most of your body along with an airbrush for detail areas such as fingertips and the hairline. This method, using this type of equipment, allows for the most precision and the most natural-looking sunless tan.

How is Fantasy Tan different from other spray tanning?

All spray tanning is not created equal! A Fantasy Tan looks great because of superior application, equipment, formulas and technician training. The Fantasy Tan application equipment uses a quiet, medical-grade air compressor that provides the strong airflow required for a smooth and even application. All other brands of spray tanning use cheaper turbine motors, which are essentially a reverse vacuum cleaner that blows instead of sucks. Fantasy Tan's solutions have been formulated with precise amounts of DHA and do not need to be "caked on" like other brands to achieve your desired darkness. Lastly, our technicians are trained in person, not via a DVD or online videos like most technicians. The end result is a natural, healthy-looking tan that you can feel confident while wearing.

What is DHA, and is it safe?

DHA, the main ingredient in Fantasy Tan's sunless tanning products, is a simple, non-toxic sugar often derived from plant sources such as sugar beets and sugar cane. When applied to the body, DHA responds to the amino acids on the outermost layer of skin, changing its color to a tan tone that looks beautiful. DHA is completely safe. Fantasy Tan also offers nasal filters for people to feel more comfortable.

Is "the more DHA the better" a true statement?

No! You don't want a glob of DHA any more than you'd want to wash your hair with an entire bottle of shampoo. All of the extra shampoo doesn't make your hair any cleaner, it just creates a big mess and wastes money. Similarly, companies that make concentrations of 10, 15 and even 20% DHA are just setting their customers up for a tan that looks bad, dries out the skin and feels tacky to the touch. A custom-blended formula that matches your skin tone is the best way to achieve the most realistic color.

How is a tan from DHA different than a tan from a tanning booth or the sun?

DHA reacts with the amino acids in your skin to change the color temporarily and naturally, generally lasting about 7 to 10 days. The effect is completely safe and is temporary because the outer layer of your skin is continually replacing old cells with new ones. Both the sun and tanning booths darken the skin by exposure to ultraviolet radiation. When exposed, cells known as melanocytes produce brown pigment called melanin, which darkens the skin as a natural defense against UV radiation.

Why do some tans make people look orange?

Unnatural orange tones are usually the result of either too high of a concentration of DHA in the tanning formula or over-application of a concentrated formula. Other companies generally offer only one color and their formulas often contain DHA levels that are too high to deliver a natural-looking tan. If you're not careful, you can also end up with an orange look by using automated booths and at-home tanning lotions.

Do Fantasy Tan's solutions contain any cosmetics or colorants?

Yes. DHA takes 8 to 12 hours to realize its full color potential. Five of the Fantasy Tan solutions are mixed with cosmetic bronzers to give your skin a beautiful cosmetic tan while the DHA is activating. Two of the solutions are clear and do not contain any cosmetic bronzer. Your skin will gradually darken over the first 8 to 12 hours until it reaches its full color potential.

Why does Fantasy Tan have five different tanning solution colors?

To make sure that your technician at Spa Greystone can always deliver the precise color that you want. Most other companies only offer one or maybe two colors, so they are forced to attempt to adjust the color by applying more or less solution. This "trial and error" process often results in error more often than not with orange and/or dried out skin.

How long does a Fantasy Tan last?

The average result from a Fantasy Tan is 7 to 10 days of color. Factors such as skin type, activities and maintenance may cause results to vary.

How long does Fantasy Tan take to apply?

A full body session takes about 10 minutes at our Birmingham, Alabama day spa depending on equipment settings and your technician's technique. Your first visit to Spa Greystone may take longer so we can discuss your skin type and desired expectations.

Can I use Fantasy Tan if I'm pregnant?

The application of Fantasy Tan has no known side effects. As a precaution, women who are pregnant should always consult with your physician or other qualified health care provider before receiving a spray tan or any beauty or skin care application.

What does it mean when you say the equipment makes a difference?

Fantasy Tan is unique because it has a mini spray gun for tanning the bulk of the body and an artistic airbrush for fine detail work. Detailing is important when applying solution to troublesome areas such as the face, hands and feet. Other companies use a single vacuum cleaner powered spray gun that can only spray in wide patterns. These larger guns lack the capability for fine detail because they were originally designed for painting wooden fences, siding and furniture rather than people. Instead of an artistic tanning experience, they leave you feeling as if you were hosed down, with a wet and sticky "I can't wait to shower" feel.

Can I buy Fantasy Tan equipment and do it myself at home?

No. Fantasy Tan's equipment and solution is available only to qualified salons and other professional service providers.