Are you ready to become Shady?
Everyone's skin is different, which means your Shady Tan might not look the same as your client's- yes, even if you use the same solution! The best way to predict results? Know what category your client's skin falls into- this will help you and clients set realistic expectations for their tanning experience.
So it's their first time, huh?
Have a client that isn't quite sure what to expect when getting a Shady Sun spray tan? Here are our main questions answered for you by other first-timers to help you guide them.
When to Book
Most clients have ideal results when they book 1-3 days before their event. Keep in mind, the Day 1 of your tan begins 24 hours after their treatment session. Our tans typically last 5-7 days on average, with many clients keeping results for closer to 10-14 with proper prep and aftercare.
Need to book the same day? Rapids are the way to go!
What to Wear
This is completely up to you and what you feel comfortable tanning- as well as what your client is comfortable exposing. Spray tans are not like laying out at the beach or hopping into a UV bed, whatever they leave on their skin will produce a very crisp and prominent tan line that will remain for the life of their sunless tan. After the session, clothing that is loose and baggy is always best!
You've seen it all & tanned it all, so just have them be comfortable!
Encourage your clients to start thinking about their tanning goals before their session. Do they have a favorite celebrity? A picture of them from last summer? Or just a verbal idea? Great! Anything, clue-wise, as to what they are ideally after will help you pick the correct solution and DHA concentration for them. Also, talk to them about their skin- what it does in the sun and if they have any conditions. All factors matter.
If you're stuck between a range, either create a custom blend or pick the lighter of the two options for first-timers.
Nails & Hair
Have clients get their nails did at least 24 hours in advance! This is the easiest method to ensure natural-looking results. All waxing (48 hours) and shaving (24 hours) should also be done before their spray tan.
Remember nails & hair before the tan.
For even more info, see our FAQ page!
The Shady Tanning Experience
Feel free to use the info below for your websites or marketing materials to help your clients get the most out of their first Shady Tan!
Shave your legs and any other areas of your body the day before. Shaving is a form of exfoliating and when done after the tan can cause an unflattering spotty look. This will be hard, but make sure to avoid perfume, deodorant, oil-based lotions or soap, and make-up on the day you have your tan- we need a fresh, bare canvas. Using a grainy scrub is best- check out our Shady Polish for best tanning results.
Tip: For best results, make sure to keep skin moisturized days prior to appointment and prep the evening before your session.
Your Personal Tanner will help you prep for your session- applying lotion to specific areas, covering hair, etc. If you have any sensitive skin conditions, please notify your personal tanner before the spray tanning application.
Tip: For richer color, we recommend scheduling your appointment in the evening, waiting until the next morning to shower gives the skin more than enough time to evenly absorb the solution.
The Shady Life
Please try your best not to touch your sunless tan with your hands, prior to your first water rinse. The active ingredient may transfer color to your palms. If this should happen, gently rinse the palm of your hand with the lukewarm water to remove any undesired color. Wait 6-8 hours before showering, swimming or doing vigorous activities where you could be prone to sweating. For best results, we recommend sleeping in your airbrush solution if you tan at night. After your shower, gently pat dry. Do NOT exfoliate or rub your skin with a towel. Now's the fun part- show off your gorgeous glowing skin. Welcome to a Shady summer, any month of the year!
Tip: Be sure to keep skin moisturized, for best results we recommend Shady Afterglow twice a day.