Product Knowledge

Applying Extra Solution

Everyone has heard it, and many people have tried it – A double coat of solution will darken the outcome of the spray tan. What if we told you that this is 100% unnecessary and, in the long run, a waste of your money? Not only is layering your solution needless, but it can also cause a lot of unwanted problems with your client’s spray tan! With the summer months coming up and with your clients wanting a fresh off the beach glow, be sure you are trusting your solutions and knowing the difference between layering solution and layering cosmetic bronzers!


What is the difference between DHA and Bronzers, and why do we use them?

Dihydroxyacetone, or DHA for short, is the crucial ingredient in Spray Tan Solutions. SJOLIE’s DHA is naturally derived from Sugar Beets and Sugar Cane and, when applied to the uppermost exposed layer of skin, works with your amino acids producing that beautiful tan pigment.

Cosmetic Bronzers are a bonus to most solutions; these dyes allow for companies like Sjolie Sunless to offer formulas to complement a variety of skin undertones. You’ll likely hear these solutions referred to as “violet based,” one among many. Cosmetic Bronzers are made from dyes, some using natural and other synthetic dyes. The Cosmetic Bronzers adhere to the skin once applied, “stain” the skin and provide a temporary color that washes typically off within a few days. These Cosmetic Bronzers offer an excellent color guide for the technician, immediate color while DHA works its magic, and a complimentary tone based on the formula used on the client. 


Many sunless solutions rely heavily on cosmetic bronzers and artificial dyes for their tan development because they’ve sacrificed a quality DHA to cut costs. A fake or low-quality DHA cannot produce the pigment expected from a spray tan when using a quality ingredient.

SJOLIE works on the power of clean and high-quality Dihydroxyacetone (DHA). When applying more than one coat to the skin, you are not increasing the DHA percentage in the solution; you are merely increasing the number of bronzers sitting on the surface cells. Layering your solutions can create unwanted “sticky” feelings, result in an overly dark or orange development. This is ultimately leading to uneven fading.

Trust that your solution can be applied in one even coat and still produce a gorgeous, dark, natural tan!


“Well, I spray two coats because my client wants to be darker.”

Think about it; if you are spraying your client with two coats of No 9 Solution (9% DHA), your client is not going to develop to an 18% tan! If your client wants to be darker, move up a solution level, add DHA Booster Drops or take advantage of SJOLIE’s Mixology methods! 

If you have been using more than one coat on your clients, this will save you in the long run! More solution = more cost to you. By using the recommended 2 oz. of the solution, you can expect 16 spray tans out of one quart of solution opposed to 8 tans per quart if using 4 oz. That is 16 tans to bring revenue into your business! By using SJOLIE solution the way it’s intended to be used, you will have your clients glowing flawlessly and allow you to have the less wasted product.

Keep in mind; less is more. Increased amounts of a solution on the skin, means more money coming out of your pocket and more problems that may arise.


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Step One: Communicate with your client and decide which solution will best give them their desired tan outcome

Step Two: Prep, your client! Generously apply barrier cream to dry areas of the skin such as hands, palms, feet, back of the knees, etc. Spritz SJOLIE’s pH Balancing Spray to the areas that you will be applying the spray tan solution. This includes the face! Using a clean, dry cloth or the hose of your applicator, thoroughly dry your client

Step Three: Using the recommended 2-3 ounces of solution, begin at the bottom portion of the body, and work your way up. Ensure that you are drying as you go and that no excess solution is “beading” or “running” – if you do experience beading or running, use a dry towel to gently blot the area and return with a quick, light pass of solution. 

Step Four: Fully dry your client and instruct them to dress in dark, loose, cotton clothing.