is applied and usually takes 7-12 hours for the tan to fully develop. The tan
lasts between 5-7 days but can be extended with the use of moisturizers and tan
extenders, which contain small amounts of DHA (1-1/2-2%). It is recommended not
to shower, bathe or swim during the first 12 hours after a tanning session. Also,
swimming in chlorinated water will cause the tan to fade more quickly.
are different percentages of DHA in the product for different skin types. They
all come in clear or dark. The dark varieties allow the application to be tracked
- you can see where you have sprayed and it gives the "instant gratification"
tan that some clients want.
maximum amount of DHA percentage that a person should be sprayed with is 11-13%
as the pores will only absorb so much DHA - the rest will wash off.
are additives called boosters or enhancers that can be added by the drop to darken
any of the above formulas.
solutions are fragrance free, hypoallergenic, and fast drying and available in
gallons, half gallons, quarts, pints and smaller sample sizes.
solutions have a shelf life of 7-8 months. Heat or sunlight degrades DHA. DHA
products should be stored below 85 degrees F. and never left in the sun. DHA products
should be kept as airtight as possible as it will oxidize.
following chart shows how much DHA solution should be sprayed by body weight:
1 gallon of solution should
be enough for 65-70 full body sprays.
Spray Tanning Experience
For the Tanning Session
a tanning session, the client should shower and use an exfoliator. Women should
shave their legs prior to exfoliating, as shaving creams that contain oils will
block the pores and the DHA will not penetrate. This cleans the skin's surface
and sloughs off dead skin cells. The client should not apply any lotions, fragrances,
creams or makeup prior to the tanning session as this can cause a streaked, uneven
tan. They should wear an old bathing suit or undergarments taking into consideration
the tan line they wish to achieve. Disposable bras, thongs and boxers are also
available on the market that can be offered by the tanning salon/spa.
hair should be pulled up away from the neck and face. A shower cap is recommended
although DHA will not affect hair color.
polish or a clear coat should be applied to the fingernails and toenails to prevent
nail discoloration. Barrier creams are also sold for this purpose.
the client is a walk-in and has not exfoliated, there are spray-on exfoliators
that can be applied with the spray system. It should be sprayed on one section
of the body at a time, and toweled off with dry paper towels while the skin is
The fabrics of
the clothing they wear during and after the spray tanning could become stained,
depending on the fabric. They should wash all garments upon returning home. DHA
will not come out of 100% silk fabrics.
operator should be wearing latex gloves. Test spray in a sink or basket. Begin
spraying the client's back, approximately four (4) inches from the skin, starting
at the neck. Spray down one side of the back, down to the foot. Repeat the process
on the other side of the back. Make sure the client bends forward to spray any
creases they may have. Then have the client turn to the side and spray the shoulder
to the hand. The client should then raise their arm up while the operator sprays
the inside of the arm down to the armpit and down the side of the leg to the foot.
Spray the front similar to the back, lifting or bending any parts of the body
that are causing creases. Be sure to spray inner thighs as well. Then it's time
to spray the neck and face. Asking the client to close their eyes and hold their
breath, apply the solution in an even manner.
spray the palms of the hands or the bottoms of feet.
a dark spray is being applied, check that all areas have been covered. If a clear
spray is being applied, a second coat may be necessary to ensure coverage.
client should avoid lowering their arms or pressing their thighs together until
dry to avoid streaking or smudging off the solution. A fan or blower can be used
to accelerate the drying process.