Should you use a prep spray on the client?
Most definitely ! This is a question that I get asked all of the time. Many technicians do not know if they should be using a prep spray.
Prep spray is such a crucial product for spray tanners to use & I always recommend it. Perfect Glow Sunless solutions are already PH balanced however a prep spray is crucial as an extra added measure to help prime and clean the skin for the sunless application.
Why is this important??
Well, we all know how many clients say that they prepped (or think they did) but they didn’t. Maybe they thought they were helping by showering right before their session by having “clean skin” But the products that they are using in the shower (soaps, body wash, shampoo, exfoliating products, conditioner etc..can & many times will leave an invisible film/residue on the skin). Also if they shave right before, they can have shaving cream or residue from the razors moisturizing strips. Or maybe they just came from the gym and are sweaty, or came from a pedicure and have lotion on their legs. So a prep spray is an extra added measure to make sure the skin is free of barriers.
The simple fact is that all of these things (plus more) can cause a barrier and hinder the tan from developing properly. And if it does then the client panics. We have all experienced the calls and texts from an upset client who might be freaking out because there is a problem with the tan. And the reality is that 9 out of 10 times it is because of poor prep ! So even though it was not the fault of the salon, it does not eliminate the issue of the client blowing up your phone or texting you pictures. Sound familiar?
Besides it becoming time consuming and stressful for all involved, the more phone calls or texts you have to spend time answering are eating away at the profit margin you made off of that tan. Especially of the client has to come in for a respray or touch up! So using a prep spray on every client can help further clean the skin and help give the client & you that extra added measure to help eliminate many issues due to poor prep.
Some techs charge their client for the prep spray however I do not. That is a personal decision that you can decide on for your business. However I find that many people are on a budget and do not want to pay for certain“extras” & do not realize how important this is ( Again, if they just showered they think they are clean and their skin is ok) So I like to offer this as a complimentary service. My reasoning is that it is very beneficial for me to use it as this can help eliminate any post tan problems. I feel that for the low cost, providing something that can save me time and headaches due to issues with the tan development is worth more than the $2-$3 up sell.
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Melissa Weinberg is the creator of Perfect Glow Sunless which is a premium luxury line of professional spray tan solution and self tanning products. Her products are used by professional salons and spas all over the world. She is also a spray tan expert and trainer located in South Florida.