Archive for January, 2012
Although its American reincarnation “Skating with the Stars” was a ratings flop, ITV’s “Dancing on Ice” continues to be a hit in the UK. The show’s premise is nearly identical to that of “Dancing with the Stars.” At the start of the season, each professional skater is paired with a celebrity contestant. The couples are tasked with performing an ice dancing routine for each show.
At the end of each performance, a panel of six judges scores the couples on a scale of one to ten. Television viewers have the opportunity to vote for their favorite couple. The couple with the lowest combined score gets the boot. With the costumes, outrageous stars, and fake tans courtesy of a back stage spray tan tent, it’s no wonder the show continues to be a hit.
I read a hilarious blog post yesterday about an amateur spray tanner. I’ll bet it was probably a hoax, but the story brought tears to my eyes. The basic gist of it was a friend wrote to another friend detailing his “you know you’re a redneck when…” experience.
Apparently, the man’s wife wanted a spray tan but wasn’t willing to pay for a salon. Instead, she had her husband give her a fake tan using an industrial paint sprayer loaded up with homemade spray tan solution. He claimed to have dried her off with a leaf blower! Like I said, I can’t imagine this story being true, but if it were I don’t think that tan was exactly what the woman had in mind.
As a successful spray tan business operator I’ve learned to make money off of selling product. While I do make most of my profit off of spray tan sessions, selling moisturizers and tan extenders has proven extremely beneficial to my bottom line. One product you might be surprised that I sell is sunscreen.
Yes, you read that correctly, sunscreen. I frequently remind my clients that a spray tan does not protect them from damaging UV light. They still need to wear sunscreen when they’re sporting their sun kissed looks out of doors. With so many women more conscious about the health of their skin, tinted sunscreen has become one of my top sellers!
Moisturizing should already be part of your daily skin cleansing regimen, but it is especially important if you frequently receive spray tans. When skin is dry a spray tan is likely to fade faster. A good moisturizer helps keep color in place and makes your skin maintain a healthy glow.
It used to be that moisturizers made for spray tan maintenance smelled foul. (I remember a roommate who just slathered herself with the stuff and it would stink up our whole bathroom). Nowadays, spray tan moisturizers smell a whole lot better while getting the job done.
If you’ve broken one of the cardinal rules of spray tanning –“thou shall not wear tight fitting clothes immediately after receiving a spray on tan” – then you’ll need some help removing the stains. Removing stains from cotton clothing is simple; just run them through the wash with a bit of spot treatment. Synthetic fabrics, like polyester, should be soaked in warm water with pre-treater. If the stain grows faint, then throw it in the wash per usual.
Dry clean only clothing is a bit trickier. Try soaking the garment in warm water with non-bleach spot remover, rinse, and then allow it to air dry. If this does not work, then you’ll need to take the garment to a professional dry cleaner. Make sure to tell them what compounds were in the spray on tan so the cleaner knows how to treat the spot.
Now that I’m nearly through the first two seasons of “The Only Way is Essex” it’s fairly easy to identify the “reality” show formula used in each episode. For instance, a lot of gossip is disseminated in Amy’s Salon.
It always seems whenever a guy or girl is drying off in the mobile tanning booth or getting a massage from Amy, they feel the need to divulge all of their secrets. Usually the secrets involve who is “snogging” (kissing) who or who is in a feud with who. It’s great fun to watch all these extremely tan and overly made-up individuals go at it with each other over trivial things.
Thanks to the Internet I can watch television shows from all over the world. I particularly appreciate being able to watch British comedies (several of which get exported to the U.S. – did you know “The Office” was adapted for American audiences from the British version?). Though I’m a little ashamed to admit it, I recently got hooked on a British reality show called “The Only Way is Essex.” It is sort of a British hybrid of “Jersey Shore” and “The O.C.”
One of the main characters in the first two seasons of the show is a beautician named Amy Childs. She run’s a salon, appropriately named “Amy’s Salon,” which offers spray tanning services. As her salon space isn’t very large, she uses mobile sunless tanning equipment, like a pop up spray tan tent, to give clients a great glow.
Today’s women are savvy and not afraid to ask for what they want. They are more educated than their mothers, career oriented, and generally live a faster paced lifestyle in their 20s and 30s. The most successful spray tanning businesses cater to this demographic.
The professional woman doesn’t have hours to spend in the salon. They may not even have time to step into a salon, so a smart business person knows to bring the business to the clientele. Mobile spray tanning offers the fast concierge service modern women desire. This can mean big bucks for a savvy entrepreneur.
My time visiting my aunt and uncle in Florida has been wonderful. I spent December 31st exploring South Beach and stopping by various hot spots to ring in the New Year. Thank goodness I got a spray tan before I took my trip because every man and woman in Miami seems to sport a fantastic glow. Without a tan, I would have stood out like a sore thumb.
I spent the first day of 2012 lying on the beach, recovering from the previous night’s festivities. Getting this great spray tan got me thinking about starting my own salon business. While we were relaxing, I decided to bounce some ideas off of my aunt on how to start a tanning salon business. She’s a good listener and made some excellent points about starting a new business venture.