Take a look at the top 8 spray tan essentials that are absolutely necessary in order to achieve a top rated spray tanning service. 

Spray tanning might look easy, but it’s not just a couple of sprays and your done. It requires a certain technique and consistency that keeps your clients coming back for bronze after bronze. Here’s our top 8 spray tan essentials:

Training & Practice

Spray tan training is absolutely essential to give a great service and to be properly insured. You might think about insurance and make a guess that nothing could really go wrong with spray tanning, and your probably right, but if your client slipped and hurt herself in your salon area, it’s best to have insurance for piece of mind! You can get spray tan insurance from Salon Gold or The Guild of Beauty Therapists and it’s usually about £50-£80 per year in the UK.

The best spray tan training can be had in college, a short day course in a local beauty school or spray tan brand supplier like St. Tropez, Nouvatan, Fake Bake etc. A brand supplier is probably one of the best types of training because they are hoping you will continue to use their product in the best way possible.  It is absolutely essential to know the techniques required to spray tan paying clients, so once you’ve had your course, make sure you get as many people to practice on to give you their honest feedback.

Spray tan area

Whether you are mobile, work from home or have a salon, your spray tan area needs to be a safe and clean environment for your clients to truly enjoy every aspect of their spray tan experience.

Old spray tan is not that nice a smell, so your spray tan tent or booth needs to be hosed or wiped down after every session or if you have a tent, when you are finished for the night. Your booth or tent should have a non slip floor, a fan and an extraction unit to suck in all the excess tan.

Barrier cream

Barrier cream is an aqueous cream that you apply to dry areas such as knees, elbows, ankles and hands. This barrier cream stops the spray

tan solution turning these dry areas too dark compared to the rest of the body. Dry areas tend to suck up tan more than any other area, so you need to delay it with this cream.

Feet & hand technique

You do not want to over do someones hands, wrists, feet or ankles. It is probably one of the most complained about aspects of spray tanning and it will put your clients off from getting a spray tan. Practice on yourself or a friend till you get it right.

Client advice

When your client arrives always do a colour consultation. Make sure they know that whatever they wear during will be fine and advise them to put their sticky feet on and not to touch their body or the booth during treatment.


Run through your advice in a quiet area away from the spray tan machinery. Make sure your client understands they aren’t to touch water, wash their hands, hold their bag on their arm or go to the gym afterwards. All your aftercare advice should be given to you by your trainer.

Spray tan extractor

A spray tan extractor is a spray tan essential. It’s illegal to not have one in your salon if you are performing spray tans in the UK. Make sure it’s a good one with a high airflow suction square metre per hour, 600-800 m3h is a good number. They are expensive but you will have less cleaning and the air quality will be a lot better for you and your client. Streaming eyes is not something your cleints want during your spray tan session!

Client prep

This is absolutely is an essential part of spray tanning and it’s up to you to get this advice to your clients before they arrive. If it’s on an email reminder, text or on the phone when your taking their booking, you need to let them know that prep is essential for an even and long lasting spray tan. If you don’t know what client preparation is, it’s to exfoliate, arrive with no make-up, deodorant, moisturisers and to bring loose clothing.



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