Why is my Airbrush Tan Fading after a few days ?

Good Morning Everyone,
I choose this Question to answer today, because I get it A lot. Unfortunately it’s not one answer. There are many things it could be. I will have to Dissect with some questions and answers. Do you Prepare prior to tanning ? Read the post Preparing for you Airbrushed Tan. Let us assume you do. Are you a swimmer? Chlorine will fade the tan fast it is basically bleaching your skin. Are you A tub soaker ? Their is chlorine in most Towns water. Are you using Natural body washes/soaps? A lot of soap exfoliates the skin. Check the first two ingredients don’t use it if they consist of Alcohol or Alpha Hydroxy. Smelling your product is a quick test, very smelly washes have a lot of alcohol.
(the base of all perfumes) I always recommend Vitamin E soaps or Glycerin. Any natural organic product will work best. Are you using a loofa or product like that to wash with? Answered yes? Throw it away! Airbrush Tans worst enemy. Do you moisturize? Moist skin last longer than dry skin. Moisturizing everyday is advised. If your not doing any of the above and following all advice FIND A NEW AIRBRUSH TANNING SALON! Not all Airbrush Tanning Solution is created equal. Where you are going is probably using a cheep solution. It is true you get what you pay for. The salon owner is probably trying to save a few bucks. In return they will loose a few instead.
I hope this helps.
Thank you for the questions and please keep them coming….
Everyday: Good or Bad is A Gift! Use it Wisely 🙂

Favorite Part of my Job

Good Morning,
This weekend someone asked me what is my favorite part of my job. My answer surprised them. (Its not the traveling or the celebrities, as you would think.) Saving people from Skin Cancer. I guess that is surprising if you don’t know me. I have skin cancer. I have had many surgeries and my face cut up. The sad part it was totally preventable. Being a nurse I should have known better. I was young and invincible. Of course we didn’t know then what we know today about Tanning Beds/Booths.
Every time I turn a Bed/Booth Tanner into an Airbrush Tanner makes me smile. Everyday I get to do something I love that has life long benefits. When I started this about 14 years ago it was practically unheard of. Today the industry is grown by leaps and bounds. It makes up over 50% of Tanning revenue. With education and products improving I truly believe that Airbrush Tanning will be the future of Tanning. As it should be. Tan skin looks sexier, healthier and hides many flaws. Just get Airbrushed Tanned for all the benefits WITHOUT the RISKS.

Everyday, Good or Bad is a gift! Use it wisely


Tanning And Celebrities


Good Morning,
Today I would like to share with you some Celebrity Tanning Facts.
Celebrities DO NOT come into Tanning Salons. They don’t have to. They have wonderful Make up Artist on Staff. Like my beautiful Friend Jacqui Phillips Jacquiphillips.tv/about-jacqui who works on Mob Wives. Shout out ladies www.vh1.com/shows/mob_wives/season_4/series.jhtml I usually Tan them once and they love it. On my second visit I talk to them about training their own Make Up Person. You see, it is impossible for me to be everywhere. My clients are all over the country when they are home, and forget about it when they travel. But these Talented Make Up Artist ( and they are artist) travel with them. Or work on the set while filming. It makes sense I train them (you can read about Training in a prior post) and they purchase all of their own equipment. A lot of the time the Make Up Artist (if they are smart) will come and get training just for the fact that its something they can add to their list of Skills when applying for Jobs.
Why am I telling you all this? Because I was sitting with Friends (in a public very swanky Bar/Restaurant) watching the Grammys Red Carpet. I could over hear the woman a few stools down boasting about whom she has worked with and what Tans she did. Now I know for a fact that at least two of them she didn’t because I did. Thats why I was there. It makes me so angry and I wanted to say something, but then I thought I will write about it. I will be the Bigger person. The professional. The truth is no celebrity is walking into your Tanning Salon! If you have to stand around boasting about yourself, Your probably trying to be something your not. A true Professional will guard celebrities secrets. A true professional works on word of mouth and referrals. A true professional understands silence is golden.
Everyday, Good or Bad is a Gift. Use it Wisely
BTW : Her body is slamming and you would have known that had you Tanned her !

A Great Airbrush Tan


Good Morning,
How Great Michelle looks! Would you guess this was an Airbrush tan? I don’t think so. That my friends is the point. I recently did an event where I tanned about half of the models. As I sat in the audience, I asked the people around me to guess what girls were Airbrushed. I am happy to tell you they got most of them wrong. This makes me happy and sad at the same time. Im happy my work is so natural looking its undetectable..BUT I’m sad so many people have such a bad opinion about Airbrush Tanning. A good Airbrushed Tan looks better than a natural tan. The skin is not as dry and the clients do not get wrinkles. I promise you it looks far better than a UV Bed/Booth Tan! All I need to do to prove this point is to remind you of the tanning MOM. http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Tanning-Booth-Mom-Arrested-Girl-New-Jersey-Nutley-Court-149837735.html

Everyday, Good or Bad is A gift. Use it wisely ….

Preparing for your Airbrush Tan

Good Morning,

         So your going to get a tan GREAT!!  Lets talk about getting ready. Fresh from the shower is always best. Thru out the day pores produce oils and collect things like polution, pollen, etc. Tanning solution is absorbed into your pores. When pores are clean and open more solution is absorbed and results are best. Recently exfoliated skin is always good. Think about it this way our skin is in a constant state of flux (a fancy word for shedding). Your arm may be ready to shed in some areas and be fresh skin in others. Dry skin will always suck up more solution then balanced skin. This can cause different color results when airbrush tanning. Exfoliating is a way to remove loose skin and level the playing field. I would like to give you some advice on exfoliating…Throw away LOOFAS! They are the worst. Loofas cause micro abrasions to your skin allowing bacteria to enter, and are a breeding ground for germs. Anything that feels rough and scratchy is NOT needed or recommended. Exfoliating is very easy. You can soak in a hot tub then use a wash cloth in circular motions over the whole body. If your not a tub person then I recommend purchasing a soft exfoliant product. Look for something with pineapple in the ingredients for that is a natural exfoliant. Again whatever you use should not feel scratchy. On dry skin put your exfoliant on wait five minutes then jump in the shower. Use a wash cloth in circular motions. After bathing dry yourself briskly with a towel. You have just exfoliated. If your tanning right after exfoliating please make sure to soap up and rinse again. Just to make sure all residue is removed. Then head on over to the salon. Don’t put on any perfume, makeup or deodorant. I will explain this tomorrow…

Everyday, Good or Bad is a Gift ! Make it count….


Brides and Airbrush Tanning

Good Morning Everyone!

I want to follow up on last weeks question with a little more advice. We unfortunately, can’t assume every Airbrush Tanning Technician is properly Trained. With that in mind you the client need to be a bit more educated. There are things you can do to ensure good results. First and for most No BRIDE should ever be tanned for the first Time right before the wedding!!!!!! You need to do a trial at least two weeks before! Please head this advice. In salons I own this is a RULE! Brides less is more. Please only use a natural solution. You want to look like you have beautiful glowing skin. Most importantly because the camera will photograph you darker. I have seen pictures of brides, to dark in a white dress. Not pretty.

This whole week will be advice on preparing for your airbrush tan Please follow along

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My First Question…WHOOT WHOOT so Excited:

Hi Christi

I am getting married in April. I have never had a spray tan but my makeup girl   XXXXXXX suggested it. I am a little nervous about it. I live in XXXXXX Texas, can you recommend a place?



Hi Sharon,

First of all Thank you for the question and visit to my blog. I am currently working on a list of recommended locations but its going to take awhile. I need to really research and secret shop the locations. If I am putting a recommendation out there with my name on it, I need to be sure. That being said you can find out a lot about a place before you visit by asking the right questions.   This is what I would want to know….how long have they been in business? Is the solution organic ? FDA approved ? Will they provide a free Sample? Is satisfaction Guaranteed ? Ask tons of questions, can they answer them ? Do they sound like they know what they are talking about ? Then you need to do your research use social media check the facts. Look for photos and recommendations from other clients. When you find a place you like stop by unannounced, you should feel welcomed. The location should be clean and the staff helpful informative and friendly. If not just leave. Your first impression speaks volumes. If your still feeling the love for the place Great! Sit in the waiting room for awhile and watch people before and after. Talk to them, Do they love it? How long have they been Clients? Before you leave ask for a free Sample ( get it on your belly where you can hide it if necessary ) The next day check your sample, Do you like the way it looks? If so You have found your tanning salon.

I hope this helps

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What Should Training consist of ?

Good Morning Everyone:

We left off considering do we need training. I think we can all agree, if we want to succeed, we do! So what kind of training should you look for ? In my opinion any good class will be at least two full eight-hour days. It should consist of: what is Tanning solution and where it comes from. What Tanning solution can and can’t do. How to use tanning solutions properly on your clients. Color guides for pigmentation. How to address and fix mistakes. FDA guide lines and rules and regulations. It should also have a few hours on equipment. What are the different types and How to use them properly. Maintenance and troubleshooting are so important! Imagine a new client half tanned and your gun stops working. Yikes!!!! And you don’t know how to fix it. Not a good situation to be in. Yes, defiantly equipment. You also need to learn where to put the tanning solution and where to not put it. Have you ever seen a spray tan on someone and on the inside of the wrist is a stop line so their hands aren’t tan ? Well you shouldn’t have!  That is wrong and a bad spray tan. A good spray tan is undetectable. It looks like natural. Depending on the color it can even pass for a natural skin tone. I have a lot of celebrity clients that are tanned weekly with our Natural Solution. The public assumes they have beautiful glowing skin. That my friends is a good spray Tan. After you learn this basic background information, you need hands on training. You need to put that gun in your hand and tan people. At least three with someone trained standing over you. It is so much harder to break bad habits then to form good ones. You need to be tanned and go thru the whole experience. So that you understand how your clients feel. You need to be able to ask questions. You need to see your results. You need to learn how to explain the process, how to answer questions from your clients. You need to learn how to treat clients. (there are rules and regulations on touching clients) You need to learn professionalism. You need to practice practice and then practice some more ! In my opinion you should never charge a client until you are 100% confident in your abilities. All of this is at least two full days. When you take one of my class’s after your second day I will send you out to practice on friends on family for thirty days. Anytime after your thirtieth day you can test.(I will tell you in class what we look for) With completion I will issue you a certificated Tanning Technician certificate. I have been teaching airbrush tanning for ten years. I still feel like I never have enough time with my class. There is just so much to learn. That is why I stopped teaching at Trade Shows. I couldn’t possibly give an education I felt proud of in the time they allotted me (usually 4 hours). It all boils down to this…If your going to do something do it right. Education and experience are absolutely necessary.

Everyday, Good or Bad is a Gift. Make it count….


Training, Do I really need it ?

I received an email this morning asking me if someone really needs training. YES you do! Think about this for just a minute. Do you want your hair dresser to watch a training video and then cut or color your hair ? It will take days and many times months to correct the mistakes someone untrained will make. Remember you will need to walk around looking cray cray until you find a professional to fix it. How do you feel about that ? Scares me. I have seen way to many airbrush tans  that are hideous ! I notice it most in  the spring when everyones showing some skin.  It makes me actually crazy to see how many bad tans are out there. I just want to scream thats not the way its supposed to look. I wish I could train the whole  world. You see they lump us together. They judge us as Airbrush Tanning. When your out there untrained, doing your thing . It hurts all of us who work so hard. I haven’t even touched on doing this and then trying to open a business. I have seen this happen way to many times. You might as well stand in the street and throw money. People will at least like you. lol If your tanning people and they walk around looking cray cray for a week. I imagine they won’t be to happy, and everyone they encounter during that week is sure to see and hear about your business. It won’t stop there, she will be mad for years to come and tell everyone when the conversation of tanning comes up. Think you or your business will succeed ? I will leave you to ponder that today…….more tomorrow.

Everyday good or bad is a gift! Make it count.