In Summer, there seems to be someone with a natural, healthy-looking tan everywhere you look. For years, we have been told about the dangers of sitting in the sun to achieve that golden glow, and recent studies have revealed that even the use of a sun-bed is bad for our skin and health. So, how can we obtain that mystical glow?
Airbrush tanning is a relatively new phenomenon, which has been around for about five years. The skin is sprayed with a colour that develops in a few hours. This type of tanning gives you a more natural tan and more even results, without the use of lotions and creams, and you end up having a golden, healthy, even tan all over. Airbrush has also evolved to include make-up, hair, nails and body art, such as tattoos, in its range of products.
Linda Coetsee is an airbrush tan specialist. She told us how she came into this career by working in a beauty salon, where she was required to do spray tanning. Linda loves the great feeling her job gives her and the satisfaction her work gives her clients. She spoke to us about her glowing career.
An airbrush tan specialist is usually also a beautician and, although you can follow this career separately, it’s advisable that you have skills in other beauty areas. Each application takes about 30 minutes and your salary varies according to the number of clients you see and how much tanning they require. A starting salary for this career is in the region of R15 000 per month.
“We enhance your tan, not in the same way as a sun-bed, so there is no damage to your skin, but the tan won’t be a lasting one,” says Linda. You will, however, have the definite effect of a tan. Airbrush tanning is mostly used for special occasions and before going on holiday.
Pros and cons
“The pros,” says Linda, “are that, if you market it right, you can make lots of money. It’s a quick process, so you have lots of time and you can’t make mistakes, if you are trained.”
“The cons,” says Linda, “are inhaling the chemicals while completing the application.”
Required studies and experience
To become a qualified airbrush tan specialist, you have to complete a course through Su-Do Professional Beauty. The course usually lasts about three hours.
“You need to be able to make people feel comfortable with you, you must be willing to work on the floor, as you start at the bottom and work your way up. Also being a marketer is very important, as there are numerous different types of tanning methods,” says Linda.
An average day
On an average day you can see about eight to ten clients, completing one client every hour. This can be a full-time job, especially of you work in a place like a gym.
The best thing about the job
“It’s quick, it’s safe, there are not many comebacks, and if you explain the system to the client properly, they don’t come back with complaints,” says Linda.
The worst thing about the job
“If you don’t explain the complete procedure, then you might have some people coming back to complain about their tan,” says Linda.
So, if you want to make people feel and look good with the help of a healthy, safe tan, then you should consider this as your future career.