It's no secret that spray tanning is a growing trend. People spray tan for weddings, reunions, birthdays, vacations, or just to keep some color. However, most of the time and understandably, people don't know all that much about spray tans. I have been spray tanning clients since January of 2009. So, hopefully I can answer some questions and explain spray tanning.
There are two different ways to get a spray tan: booth spray tans vs. custom spray tans.
First, the booth spray tans. Chances are you have heard of the Mystic booth or VersaSpa and there is one fairly close to where you live. The booth is essentially a machine that mists the customer with their choice of spray tan solution. What I mean by choice is that most salons allow customers to choose from a light, medium, or dark spray tan solution. The spray tan booth is perfect for customers that do not feel comfortable allowing someone to spray tan them. However, it is important to remember that the booth does not cover the body as evenly with solution as when someone is actually applying the solution. Also, a booth spray tan typically only lasts about three to five days.
The second way to get a spray tan is the custom spray tan. This is where a trained professional spray tans solution on the client. Similar to the booth, clients are given a choice of the spray tan solution used. After seeing your skin tone, your spray tan artist will also give you his/her opinion on the solution that will give you the best, most natural color. A huge plus to custom spray tans is that the spray tan artist is able to cover the entire body which helps to avoid streaking and discoloration. Custom spray tans usually last about seven to ten days. The most important thing to remember when getting a custom spray tan is that you need to find a trained spray tan artist that has experience in spray tanning. If you cannot find a trained spray tan artist, you might be better off going into a booth.
There is a cost difference between booth spray tans and custom spray tans. It is important for users to understand that custom spray tan solution costs more and you are paying for a trained professional to spray tan you rather than a machine. If you are too uncomfortable to get a custom spray tan I totally understand. If that is the case, I personally would recommend finding a Norvell Auto Revolution booth or VersaSpa booth. Those booths have the most up to date spray tan technology right now.
Booth spray tans will range anywhere from $5 to $35 at most salons. The price depends on the type of booth, if you purchase a spray tan package, if the salon has a sale/promotion going on, the type of booth/solution, and what products are being used (prep spray and post moisturizer).
Custom spray tans range anywhere from $25 to $60 at most salons. The price depends on the solution being used, if you purchase a spray tan package, if the salon has a sale/promotion going on, and the spray tan artist’s experience. Some spray tan artists travel as well. Having a spray tan artist come into your home generally costs a little more due to travel time and set up/break down.
Now, it is no secret that some businesses advertise custom spray tans for as little as $10. As a true professional spray tan artist, salons and people that do this make me insane. First of all, custom spray tanning is an art. I’ve spent countless hours practicing my spray tan technique and I continue to educate myself by reading, watching videos, and attending seminars on spray tanning. The time and effort that I have put into perfecting my art should not go unnoticed, underappreciated, and underpaid. My customers know that when they come to me for a spray tan, they will have a professional, personal, and quality experience. They leave my salon feeling confident that they have a beautiful tan.
As for the $10 spray tans, I promise you will be getting a $10 spray tan. Understand that you cannot expect someone to put forth their best effort if they are not being paid to do so. Not to mention if their best effort is only worth $10, what does that tell you? If you are willing to risk your tan, then by all means go for it. If you want a quality, professional experience I would look elsewhere.
Hopefully this answers questions about booth spray tans vs. custom spray tans.
I want to leave you by saying that if you had a bad spray tan experience, I am truly sorry and I understand the embarrassment you felt. However, PLEASE remember there are professional spray tan artists out there that truly care about your spray tan just as much as you do. Don’t let one bad spray tan keep you from finding someone that is going to provide you with a quality, memorable spray tan experience.
Below are images of a Norvell Auto Revolution and a Norvell Z3000 custom spray tan set up.
The Norvell Auto Revolution (spray tan booth) image is from www.norvelltanning.com. Norvell Skin Solutions, LLC owns this image.
The Norvell Z3000 custom spray tan set up image is from my tanning salon, Eclipse Tan. Eclipse Tan owns this image and it cannot be used by anyone unless permission has been given by Eclipse Tan, LLC.