Many of us have heard the uncomfortable story of the uncomfortable tan. Some of us have even lived it. The tan that leaves you overheated, clogs your pores and gives you a flashback to watching the wicked witch as she cries, “I’m melting, I’m melting!” In that moment you flash back to the actual spray and it is almost always one of two things.
The first, is the extra layer. As a matter of both comfort and tan longevity, one coat is always enough. Two coats will keep your skin from absorbing the DHA evenly, which can lead to a shorter tan life and often awful, patchy fade. It will also keep the skin from “breathing” and leading to that sticky dirty feel. Many professionals will spray 2 coats to get the client darker, but what they fail to realize is that they can simply increase the DHA concentration by adding DHA drops or even a stronger formula. By increasing the amount of DHA and not the amount of product, you will end up saving time, money and discomfort.
The second, well, that comes down to technique. Solution should never run or pool. In fact, solution should completely absorb into the clients skin in 10 to 20 seconds. If any of these issues happen, it is not because of the solution, it is reliant on the 3 mainstays of YOUR technique.
- The speed of your pass
- The distance of your gun from the client
- The trigger on your gun
When any of these variables change it can leave you with some unwanted end results. The best way to get back on track is to really pay attention to your technique and practice on a shower wall. I typically recommend taping of a large rectangle onto the shower wall and hone in on your variables as you go from top to bottom trying to stay precisely within your lines and without the solution running down the wall. This is a great stress and worry free way to practice your technique. Especially, as opposed to practicing on a model and having them shower only to spray again and again. After you cover the taped in area simply rinse off and start again if necessary.
As with any profession, you should never stop educating yourself. We all find ourselves in a “funk” from time to time. By consistently working on your technique, you will only better yourself and your tanning reputation.