This is a question that I get asked my many airbrush tanners and understandably they are freaking out. No one wants to see green on a client rather than a beautiful bronze. This can happen for a few reasons which I am going to discuss here to make you at ease and help you troubleshoot the issue with these spray tan tips..
The first thing is to remember that you should always store your spray tan solution in a cool, dark place under 75 degrees. Many salons use a refrigerator (especially in the warmer tropical climates) and that is OK as long as the solution does not get frozen. In my experience the client turning green is not the result of bad solution, While of course this can happen common sense will dictate that if a client was sprayed with bad solution their entire body would be green. When spray tanners contact me it is usually only a certain area of the body that looks greenish. Bad solution will not “pick and choose” what areas to turn green while being applied to the skin. Also I always train techs should always spray into a paper towel before starting the application. You want to make sure that the cosmetic bronzer looks good prior to starting an application.
Keep in mind that may times you may see a ring of green around the borrle cap or even on the sides of the bottle. This is caused by oxidation, when you take off the cap to pour it gets exposed to air that will cause this effect. Also some techs drip solution down the bottle if they pour fast and forget to wipe it off. This will turn green because it is being exposed to air. This is localized and does not mean the solution has turned. As long as the bronzer looks good w hen spraying in a paper towelrest assured that the solution is good and it is OK to use on a client.
So all that being said…then why does this happen?
Many times while spraying a client you will notice the armpits turning green. This is the most common area and is a result of them having antiperspirant/deodorant on .The DHA turns it green once it comes in contact and just make sure that you advise the client that it will wash off with their first shower and will not effect the final color of their tan.
There are other areas that you can see this with as well and it is a result of the client not properly prepping for their spray tan. Residue on the skin such as sweat, perfumes, lotions and more can turn areas of the body green while spraying them. I recently had a client who didn’t rinse off even the night before and the bottoms of her bum were turning green as I sprayed them, That was due to sweat.
So when this happens, again remember as long as its not the entire body and only certain areas this is a result from poor prep. As good measure you should bring it to the clients attention and give a basic explanation as to why it occurred. Also as mentioned earlier, ensure that it will rinse off in the shower and not effect the final color, This will eliminate the chance that the client notices it later and you can help prevent a panicking text or phone call.
That is why it is very important to use a prep spray on your client prior to spraying them client. Many people think that they might have prepped properly that actually haven’t. Using a prep spray can help ensure all residue is removed from the skin to help avoid any issue. You can use any of them with Perfect Glow Sunless.
If you experience this issue when using a self tanning product check the expiration date. However the dha in self tanners can spoil quicker as many people store it in the bathroom and not in a cool area. But if there are only certain areas of your body appearing green it is because you have a barrier on your skin and will come off when you rinse off.
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