When people see someone giving a client a spray tan, they often think it looks easy. However, when you first begin giving spray tans, you will quickly realize that it is a lot harder than it looks. If you aren’t careful when you are spraying a client, you can really mess up the tan. It is easy to leave streaks or apply the tan unevenly. It takes practice to perfect the art of spray tanning. To help you out as you get started, follow this guide to spray tanning basics.
Before you begin the tan, make sure that all of your equipment is ready to go. Make sure that the spray hut is set up securely. Check that the nozzle on the device is clear of obstructions. Make sure that you have the settings right on your machine as well.
Divide and Conquer
The first thing that you need to know is that the proper way to spray tan is to divide the client’s body into zones. This approach keeps you from being overwhelmed, and it allows you to apply the tan as evenly as possible. You need to develop a routine to make sure that you get all of the zones without repeating any of them. If you follow the same routine every time you apply a spray tan, it will make it easy to do the tan correctly.
Front of the Body
Most technicians like to start with the front of the body. When you are doing the chest, start at the shoulders and slowly spray back and forth as you move down the body. Next, have the customer hold her arms away from her body. Slowly run up and down the inside and outside of the arms to ensure that you coat them thoroughly.
After you finish the chest and arms, it is time to move down to the legs. Take special care to get the thighs. It is easy for beginning spray tan techs to fail to coat the inside of the thighs well enough.
After you get the front of the legs, have the customer turn around. Coat the back of the legs, taking care to avoid overlapping too much with the sides of the legs that you have already sprayed.
Once you finish the legs, it is time to spray the back. Take your time and slowly spray from side to side over the whole width of the back. Again, try to avoid overlapping too much on the sides where you sprayed the chest. Finish the back by spraying the neck.
Finish the job by spraying the client’s face. Make sure that the client closes her mouth and eyes gently but firmly. Make sure that you spray the face as quickly as you can.